STAR WARS: EPISODE 8 Gets Official With A Cast List And Production Announcement

Time to get back into the fray.

Forget Star Wars: The Force Awakens. That’s in the past! We’re all about Star Wars: Episode VIII now. Get with the times!

Of course, there’s not a lot to say about Episode VIII yet, which puts us at that fun spot where any news is massive. With that in mind, check out this video:

Yay! They started filming. And who is going to be in this movie? Well, pretty much everyone is returning. Benicio Del Toro has joined the cast, as we knew. And - here’s the news part - Laura Dern will be there as well. It probably goes without saying that we don’t know who Dern will play. But she’s a great actress whose involvement is very exciting.

Check out the official press release below:

Rey took her first steps into a larger world in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and will continue her epic journey with Finn, Poe, and Luke Skywalker in the next chapter of the continuing Star Wars saga, Star Wars: Episode VIII, which began principal photography at Pinewood Studios in London on February 15, 2016.

Star Wars: Episode VIII, which is written and directed by Rian Johnson and continues the storylines introduced in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, welcomes back cast members Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, and Andy Serkis. New cast members will include Academy Award winner Benicio Del Toro, Academy Award nominee Laura Dern, and talented newcomer Kelly Marie Tran.

Star Wars: Episode VIII is produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman and executive produced by J.J. Abrams, Jason McGatlin, and Tom Karnowski. Joining the production crew will be some of the industry’s top talent, including Steve Yedlin (Director of Photography), Bob Ducsay (Editor), Rick Heinrichs (Production Designer), Peter Swords King (Hair and Make-Up Designer), and Mary Vernieu (US Casting Director). They will be joining returning crew members Pippa Anderson (Co-Producer, VP Post Production), Neal Scanlan (Creature & Droid FX Creative Supervisor), Michael Kaplan (Costume Designer), Jamie Wilkinson (Prop Master), Chris Corbould (SFX Supervisor), Rob Inch (Stunt Coordinator), Ben Morris (VFX Supervisor), and Nina Gold (UK Casting Director).

Star Wars: Episode VIII is scheduled for release December 15, 2017.

These are exciting Star Wars times. We get to start the whole dance over again. Soon we’ll get a title. Maybe this Thanksgiving we’ll get a trailer. And then, at some point, the film will come out, we can do it all over again for Episode IX. This is how we are going to spend the rest of our lives.