We received an interesting 34 second video clip from Lucasfilm, Ltd. – showing the first few seconds of Episode VIII. You’ve guessed it right, it’s a continuation of last seconds of Episode VII: The Force Awakens, which crushed numerous box office records, including best opening weekend, best overall box office in the U.S., and third overall on global all-time list with $2.03 billion (Avatar is still unbeatable #1 with $2.79 billion).
The movie started filming today in Pinewood Studios in London, UK, set to continue in March in Dubrovnik, Croatia and then follow the trail set by Episode VII: The Force Awakens. Naturally, there are many unknowns and new locations which might reveal, as the principal photography isn’t expected to complete until the summer of 2017.
This is the official press release from Lucasfilm Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, Inc.:
“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.
Star Wars: Episode VIII, which is written and directed by Rian Johnson and continues the storylines introduced in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, welcomes back cast members Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, and Andy Serkis. New cast members will include Academy Award winner Benicio Del Toro, Academy Award nominee Laura Dern, and talented newcomer Kelly Marie Tran.
Star Wars: Episode VIII is produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman and executive produced by J.J. Abrams, Jason McGatlin, and Tom Karnowski. Joining the production crew will be some of the industry’s top talent, including Steve Yedlin (Director of Photography), Bob Ducsay (Editor), Rick Heinrichs (Production Designer), Peter Swords King (Hair and Make-Up Designer), and Mary Vernieu (US Casting Director). They will be joining returning crew members Pippa Anderson (Co-Producer, VP Post Production), Neal Scanlan (Creature & Droid FX Creative Supervisor), Michael Kaplan (Costume Designer), Jamie Wilkinson (Prop Master), Chris Corbould (SFX Supervisor), Rob Inch (Stunt Coordinator), Ben Morris (VFX Supervisor), and Nina Gold (UK Casting Director).
Star Wars: Episode VIII is scheduled for release December 15, 2017.”
This confirms that we Episode VII: The Force Awakens and Episode VIII will be two years apart; from December 17th, 2015 for Episode VII to December 17th, 2017.