By now you’ve probably heard that Star Wars: The Force Awakens has surpassed the $2 billion dollar mark at the global box office and is basically a huge, monstrous hit of epic proportions. Well, we’re going to get more Star Wars in a relatively short span than ever before, and the follow up, Star Wars: Episode VIII just wrapped its first day of production, and may of the actors took to social media to celebrate.
Mark Hamill reprised his role as Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, though everyone who saw the movie knows he was only in the movie for a handful of shots. His presence loomed over the entire story, despite the fact that he was primarily absent, but given how The Force Awakens ended, his is sure to play a larger role moving forward. On Twitter, Hamill teased the fact that he didn’t have any lines, and that in the start-of-production video that was released to celebrate the beginning of Star Wars: Episode VIII, he still didn’t have anything to say. Yet.
Though his character, Finn, plays a primary role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we’re curious to see how John Boyega fits into the story moving forward and to learn more about the former stormtrooper. From what he says in this tweet, however, it definitely sounds like he’ll have a great deal of action in Star Wars: Episode VIII. And we’ve seen evidence of how hard he’s training, so what we see on screen should kick a lot of ass.
Though production on Star Wars: Episode VIII is only a day old, we’ve already seen our first footage. Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker and Daisy Ridley’s Rey show up briefly in the clip from the island of Skellig Michael. Ridley shared the video on her Instagram account, and considering how many smiley faces she uses, I think it’s safe to say that she’s rather excited to be filming again.
Star Wars: Episode VIII director Rian Johnson had by far the cheekiest celebration of the first day of shooting. The Looper helmer is a fantastic choice to take over the directorial duties after J.J. Abrams guided Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and we can’t wait to see what he can do.
Star Wars: Episode VIII was recently pushed back to a December 15, 2017 release date, but in the interim, we’ll get to see Star Wars: Rogue One later this year on December 16.