Production Announcement for Rian Johnson's 'Star Wars: Episode VIII'
"Ladies & gentlemen, welcome to Episode 8!" Disney/Lucasfilm have launched a very short hype video to announce the official start of production on Star Wars: Episode VIII (which still doesn't have a title), being directed by Rian Johnson from a screenplay also written by Rian Johnson (Looper, The Brothers Bloom, Brick). This video doesn't show any footage, but does include a tiny glimpse of the return of Luke Skywalker, played by Mark Hamill, who was barely in The Force Awakens. Obviously we will be following along as they continue shooting for the next few months. Check out the short announcement video below.
Here's the first production announcement video for Star Wars: Episode VIII, direct from YouTube:
Description from YouTube: "Cameras roll for the next chapter of the Star Wars saga, written and directed by Rian Johnson." The original casting announcement for this next Star Wars movie stated: "Rey took her first steps into a larger world in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and will continue her epic journey with Finn, Poe, and Luke Skywalker in the next chapter of the continuing Star Wars saga, Star Wars: Episode VIII, which began principal photography at Pinewood Studios in London on February 15, 2016." The cast includes Benicio Del Toro, Laura Dern, and everyone from The Force Awakens. Disney will release Lucasfilm's Star Wars: Episode VIII in theaters everywhere on December 15th, 2017. Follow all Star Wars updates here.