We only have a few months to go until Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters, but (believe it or not) the next installment in the Skywalker family story isn't that far off either. Rian Johnson's Star Wars: Episode VIII is currently slated for a December 15, 2017 release date, and as such the visionary indie director has no time to doddle with this project. The man who brought us Brick, and some of Breaking Bad's best episodes seems to have recognized this, as the editing process for the next Star Wars has already begun. Check out his Instagram post commemorating the occasion below.

Day one!

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Rian Johnson posted the above photo to his personal Instagram account yesterday in order to get fans pumped for the next step in the Star Wars: Episode VIII production. Mission accomplished, Mr. Johnson. It appears that filming on the film has already come to a conclusion, and yesterday saw the beginning of the most important part of the post-production process: editing. He's got a very advanced looking set-up in front of him, and we think he's in for some seriously long nights cutting the upcoming sci-fi epic together. Someone brew this guy some coffee with blue milk.

It would be a major understatement to simply say that we're excited for Star Wars: Episode VIII; we're practically bursting at the seams with anticipation. The wait has only been compounded by knowing that Rian Johnson has produced some of the best, and most tightly edited projects in recent memory. We obviously haven't seen much of the next Star Wars film yet, but if Johnson brings the same level of fluidity, urgency, and rhythm to Episode VIII that he brought to Looper or Breaking Bad, then we have a feeling that this could become the best Star Wars movie to date.

It's honestly somewhat shocking to learn just how much progress Rian Johnson and the crew of Star Wars: Episode VIII have made in recent months. Only a few days ago we also learned that legendary composer John Williams had already seen a rough cut of the film and has begun composing the score for the next installment in the iconic space opera series. Obviously there's still quite a bit of work to be done, but the film seems to have slowly but surely come together.

As hard as it may be to believe, we've officially entered a new era in the world of Star Wars. In the near future we're finally going to see at least one new Star Wars film pumped out annually, which is definitely nothing to complain about. Disney clearly likes money, and I will have no problem forking hard earned dollars over for tightly edited, well-constructed adventures in a galaxy far, far away. That's a no-brainer.

Cinema Blend will bring you more information related to Star Wars: Episode VIII as more details become available to us. The next installment in the Skywalker family story will hit theaters on December 15, 2017; until then, make sure to catch Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in theaters later this year on December 16. May The Force be with you.

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