Episode 8 Bits: A Less Secretive Production, Dubrovnik Set Construction, and Mark Hamill Says Luke Skywalker Could be Gay
Posted on Wednesday, March 9th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Star Wars: Episode 8 is currently filming in London, but production will soon head to Dubrovnik, where there seem to be cameras aplenty. And while you prepare for that onslaught, you can enjoy these Episode 8 Bits:
- Daisy Ridley says Episode 8 will be less secretive.
- Mark Hamill says Luke Skywalker could be gay.
- Benicio del Toro explains how he was cast in Star Wars.
- Actor Lamin Tamba explains who he’s not playing in the film.
- A new look at the sets under construction in Dubrovnik.
- Daisy Ridley shares which Star Wars secret is the hardest to keep.
- Edgar Wright shares one of Star Wars‘ more embarrassing moments.
- A few cool tidbits of information from Pablo Hidalgo.
- And more!
Remember how closely guarded the production of Star Wars: The Force Awakens was? Sure, the “mystery box” approach is director J.J. Abrams‘ modus operandi, but Disney and Lucasfilm played along, keeping as many details about the film hidden for as long as possible. Go back and watch the final trailer now that’s you’ve seen the movie and realize just how little it actually revealed about the finished film.
But now that the Star Wars cat is out of the bag, it looks like everyone is going to be little looser this time around. Although Daisy Ridley spoke about the less secretive production of Episode 8 in an interview with Entertainment Tonight:
I think Rian actually wants to be a bit cheekier with the little tidbits of information that are going out … You can see, even with the way Mark and Carrie posted pictures with their chairs, it’s a little bit freer than it was.
She is, of course, referring to Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher being allowed to share images of the chairs on set, which is the kind of little thing that would have been forbidden on The Force Awakens.
This doesn’t mean the production is going to spill spoilers left and right, but it probably means there won’t be any extravagant examples of misdirection, like when Abrams had Adam Driver dress as a Resistance pilot as he paraded around in front of paparazzi cameras.
Ridley was also asked about which of the film’s many secrets was toughest to keep:
The thing that I found funniest was that I was the child. People were so presumptive. People were like ‘You’re Han Solo’s daughter!’ And I was like ‘How do you know? Have you seen the film?’ Of course I wasn’t. It wasn’t that difficult. We were all keeping this wonderful magic alive.
When the interview notes that one of the big reveals is that Rey is Force sensitive and not Finn, Ridley jumped in quickly to say:
He did wield the lightsaber, so I am going to say that he is Force sensitive. We all have that Force within us.
Is this her way of providing an inspiring message or is she hinting at Finn following in her path to became a Jedi as well? We do know that John Boyega has been doing some sword training…
— edgarwright (@edgarwright) March 8, 2016
Anyway, here’s proof that the wall of secrecy has truly fallen on Episode 8! Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World director Edgar Wright has revealed that dailies from the film have leaked online and took to Twitter to warn Rian Johnson. Scandalous!