Star Wars: Episode VIII story to start right after events of previous film


For those who thought Star Wars: The Force Awakens followed the original film a little too closely, you’ll be happy to know that Star Wars: Episode VIII will do something that we haven’t seen in any Star Wars sequel. Between any two of these films, there’s a customary passage of time, whether it be a long, obvious gap such as the one between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope or a shorter, more subtle one that separated the movies within the original trilogy. However, Episode VIII will forgo this tradition and pick up the story immediately following the events of The Force Awakens.

“For the first time, we’re breaking Star Wars tradition and starting our movie right where the last one left off,” director Rian Johnson confirmed at Star Wars Celebration Europe today. “Skellig Michael is an incredibly mystical place. To be there and have that be the irt thing we were shooting was an appropriately surreal way to start everything off.”

The Force Awakens ended with Rey finding Jedi master Luke Skywalker on a remote island in exile after Kylo Ren turned to the dark side and murdered many of Luke’s Jedi in training. It’s almost certain that the next film will explore this further and focus on the relationship between Rey and Luke.

Episode VIII will be released on December 15, 2017 and will be directed, as well as written, by Johnson. Most of the cast from The Force Awakens will  be returning and joined by Academy Award winner Benicio Del Toro and Academy Award nominee Laura Dern.


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