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Cameras Have Started Rolling For Star Wars: Episode VIII

by Joe Buchholz on Feb 11, 2016 at 06:40 AM

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There’s no way around it, Rian Johnson has big shoes to fill. Star Wars: The Force Awakens was met with record box office sales and warm adoration from fans. The Looper director is keeping the cultural juggernaut in motion by tackling the next film in the franchise.

Principal photography for the film was moved from January to February which coincided with the sequel being pushed back from May 2017 to December 2017 (the photo above is from the filming of Star Wars: The Force Awakens). Disney CEO Bob Iger has laid out big plans for the future of the franchise.

Star Wars: Episode IX will be helmed by Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow, and Iger has confirmed that the trilogy-ender is already in production with a projected 2019 release date. There will be much more in the Star Wars pipeline to tide fans over until then.

Iger has confirmed that filming of Rogue One, a tale of Rebels attempting to steal blueprints from the original Death Star, is virtually complete. Rogue One comes hot on the heels of Force Awakens with a December 16 release date.

Fans of galaxies far far away will also have the chance to relive their favorite moments from the latest movie by playing the upcoming Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens. To visit the hub of our most recent cover story, head here. For our extensive coverage of everything that has to do with using the force, click here.