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Star Wars Episode VIII Latest News

As you may have heard, Star Wars Episode VIII‘s release date has been delayed by several months, from May 26. 2017 to Dec. 15, 2017. While the logical explanation is that Lucasfilm and Disney probably don’t want to release Rogue One and Episode VIII so close together, and December was a great release month for The Force Awakens, there might be more going on behind the scenes. 

According to the Meet the Movie Press podcast, director-writer Rian Johnson is going through some heavy rewrites for the film’s script. Apparently, the focus of the rewrites is to make Rey and Finn’s roles bigger, while shrinking some of the newer roles. Hopefully the next draft is better for it!

Star Wars Episode VIII Release Date

Star Wars: Episode VIII will be released on Dec. 15, 2017, which is almost a full seven months later than its initial release date of May 26, 2017. We have the complete schedule of upcoming Star Wars movies right here.

Star Wars Episode VIII Director

Rian Johnson is directing Star Wars: Episode VIII. It’s always a good time to remind everyone that he confirmed that news via his Twitter account in the best possible way, with a clip from, of all movies, The Right Stuff. Nice touch.

Looper was an exceptional piece of science fiction, and Johnson certainly fits the mold of some of the other smart young directors that Disney has tapped for Star Wars films, like Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) and Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World). 

Star Wars Episode VIII Filming

Production began in September in Ireland. Initial reports suggested that Star Wars: The Force Awakens was headed to Skellig Michael for reshoots since J.J. Abrams had done filming for the movie there earlier, but Lucasfilm confirmed that director Rian Johnson (Looper) did filming there for Episode VIII.

According to The Irish Examiner, “A crew of around 100 people and cast members, including Mark Hamill who will reprise his Luke Skywalker role, are expected to be on the boats due to leave Portmagee today at 7 am.”

Shooting began in earnest in January 2016 at Pinewood Studios, where it was revealed parts of Skellig Michael had been reproduced for the shoot. 

In other news, J.J. Abrams’ buddy Greg Grunberg, who plays Resistance pilot Snap Wexley in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, told Washington Post that Abrams is starting to regret not directing Episode VIII, especially after reading writer-director Rian Johnson’s script for the upcoming installment. 

Grunberg said, “[Abrams] read it and said something he never, ever says. He said: ‘It’s so good, I wish I were making it.'” Heck of an endorsement for Johnson’s script, eh?