Principal photography for “Star Wars: Epsiode VIII” has started, and will take place at various international locations like Skellig Michael Island, Ireland, Dubrovnik, Croatia, and of course the traditional Pinewood Studios in England. The former was seen at the end of “The Force Awakens”, and in the announcement video last month, viewers were left wondering if the Rey/Luke scene was new footage by “Ep VIII” director Rian Johnson or from JJ Abrams’ film.
Today, Daisy Ridley who plays Rey, told MTV that she and Mark Hamill were indeed re-enacting the end scene for the new film. She said: “Me and Mark have been rehearsing a lot, and it’s really amazing. When we went back to Skellig to do the opening of [Episode] VIII, it was so crazy doing the same scene with a different crew of people. He’s amazing to rehearse with, and I’m very excited to be doing the rest of the stuff. It’s such a good story. Seriously. Luke is so cool in this one. Really.”
If this is the beginning of the film, then it marks the first time a “Star Wars” story takes place immediately after the end of the last one. In all previous stories, a certain amount of time had passed (anywhere from months to decades).
Here’s what we know of the sequel so far: “Continuing the epic journey of Rey, Finn, Poe, and Luke Skywalker in the next chapter of the continuing Star Wars saga, Star Wars: Episode VIII is written and directed by Rian Johnson. It 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 newcomer Kelly Marie Tran. The sequel is produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman and executive produced by J.J. Abrams, Jason McGatlin, and Tom Karnowski.”
“Star Wars: Episode VIII” premieres 15th December 2017.