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Star Wars: Episode 8 is actually filming right now and all have for you is a bunch of scraps. But you know what? Scraps of Star Wars is better than nothing at all! In today’s edition of Episode 8 Bits:

  • Another spark for your Finn and Poe fan fiction.
  • Cast and crew react to the first days of shooting.
  • The return of a very cool stuntman.
  • Details on Episode 8‘s Croatian shoot.
  • Details on Episode 8‘s Irish shoot.
  • Peter Mayhew officially hits the Episode 8 set.
  • And more!

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The last time we heard from Peter Mayhew, the man under Chewbacca’s iconic fur, he was quietly canceling appearances at a variety of conventions for reasons that were fairly obvious. After all, Episode 8 had just begun filming and its abrupt start date seems to have taken some of the actors by surprise (Mayhew was not the only actor to cancel scheduled appearances). However, a spokesperson for Visioncon has officially confirmed that Mayhew’s absence will be due to him filming the new film and that they were one of many unfortunate cancellations:

Andrea Smith, spokeswoman for the southwest Missouri sci-fi convention, said Peter Mayhew was called to London to begin filming Star Wars: Episode VIII. “They start filming tomorrow,” Smith said Wednesday. “There was another convention this weekend; he had to cancel that, too. It’s not just us, it’s like, seven conventions.”

If you have to drop out of a convention appearance, flying to London to film the next Star Wars movie is a pretty, pretty good excuse.

With everyone gathered in London, the cast and crew of Episode 8 celebrated the first day of filming in their own special ways. Rian Johnson showcased his typical bawdy sense of humor.

Meanwhile, John Boyega showcased his usual enthusiasm. Could “We must face them! Fight them!” be an actual line of dialogue from the movie? Probably not, since the tweet still exists and hasn’t been aggressively pulled down by Disney lawyers, but it’s awfully specific.

Meanwhile, other familiar figures are on the set. Here is Daisy Ridley hanging out with Liang Yang, the stuntman who played FN-2199 (“Traitor!”) in The Force Awakens. He’s almost certainly playing another character, but it’s fun to see him remain part of the Star Wars family.

#FITNESSFRIDAY is back! Got a bit thumb happy on the ole edit so it’s a proper mish mash! Got warm up, activators and my circuit stuff in there! @gravzy12 helping me with the #gainz #swole #fatarmfriday A video posted by @daisyridley on

And sine every major film shoot is a taxing physical ordeal, Ridley also shared clips from her exercise regimen. Being a Jedi-in-training is exhausting, guys.

And John Boyega isn’t slacking either. And yes, that voice yelling words of encouragement in the background is Oscar Isaac.


Now that there exists footage of John Boyega working out while Oscar Isaac cheers him on, the Finn/Poe shippers have officially one into overdrive. And while Boyega insists that their relationship is a bromance, he’s totally prepared for it be taken one step further:

But as far as I’m concerned, when J.J. [Abrams] sat us down to go through the script, it was a bromance. But now I’m learning what Mark Hamill said before when he didn’t know that Darth Vader was Luke’s father: you never know what they’re going to pull. I’m looking at the director Rian [Johnson] closely so he can get me involved early, so I can prepare myself. So who knows?

Well, you heard it here – the big “No, I am your father” twist of the sequel trilogy could be Finn and Poe totally getting it on.

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