Filming Begins on ‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’ – Benicio Del Toro, Laura Dern Join the Cast

Star Wars Episode VIII

Disney and Lucasfilm released a very short teaser announcing the start of filming on Star Wars: Episode VIII, the sequel to Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The short teaser video features only two characters – Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and Rey (Daisy Ridley) – along with writer/director Rian Johnson (Looper), and shows the next chapter picks up right where The Force Awakens left off.

The start of production announcement revealed filming is underway in Pinewood Studios in London as of today and teased the plot involves Rey continuing “her epic journey with Finn, Poe and Luke Skywalker.” The announcement also confirmed Benicio Del Toro, Laura Dern, and Kelly Marie Tran have joined the cast.

The cast of Star Wars: Episode VIII includes Hamill, Ridley, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, and Andy Serkis. J.J. Abrams, Jason McGatlin and Tom Karnowski executive produce, with Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman producing. Steve Yedlin is the director of photography, Bob Ducsay is the editor, and Rick Heinrichs is Star Wars: Episode VIII‘s production designer.

Star Wars: Episode VIII will open in theaters on December 15, 2017.

Watch the Star Wars: Episode VIII announcement video: