Twice now, Rian Johnson has posted a photo from the set of Star Wars Episode VIII, simply because he’s a nice guy who loves you. Obviously, he’s not going to drop major spoilers in this fashion, but the photos can offer a detail or two.
For instance, today he posted a photo which features a familiar face:
Unless he’s just tricking us, this seems to confirm that Lupita Nyong’o’s Maz Kanata, girlfriend of Chewbacca and ancient alien with the voice of a significantly much younger person, will be back for more Star Wars shenanigans.
Granted, since she didn’t die in The Force Awakens and still carries a significant amount of mystery about her, so it would be weird if she didn’t return. But it’s Star Wars, and you never know. They could have maybe saved her for Episode IX. Luckily, they didn't. Hopefully she gets to make some sense this time.