After the success of “The Force Awakens,” fans have turned their attention to the next installment in the film franchise. Currently dubbed “Star Wars: Episode VIII,” the sequel has been subject of numerous fake title leaks and fan theories all circulating the Internet, which is not surprising since Disney has been keeping a tight lid on the film’s plot. The film is set to bow in theaters on December 15, 2017, after being delayed for seven months from its original release date of May 2017.
According to a round up report about the film on SlashFilm, actor Mark Hamill, who reprises his role as Luke Skywalker, may have inadvertently revealed something about the parentage of Rey, who is played by Daisy Ridley in the film. The report noted what the actor said during an appearance at the Oxford Union, that the way he related to Daisy Ridley was like the way he related to his daughter, who incidentally is the same age as Daisy. He later clarified that this was how he related to her as an actor. This tidbit, although it can also be seen in another perspective, may give credence to earlier fan theories that Rey is in fact Luke’s daughter.
The report also cited another tidbit, this time shared by Daisy Ridley. While she was talking about filming a scene with Hamill, she mentioned that they were “doing the same scene with a different crew of people,” referring to the ending scene of “The Force Awakens.” According to the report, this indicated that the sequel’s story will pick up immediately where “The Force Awakens” left off. This is not usual practice in the film franchise, as most sequels usually have a time jump, but this may not be the case for “Episode VIII.”
According to another round up report in CheatSheet, there is confirmed information about the film already. One of these is that the cast of “The Force Awakens” will be returning for the sequel. Another is that production has already started in February, in various locations such as Skellig Michael, Ireland, Dubrovnik, Croatia and possibly Mexico.
Rian Johnson is the film’s writer and director, and for the first time in “Star Wars” history, Lawrence Kasdan is not involved in the film’s screenplay.