“Star Wars” producer Kathleen Kennedy has confirmed that the entire main cast of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, at least the survivors, will return for Rian Johnson’s “Star Wars: Episode VIII”. Speaking to Bang Showbiz at the London premiere last week, the Lucasfilm president says:
“There will be a handful of new cast members in Episode VIII but also all the cast members you see here tonight will be in it as well. We’re excited to get back together. We start shooting Episode VIII in January, we’ve been prepping the movie for the last year and (writer-and-director) Rian Johnson has been doing an amazing job.”
Before we get that film though we’ll see the first of the spin-off features with “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”. ForcesTV reports that the film is akin to a gritty war movie and so the production is taking steps to be as authentic as possible.
Around forty members of the British armed forces – specifically an Army Air Corps Apache unit, the Royal Navy, and the Royal Air Force – were given the opportunity to take leave and use it to work on the new film. The group shot on sets in Bedfordshire where filming on the original 1977 “Star Wars” took place.
Gareth Edwards helms ‘Rogue One’ and the production was seeking pilots, aircraft mechanics, and people who would “look natural” in those kinds of environments. The film itself opens December 16th 2016.