Disney announced Monday morning that filming has begun on Star Wars: Episode VIII a with quick clip to reawaken the force in fans.
“Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Episode 8!”
Rey holding out Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber seemed like a passing of the torch from JJ Abrams to Episode VIII director Rian Johnson. Johnson also directed Looper and episodes of Breaking Bad, including the highly acclaimed “Ozymandias” from the final season. Filming has started outside London at Pinewood Studio with principal photography.
The official Star Wars website also announced the additions of Oscar winner Benicio Del Toro and Oscar nominee Laura Dern to the cast, as well as Kelly Marie Tran.
I’m still waiting patiently for the Billy Dee Williams announcement, but Benicio’s sly smirk will tide me over for now. Star Wars: Episode VIII hits theaters December 15th, 2017. Before then, the Star Wars spinoff “Rogue One” will be released this year December 16th. That young Han Solo casting should be announced any day now…