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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Posted on Wednesday, April 27th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
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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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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I remember the good ol’ days when Rian Johnson would post an image almost every day on his Tumblr, but now that the filmmaker is working on Star Wars Episode VIII we definitely have seen less of his personal photography. He has posted a couple photos from the set of Episode VIII, though, including a shot of cinematographer Steve Yedlin on the Millennium Falcon set after concluding the first week of filming. Now Johnson’s latest shows the return of Lupita Nyong’o‘s Maz Kanata. See the photo and learn more about the possible Maz Kanata Episode 8 return, after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, March 24th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
If you’re looking for the latest news on all things Star Wars: Episode 8, you’ve come to the right place. In today’s edition of Episode 8 Bits:
- The nature of Laura Dern‘s character has been revealed.
- A look at a stunt being shot on the Dubrovnik set.
- Andy Serkis can’t talk about Episode 8 because he hasn’t read the script.
- Details on two of the film’s Irish locations.
- Rian Johnson and Mark Hamill goof around on Twitter.
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Billie Lourd was on the red carpet for Fox’s Scream Queens at Paleyfest on Saturday night. We’ll have a full story on Scream Queens later but we got the chance to ask Lourd about her brief appearance in the Star Wars saga. As you probably know, Lourd is Carrie Fisher’s daughter and you may have spotted her in the Resistance base scenes of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. But will she return for Rian Johnson‘s Star Wars Episode VIII?
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Posted on Friday, March 11th, 2016 by Angie Han
Whatever its faults or mistakes, Star Wars: The Force Awakens did exactly what it was supposed to do: it left us wanting to see more of Rey, Poe, and Finn right now. However, that means it also left us with the sinking realization that Star Wars Episode VIII is still far, far away. Director Rian Johnson is hard at work making the next installment of the Skywalker saga, but we won’t actually see the fruits of his labor until December 2017.
So in the meantime, we’ll take what we can get. Last month, we oohed and ahhed over our first tiny taste of the movie when Johnson dropped a production announcement teaser, and today he’s shared another little tidbit from the production, in the form of a behind-the-scenes photo featuring cinematographer Steve Yedlin. Read More »
Exactly two weeks ago, production on Star Wars: Episode VIII began across the pond. An video accompanied the announcement with some footage from the set, showing a couple characters in a scene that looked very familiar to the final shot of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Many wondered if this meant that the film would be the first Star Wars movie where a large chunk of time hadn’t passed in between movies, and now we have our answer. Find out what a certain Star Wars star said about the Star Wars Episode VIII opening, but beware of spoilers if you somehow haven’t seen The Force Awakens yet. Read More »
Just earlier this week, the official announcement of production revealed director Rian Johnson hard at work on the set of Star Wars: Episode VIII with Mark Hamill and Daisy Ridley in a familiar location from the end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. In addition, new cast members were confirmed with Benicio del Toro, Laura Dern and Kelly Marie Tran being named as part of the film. And with production in full swing, we have another look behind the scenes, this one revealing a surprisingly adorable working title logo for the Star Wars sequel. Read More »