Star Wars: The Force Awakens has finally been released. But, that’s not enough. The world is desperate for more. Luckily for the world there’s more just around the corner, because Star Wars: Episode VIII is now just 18 months away.
Daisy Ridley, one of the stand out performers in Star Wars: The Force Awakens as Rey, has confirmed that she’s read the script for the eighth installment to the film ahead of production, which is due to begin at some point in 2016.
Speaking to Variety, Daisy Ridley admitted when asked if she’d had a peak at the script for Star Wars Episode VIII, “I have. It’s very good; very good. Let’s see VII first and then we’ll talk about VIII.”
To be fair to Daisy Ridley you can completely understand why she’d want to keep information regarding Star Wars Episode VIII to a premium for now. Spoilers regarding the seventh installment to the film, which was co-written and directed by J.J. Abrams, have been leaking out ever since the first screenings.
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Other than that, information is at a minimum with producer Kathleen Kennedy offering fans the only other recent bit of news when she confirmed that the film would start shooting in January, while hinting about the cast.
Talking to BANG Showbiz, via the Mirror, Kennedy explained, “There will be a handful of new cast members in Episode VIII but also all the cast members you see here tonight will be in it as well. We’re excited to get back together.”
Kennedy then added, “We start shooting Episode VIII in January, we’ve been prepping the movie for the last year and (writer and director) Rian Johnson has been doing an amazing job.”
What else do we actually know about Star Wars Episode 8? Well, rather than being co-written or directed by J.J. Abrams, who did just that on The Force Awakens, it will be overseen by Rian Johnson, who previously wrote and directed Looper, Brick, and The Brothers Bloom.
It’s also already been confirmed that Benicio Del Toro has joined the cast, while it’s currently been rumored that he’ll feature as the film’s villain. Most of the Star Wars Episode VII cast will be returning to the fold for the film, too, with Adam Driver, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Gwendoline Christie all having shown their own villainous ways in The Force Awakens.
Before we have Star Wars: Episode VIII, there is the small matter of Star Wars: Rogue One, which is part of a new series of stand-alone films that are set in the Star Wars universe but don’t feature the actors and characters from any of the previous films.
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Rogue One will be set in between the events of 2005’s Star Wars Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith and 1977’s Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, and will star the Oscar-nominated actress Felicity Jones in the lead role.
Daisy Ridley has admitted that she is a huge fan of Jones, who received her Academy Award recognition for her performance in The Theory Of Everything, and she even made a visit to the set of Rogue One where she met the actress.
Talking about her reaction to seeing Jones, Ridley admitted that it was far from cool, recalling, “It was funny because I went to go see the Rogue One set and I was like, ‘Oh my god, I love you.’ And she’s so tiny, and elegant, and she’s just so small.”
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