Star Wars: Episode VIII Rumors & Casting

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Only 639 days until December 15th, 2017…anxious?  This should tide you over:

Emotions are running higher than an AT-AT on Everest as the April 5th release date of The Force Awakens approaches.  Have you reserved your copy? I sure have.  This seems to have helped my anxiety since the film debuted in December, because I haven’t stopped thinking about Star Wars: Episode VIII.

It’s that “Ugh, I have to wait TWO YEARS for the next film?” dread that twists our stomachs tighter than a trash compactor on the Death Star.  To fill the void, I scoured the Internet for some Episode VIII rumors, and what follows is a mere smattering of juicy tidbits and casting announcements.

First off, let’s talk titles.  Episode VIII currently carries the pseudonym Space Bear, just like Episode 4 was labelled as Blue Harvest.  There are currently three contenders for Episode 8’s official appellation:

  • The Search for the Jedi Temple
  • The Tale of the Jedi Temple
  • The Order of the Dark Side

My money’s on the first title, but Episode VIII: Really Lonely Luke has a certain ring to it as well…

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Imagine staring at this for 2 1/2 hours….it could work.

The video above brings back the familiar faces of Luke (Mark Hamill) and Rey (Daisy Ridley).  Now, I love Daisy Ridley maybe/definitely/probably more than I love J-Law at this point, so when she speaks, I listen:

“Me and Mark have been rehearsing a lot, and it’s really amazing.  When we went back to Skellig to do the opening of Episode VIII, it was so crazy doing the same scene with a different crew of people. He’s amazing to rehearse with, and I’m very excited to be doing the rest of the stuff.” (MTV)

Yes! That’s what I want!  Someone who uses words like cool, and crazy, and amazing.  I want a starstruck star!  Add that to the fact she just shut down body shamers, and I think I have a new woman crush.

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So, who’s new? I’ve gathered that Laura Dern (of Jurassic Park fame), Kelly Marie Tran (definitely had to Google this comic talent), and Benicio Del Toro (notable of late due to Guardians of the Galaxy and Sicario).  We don’t know much about the characters they’re playing, but Del Toro did have this to say:

“Then again, (I) may not necessarily play a villain at all.  I dont know if he’s a villain. People are saying that, but its like they read a different script than I read.” (GamesRadar)

 

To add fuel to the fire, Movie Web is reporting that Del Toro’s has appeared with Carrie Fisher’s General Leia (Does General still seem weird to anyone else?). So, good guy? Bad guy?  It’s still tough to say.

 

Game of Thrones fans will thrill to the fact that King’s Landing will serve as a shooting location for Episode VIII.  The Croatian city of Dubrovnik has appeared in several social media outlets, and the media doesn’t disappoint.

More character shots have appeared on the web during the first few days of this week, but if you want to get a close look at Dubrovnik, take a look at the video below:

So, what gives?  Why was Episode VII such a startling surprise when it came out?  One of the reasons why we’re seeing so many Episode VIII set pictures and videos is that Episode VII director JJ Abrams was tight lipped about letting shooting rumors fly…tighter lipped than new Episode VIII director Rian Johnson (again, had to Google him).  If this quote from Vulture is of any significance, then I think we have reasonable evidence to be excited for December 17th, 2017:

“Johnson’s script for Episode VIII is so good that Abrams wishes he were the one directing it.” (Vulture)

Want one more thing to drive your Episode VIII anxiety up a notch?  There has apparently been a casting call with Harrison Ford’s name on it.  Yes, yes…I know the fate of his character (for those of you who haven’t seen Episode VII, I’ll spare you the details and feel sorry for you at the same time), but that doesn’t mean there can’t be a flashback.  And, considering how he just signed on for the 5th Indiana Jones movie, I’d say he’s going to be a busy man.

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