Can it be true? Is filming for Star Wars Episode VIII close to being wrapped up?
That is certainly the rumor churning up the mills this week, and personally I believe that it is purposefully being pushed to the forefront. After all, what better way to overshadow the tales that Rogue One requires massive reshoots and possibly even a new director than to let fans know that Star Wars Episode VIII is on schedule (perhaps even well ahead of it)?
This news was brought to light by Star Wars Episode VIII director Rian Johnson himself, who took to his Tumblr and posted a picture of Luke Skywalker’s Jedi robes on set, including the caption “in the home stretch”.
Of course this likely doesn’t mean much more than that principle photography is finished or almost finished – there is surely still a lot of work to be done (CGI, edits, etc.). But it’s nice to see the film’s director being so open about where they stand in creating Star Wars Episode VIII, especially as there’s yet to be any truly official statement about the problems that Rogue One is supposedly facing.
Episode VIII has only been shooting since February, with most of the filming happening in the U.K. and some on-location filming taking place in Croatia (which, between this and the fact that so much of Game of Thrones is filmed there, really bumps Croatia up on my “places to see as soon as possible” list). Not surprisingly, most of the real details are being kept completely under wraps, though comments made by some of the film’s lead actors have made it clear that fans should expect something very different from The Force Awakens. Oscar Isaac told the L.A. Times “It feels like we’re working on an independent film”, while John Boyega told Variety that Star Wars Episode VIII is “a different take, darker, bigger.”
(As a side note, I also loved that the interviewer from Variety referred to the relationship between Finn and Rey as a sort of budding romance, and Boyega immediately responded, “we didn’t establish a romance in seven; we never played it that way… Finn and Rey – they’re just friends.”)
Star Wars Episode VIII is scheduled for release on December 15, 2017, and I for one can’t wait!
Author: Tara Lynne
Tara Lynne is an author, fandom and geek culture expert, and public speaker. She founded Ice & Fire Con, the first ever Game of Thrones convention in the US, and now runs its parent company Saga Event Planning.
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