By: Dominic Jones
Lucasfilm announced today in a post on StarWars.com that production on Star Wars Episode VIII had officially begun! They also announced three newcomers to the cast, confirmed which The Force Awakens stars were returning, and released an awesome video of director Rian Johnson, Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, and the rest of the crew filming scenes on Skellig Michael (the location from the end of The Force Awakens). Check out the video below,
Joining the cast of Episode VIII are Benecio Del Toro (Traffic, The Usual Suspects), Laura Dern (Rambling Rose, Wild), and Kelly Marie Tran (About a Boy, Adam Ruins Everything). Cast members from The Force Awakens who are returning for Episode VIII are: Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, and Andy Serkis.
The principle members of the crew of Episode VIII was also announced. Via StarWars.com,
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 hits theatres on December 15th, 2017.
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