Well it’s time to start getting excited for the next instalment of Star Wars. Disney and Lucasfilm have just announced that Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: Episode VIII has started production.
Unexpectedly we have also received our first taste of the film. Check it out below!
While it’s not the most revealing teaser in the world, it does hint that we are picking up Episode VIII directly after the events of The Force Awakens. With Rey handing over Luke Skywalker’s blue lightsaber that Obi Wan had given him so many years earlier.
Short and sweet, it still had my eyes glued to the screen in the best way. Rian Johnson appears to be going for a different tone, with the colour palette of this film being much warmer and rich in colours. While that could be just the footage shot on the day without any colour grading it would be nice to have some contrast between the films.
While we still have almost 2 years till it’s release date, we can get excited for the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opening December 15th this year!
Here are the official notes for Star Wars Episode VIII:
Rey took her first steps into a larger world in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and will continue her epic journey with Finn, Poe and Luke Skywalker in the next chapter of the continuing Star Wars saga, Star Wars: Episode VIII, which began principal photography at Pinewood Studios in London on February 15, 2016.
Star Wars: Episode VIII, which is written and directed by Rian Johnson and continues the storylines introduced in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, welcomes back cast members Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, and Andy Serkis. New cast members will include Academy Award® winner Benicio Del Toro, Academy Award® nominee Laura Dern, and talented newcomer Kelly Marie Tran.
Star Wars: Episode VIII is produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman and executive produced by J.J. Abrams, Jason McGatlin and Tom Karnowski. Joining the production crew will be some of the industry’s top talent, including Steve Yedlin (Director of Photography), Bob Ducsay (Editor), Rick Heinrichs (Production Designer), Peter Swords King (Hair and Make-Up Designer), and Mary Vernieu (US Casting Director). They will be joining returning crew members Pippa Anderson (Co-Producer, VP Post Production), Neal Scanlan (Creature & Droid FX Creative Supervisor), Michael Kaplan (Costume Designer), Jamie Wilkinson (Prop Master), Chris Corbould (SFX Supervisor), Rob Inch (Stunt Coordinator), Ben Morris (VFX Supervisor), and Nina Gold (UK Casting Director).
STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII opens in Australia on December 14, 2017.