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Production begins on Star Wars: Episode VIII as Benicio Del Toro and Laura Dern join

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Story by Jack Foley

PRINCIPAL photography has begun on Star Wars: Episode VIII at Pinewood Studios in London (February 15, 2016).

An official announcement from Disney confirmed that the next chapter in the Disney franchise has commenced work, with the central character of Ray (played by Daisy Ridley) set to continue her epic journey with Finn (John Boyega), Poe (Oscar Isaac) and Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill).

The announcement also confirmed the presence of three newcomers among the cast: Sicario‘s Benicio Del Toro, Laura Dern and talented newcomer Kelly Marie Tran.

Tran’s credits include the Netflix’s indie XOXO with Sarah Hyland and the College Humor series. She has recurring credits on TV shows like NBC’s About A Boy, Amazon’s Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street and TruTV’s Adam Ruins Everything.

Dern’s recent credits include 99 Homes and Wild, and she’s recently worked on Sundance film Certain Women and The Founder with Michael Keaton.

Star Wars: Episode VIII, which is written and directed by Rian Johnson, continues the storylines introduced in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

It also welcomes back cast members Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie and Andy Serkis.

Star Wars: Episode VIII is scheduled for release December 15, 2017.

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