'Episode VIII' is due in December 2017 and could be 'darker' than 'The Force Awakens'
Star Wars actress Daisy Ridley has predicted that the next film’s full title won’t be announced for “a while”.
Ridley is reprising her role as Rey in Episode VIII, the follow-up to last year’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which is due in December 2017, after this year’s spin-off film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
“I heard a title [for Episode VIII], but I don’t know if it’s going to be that,” Ridley said during an appearance on the My Dad Wrote A Porno podcast. “I heard the title a long time ago before we started filming, and so I feel some things have slightly tweaked during production. It’s going to be a while before it’s released, I imagine.”
Meanwhile, Ridley’s co-star John Boyega has hinted that Episode VIII director Rian Johnson will be taking the saga in a different and darker direction.
Boyega said during a recent interview: “Rian Johnson is great. It’s a different take, darker, bigger. Someone will say: ‘How do you get bigger than Force Awakens? But it’s crazy.”
Earlier this summer Johnson shared some behind-the-scenes pictures from the set of Star Wars: Episode VIII. Marking the halfway point in filming, the photos feature an X-Wing cockpit and a computer system. Writing on tumblr, Johnson said: “I can’t believe we’re halfway through the shoot. (We’re halfway through the shoot!)”.
Disney and Lucasfilm have set a release date of December 15, 2017.