With The Force Awakens having now finished its theatrical run and Rogue One entering reshoots ahead of a December release, the next part of the Star Wars saga, Episode VIII, is nearing the ending of principal photography. Director Rian Johnson has posted a new picture on Tumblr, featuring some Jedi robes and the words “In the home stretch.” Check it out below:
Episode VIII has been shooting since February, predominately in the UK, but with some location work in Croatia. Last month, on-set images of the Millennium Falcon were leaked.
Unsurprisingly, very few details about the movie’s plot are known at this stage. However several of the cast have suggested that fans should expect something different from previous films in the franchise.
In April, Oscar Isaac, who plays Poe Dameron, likened it to working on an independent film. “Rian is definitely going to places and investigating things that haven’t really been done in the Star Wars universe,” he told the LA Times. “For me, it’s so fun getting to explore different things that I wouldn’t have expected in this universe.”
Co-stars Daisy Ridley and John Boyega have also spoken about the film’s darker tone. “It’s a different take–darker, bigger,” Boyega told Variety. “Someone will say: ‘How do you get bigger than Force Awakens?’ But it’s crazy.”
Star Wars Episode VIII arrives in theaters on December 15, 2017. It also stars Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Laura Dern, Domhnall Gleeson, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, and Andy Serkis.