‘Star Wars: Episode 8’ Wraps Production

episode 8 wrap video

A week after a lavish wrap party for the cast and crew that saw Mark Hamill taking selfies with everything that has a pulse and dancing Stormtroopers doing their thing on stage, Star Wars: Episode 8 has officially wrapped production. All that remains now is a year and a half of post-production. And the inevitable reshoots, because that’s a luxury Lucasfilm can afford.

In the meantime, you can watch a quick video from the set commemorating the completion of principal photography. And maybe director Rian Johnson can go nap for three days.

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Star Wars Episode VIII Panel

This morning Star Wars Celebration held a pretty important panel that wasn’t live streamed to fans around the world. This panel concerned the future of Star Wars, and with Disney and Lucasfilm planning to release a feature film every year, not to mention continuing TV shows, likely creating new ones, and much more, there was a lot to talk about.

Everyone has been anxious to hear more details about Star Wars: Episode VIII, especially with production just wrapping a few days ago. Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy and director Rian Johnson were on hand to discuss the sequel, and while they didn’t divulge any huge secrets, there was plenty to soak up regarding the next chapter of the Star Wars saga.

After the jump, find out what movies Rian Johnson revealed as influences on Star Wars: Episode VIII, when the movie started taking shape, how much time has passed since The Force Awakens, whether or not Finn wakes up. Plus, there’s confirmation of another returning cast member and a cameo from another Star Wars filmmaker. Find out what we learned from the Star Wars Episode VIII panel after the jump. Read More »

star wars episode 8 set photos

One of the great pleasures in keeping an eye on the production of Star Wars: Episode 8 over the past few months has been watching director Rian Johnson remain his usual self despite the gargantuan size of his latest film. This may be the biggest film he’s made yet, dwarfing the likes of Looper, Brick, and The Brothers Bloom, but Johnson’s social media presence has stayed on point: he’s smart, funny, informative, and often adorably weird. Oh, and he does what he can to share images from the set, giving fans something to talk about while everything else about the movie (like it’s actual title) remain under wraps.

Filming on Episode 8 is in its final weeks (Mark Hamill says the production is set to wrap up on July 22), but that hasn’t stooped Johnson from sharing images and goofy jokes straight from the set. On this miserable Friday at the end of a very miserable week (have you checked the news lately?), this is the kind of breather we all need right now. See the Star Wars Episode 8 set photos after the jump.

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In this edition of Episode 8 Bits:

  • The latest wacky rumor about Rey’s family.
  • Director Rian Johnson hits social media as filming on Star Wars: Episode 8 begins to wind down.
  • Rian Johnson, Chris Miller, and Phil Lord will share the stage at Star Wars Celebration.
  • And more!

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The Force Awakens Score

In today’s news that everyone expected but we all needed to hear just to reassure ourselves, the developing Disney and Lucasfilm sequels Indiana Jones 5 and Star Wars: Episode VIII have confirmed who will be providing the score for each of the films. And it’s exactly who you hope it would be.

John Williams, the composer behind the iconic themes for both the fedora-toting archaeologist and the saga that takes place in a galaxy far, far away, has been confirmed to compose the scores for both sequels from director Steven Spielberg and Rian Johnson. Williams also has a playful selfish reason that he wants to score Star Wars: Episode VIII. Find out more after the jump. Read More »

Star Wars Episode 8 title

Stop right here if you think this post has any leaked information or rumors from sources, because it does not. The following post is just my humble speculation about what the title of Rian Johnson‘s Star Wars Episode VIII could possibly be and when we might expect an announcement. Its all obsessive nerdery, so leave now if that doesn’t sound worth reading.

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episode 8 set photos

Like with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, production on Star Wars: Episode 8 has managed to keep its veil of secrecy almost completely intact. Other than distant photographs of the sets being constructed in Ireland and blurry photos of aliens and stuntmen in Dubrovnik, Disney and Lucasfilm’s investment in extensive security (which reportedly includes drones designed to take down other drones equipped with cameras) has paid off. So far. Filming isn’t done yet.

Our best look at the film’s sets so far have come from director Rian Johnson, who occasionally shares behind-the-scenes images on his social media. Now, he’s shared two new images and announced that filming had officially reached the halfway point.

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star wars bloodline

A steady stream of Star Wars novels have been published since Disney wiped out the original expanded universe and started rebuilding the larger canon from scratch, but only a few of them have felt like required reading. The upcoming Star Wars: Bloodline is being promoted as something more than just another story set in this beloved universe – it sounds essential to understanding the state of the galaxy as seen in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Now, it’s been revealed that Star Wars: Episode 8 director Rian Johnson contributed to the novel in some capacity, which is an intriguing prospect. It certainly sounds like the seeds of the next movie will be found here.

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episode 8 bits

While that new Rogue One trailer grabbed all of the recent headlines, production on Star Wars: Episode 8 has continued in full force. In today’s edition of Episode 8 Bits:

  • The great Frank Oz has apparently reported to Episode 8‘s Pinewood Studios set.
  • A look at Poe Dameron’s new wardrobe.
  • Details of a “casino” scene and other potential spoilers.
  • Mark Hamill and Rian Johnson get silly on Twitter.
  • Adam Driver chats about the differences between Rian Johnson and J.J. Abrams.
  • Daisy Ridley explains why Rey’s parents don’t matter.
  • A new look at the film’s Irish sets.
  • John Boyega calls Kelly Marie Tran one of Episode 8‘s leads.

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