Wednesday, February 10, 2016

'Star Wars: Episode VIII' Begins Production

Disney CEO Bob Iger has announced that Star Wars: Episode VIII has started filming, according to Entertainment Weekly. Production was supposed to begin in January, but after the release date was recently pushed back 7 months, it's no surprise that the entire schedule has been shifted. 
Aside from Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire, England, and the pre-production already done on Skellig Michael Island, Ireland (AKA the home of Old Luke), filming locations are unknown. But chances are we'll hear all about it; if you recall, it was widely known when The Force Awakens started filming in the Abu Dhabi desert (for the Jakku scenes), and we even got some leaked photos from the set, including an AT-AT foot that we now recognize to be part of Rey's home. 
Skellig Michael
Most of The Force Awakens' heroes and villains will be returning for Episode VIII. Benicio Del Toro confirmed that he will be playing a new villain, and a new, young female role is reportedly being contested by Tatiana Maslany, Olivia Cooke, Gina Rodriguez, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and Bel Powley. 

Furthermore, Rogue One's production is "virtually finished", Iger said. The film's costumes were showcased last month at the Nuremberg Toy Fair, and new story details are leaking constantly over at Making Star Wars, so you can bet that a teaser trailer will be coming our way soon. According to the now-inactive site Star Wars Time, the trailer will be released alongside fellow Disney flick Captain America: Civil War on May 6th. (And if you can't wait that long, there may or may not be a leaked teaser on Vimeo.) 

Star Wars: Episode VIII is being directed by Rian Johnson, and will hit theaters on December 15, 2017. What are you hoping for in the film? Tell me in the comments, and may the Force be with you all.

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