episode 8 set photos

In today’s edition of Episode 8 Bits:

  • Another “leaked” title for Star Wars: Episode 8 has arrived online.
  • The combination of actors on the Irish sets tell us more about the story ahead.
  • Details from a what sounds like a key sequence, but beware of potential spoilers.
  • Rumor-busting Carrie Fisher‘s presence in Ireland.
  • Stunning (and possibly illegal) image from the Episode 8 set.
  • And more!

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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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rey's island

The big questions coming out of Star Wars: The Force Awakens are who Rey’s parents are and where she comes from. Daisy Ridley‘s character even quips that its “a big mystery” early on in the film, and there are certainly a lot of theories going around to who it might be. One piece of evidence that many fans seem to be holding on to comes from John Williams‘ score from the film. We’ve posted about this in the past, but fans have analyzed Rey’s theme (the best song from the new movie) and have drawn some conclusions from that piece of music.

But did John Williams even know who Rey’s parents were when he wrote that piece or orchestration? If not, surely Oscar-nominated editor Maryann Brandon must have been told when she was helping J.J. Abrams shape the flow of the story in the editing room, right? The answer may surprise you — find out after the jump.

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Star Wars Episode VIII Details

Star Wars: Episode VIII is in production right now on the other side of the world, and while set photos have leaked here and there, showing off some of the new locations and the return of ships like the Millennium Falcon and some X-Wings, any significant details are still firmly under wraps.

But John Boyega, who played the new character Finn in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, recently took a break from filming to stop by the Cannes Film Festival (he received the Chopard Trophy along with Diary of a Teenage Girl star Bel Powley), and he ended up chatting briefly about Episode VIII, including what we can expect from the sequel, and one thing that we probably shouldn’t count on in the romance department.

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Star Wars Episode VIII Set Photo

With the exception of some sneaky spy photos from a few different shooting locations for Star Wars: Episode VIII, we haven’t seen much from the sequel so far. An announcement of production showed off the return to Skellig Michael with Rey (Daisy Ridley) attempting to hand off the lightsaber MacGuffin from Star Wars: The Force Awakens to Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), but we don’t know what’s going to happen when we return to that moment right at the beginning of Episode VIII.

Now a new photo from Pinewood Studios has been revealed by Mark Hamill himself, in honor of Daisy Ridley’s birthday. Sadly, it doesn’t show us anything from the actual set, but it does recreate a very familiar pairing from The Empire Strikes Back, one that Luke Skywalker is all too familiar with on a little planet called Dagobah. See the Star Wars Episode VIII photo from the set below. Read More »

maz kanata visual effects

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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In today’s Star Wars Episode VIII Bits, we take a look at:

  • A new location in Ireland is being scouted for the shoot.
  • Reports from the Dubrovnik, Croatia location shoot including Warwick Davis, a space horse and alien creatures. Many set photos and even some videos have been posted online.
  • And a new rumor that claims an original trilogy character may be at the center of the scenes at this location.

Possible spoilers beware. All that and more. Hit the jump for hyperspace!
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Billie Lourd star wars episode 8

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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Star Wars Episode VIII Opening

Whatever its faults or mistakesStar 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 YedlinRead More »