Star Wars 8 Cast Tease Production Starting Soon

Star Wars: Episode 8 filming begins

Star Wars fans are still celebrating the beloved franchise's triumphant return as Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens is still playing in theaters, but the cast and crew don't have much time to bask in the glory. Lucasfilm is running a fairly tight production schedule, with Rian Johnson's Star Wars 8 slated for theatrical release on December 15, 2017. That means principal photography is going to have to start soon, so the team has ample time to piece together the final product in post.

Reports have indicated that Johnson will begin shooting in February 2016 after the schedule was moved back by a month. It would appear that the gang's getting back together in the near future, as various members of the Episode VIII cast are teasing their returns on social media.

Star Wars News Net rounded up a collection of posts from John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, and Johnson himself, all hinting that the cameras shall start rolling in the coming days. We've assembled them for viewing below.

First up, Ridley shared a letter of appreciation she received from Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. Part of the note is presumably about Star Wars 8; fans will notice the Roman numeral VIII in bold letters at the top, and the letter appears to start with "as we begin..." Ridley's use of the hashtag #VIII lends credence to the belief Kennedy is addressing both the tremendous success of The Force Awakens and the commencing of Episode VIII production:


A photo posted by @daisyridley on

Ridley's co-star Boyega let his followers know that he's training to reprise Finn. The actor has hinted previously that Episode VIII will be more physically challenging for him than The Force Awakens was, so it makes sense he'd get in the best shape possible before production started:

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