Director Rian Johnson Offers Update On 'Star Wars Episode VIII'
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If director Rian Johnson is to be believed (and as he's the director there's no reason to doubt him) Star Wars Episode VIII is halfway through filming.
The film started shooting around February time which means the length of the shoot is likely to be about six months in total, which sounds right. There will no doubt be some re-shoots thrown into the mix somewhere too. We still know preciously little about the film because Disney are pretty damn good at preventing leaks. We know for sure that scenes have been filmed where The Force Awakens left off- on Skellig Michael, Ireland. Set photos from Croatia and Pinewood have also been shared online.
Well now we have a few more to add to the collection courtesy of Johnson's Tumblr (are you a teenager bro?) account. They're even in artsy black and white which is a nice added touch.
There's no real detail on where any of these were taken but as this is a studio set it's fairly safe to assume that this was taken at Lucas Film's spiritual home of Pinewood, just outside London. Also Johnson wrote that "I'm the guy with the microfiber sham." Which is obviously good to know, a lot of respect for directors who polish their own props.
It's a little irritating that these shots tell us nothing about the film but as the as yet untitled movie isn't released until December next year we have plenty of time to wait for details to emerge. According to the Mail, Johnson expects primary shooting to wrap on July 15.
If next Christmas feels like ages away, (it is) The Force Awakens is available to own now with all sorts of special features including how all the movie's VFX were put together.
And of course, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is released this December to fill the void while we wait for Episode VIII.
Words by Matthew Cooper
Lead Image Credit: Getty/Stuart Wilson
Topics: Star Wars