Start reloading your nostalgia tanks once more because the sequel to the bank-breaking Star Wars: The Force Awakens has just started filming, announced by Disney big boss Bob Iger. John Boyega, who played the former stormtrooper who got friendzoned while he was asleep, Finn, also confirmed on his Twitter account that Star Wars Episode VIII has indeed commenced filming. (But it’s up to you whether you want to believe a traitor’s words, though.)
All major characters from The Force Awakens are expected to return for Rian Johnson’s much-anticipated follow-up. Well, everyone except for… for… *sniff* H-Han Solo. Although, rumor has it that the famed pilot of the Millennium Falcon will still make an appearance in the sequel. Probably to further provide tear-jerking moments or give him and his best buddy Chewbacca a proper farewell moment, a la Dominic Toretto and Brian O’Connor in Fast & Furious 7.
The story of Episode VIII, like its predecessor, is firmly under wraps. And it’s safe to say that Disney will do everything to keep it that way again. But one thing we can be certain about the sequel, though: Luke Skywalker will have dialog.
Star Wars Episode VIII is scheduled to be released on December 2017. The seventh film in George Lucas’ Star Wars saga has just crossed the $2 billion dollar mark in the box office and is checking up on all the films it laid waste to during the holiday season (Exhibit A: Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip).
Fans don’t have to wait for 2017 for another Star Wars film, though. The Star Wars spin-off Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, set to be released this December 16, 2016, is almost done with its production, also stated by Iger. The spin-off is the first of three planned films that will go in-between the three main installments to make sure that Star Wars makes an annual appearance in theaters.