“Star Wars: Episode VIII” has officially begun filming
Get ready for more Star Wars coming to a galaxy close to you, and there is much more Star Wars than one fan could ever handle on the way.
According to a report from Entertainment Weekly, the gears have already been turning on the production end for the sequel to “The Force Awakens”.
“There is no better way to propel this franchise into the future than producing quality products,” Disney CEO Bob Iger said. “Filming of Star Wars: Episode VIII, the next chapter of the legendary saga, has just commenced and it will be in theaters December 2017. And production of Episode IX, a 2019 release, has also begun.” Iger continued about another Star Wars film joining the saga, “Filming of Rogue One is virtually completed and we absolutely love what we’ve seen so far.” The story of the “Rogue One” film reportedly centers around the Rebel plans to steal the blueprints for the original Death Star. “This is the first of a set of planned stand-alone stories and we’re already in pre-production on our next one, for release in May of 2018.” That ‘next one’ that is being teased is expected to be the “young Han Solo” movie.
Episode IX will be directed by “Jurassic World” and “Safety Not Guaranteed” filmmaker, Colin Trevorrow. “Rogue One” will be directed by Godzilla’s Gareth Edwards, and will be released Dec. 16.
In supplemental Star Wars news, Iger confirmed that the company planned to break ground later this year on several new Star Wars attractions at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, and Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.