In a surprise move Lucasfilm and Disney have announced that principle photography has begun by way of a short teaser showing a now familiar scene.
The currently unnamed Star Wars Episode VIII, cleverly pokes fun at the end of Star Wars Episode VII The Force Awakens in its teaser video.
A statement on the Star Wars youtube channel states:
Cameras roll for the next chapter of the Star Wars saga, written and directed by Rian Johnson.
Episode VIII director Rian Johnson will continue the storyline introduced in Episode VII welcoming back cast members Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, and Andy Serkis.
New to the cast of Episode 8 include Benicio Del Toro, Laura Dern, and newcomer Kelly Marie Tran.
J.J. Abrams hasn’t now dropped Star Wars, he will be sharing Executive Production duties with Jason McGatlin and Tom Karnowski.
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 is scheduled for release December 15, 2017.