Star Wars breaking news: The official title for Star Wars Episode VIII revealed!
Star Wars: The Last Jedi written and directed by Rian Johnson. It will be the second installment in the Star Wars sequel trilogy following Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015). The film is produced by Lucasfilm (Executive producer J.J. Abrams) and stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher (Her final film role after her death of cardiac arrest on December 27, 2016) Fisher had completed her work on the film before her death, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, and Andy Serkis in returning roles. New cast members include Benicio del Toro, Laura Dern, and Kelly Marie Tran in unconfirmed roles. It is Fisher’s final film role following her death in December 2016. Johnson has stated that the story resumes immediately after the events of The Force Awakens.
The film was announced after Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm in October 2012. John Williams, composer for the previous seven films, returns to compose the score. Scenes that required shooting at Skellig Michael in Ireland were filmed during pre-production in September 2015, with principal photography beginning at Pinewood Studios in the United Kingdom in February 2016 and ending in July 2016. The Last Jedi is scheduled to be released on December 15, 2017. A sequel, Episode IX, is scheduled for a 2019 release.