The cast and filmmakers of “Star Wars: Episode VIII” are very tightlipped, but they let a few spoilers out during Star Wars Celebration Europe on Sunday. The London convention featured appearances from director Rian Johnson as well as actors John Boyega, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill and more, and they made sure to get fans excited for everything that’s coming up. Find out what they revealed about the 2017 film:
Timeline — It looks like the opening crawl at the beginning of this movie will mostly be recapping “The Force Awakens.” The flick will pick up immediately after where the last movie ended with Rey (Daisy Ridley) finding Luke (Mark Hamill). “For the first time, this movie is going to start where the last one left off,” Johnson told the audience, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Han Solo’s Funeral — Though Rey and Luke’s storyline picks up where it left off, other important events will still take place between films. Audiences will likely see characters mourning the loss of Han Solo (Harrison Ford), but it seems his funeral will take place off screen.
Carrie Fisher, who plays General Leia Organa, seemingly leaked a spoiler when she was asked about the events that happened between “Return of the Jedi” and “The Force Awakens.” She thought the question was about the events that happened between the seventh and eighth installments, according to IGN, and answered, “Han’s funeral.”
Character Driven — There will be plenty of action, but Johnson also wanted to get to know the heroes and villains better in this installment. “The second film is where we start zooming in on the characters and getting to the heart of them, challenging them, and pushing them deeper,” he said (via Entertainment Weekly).
Finn’s Fate — Of course, no one would reveal exactly how Finn (Boyega) is doing after his run-in with Kylo Ren (Adam Driver). However, it seems like the former storm trooper will be affected by it. “The characters have been pushed in a new direction in a very, very cool way,” Boyega said vaguely.
Cameo Appearance — “Rogue One” director Gareth Edwards will make a blink-and-you-miss-it appearance in the film.
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Inspirations — Johnson said that war films really served as his inspirations for “Episode VIII.” “Letter Never Sent,” “The Bridge on the River Kwai” and especially “Twelve O’Clock High” were noted as being influential.
Minimal Green Screen — Though it’s a big budget film, Johnson made as many practical sets as possible.
“Star Wars: Episode VIII” will land in theaters December 15, 2017.