Star Wars: The Last Jedi Synopsis
On June 20, 2014, Rian Johnson was announced to write and direct Episode VIII and write Episode IX. Kathleen Kennedy, Ram Bergman, Lawrence Kasdan, Simon Kinberg will serve as producers and JJ Abrams as executive producer. Steve Yedlin will serve as cinematographer. Johnson confirmed in August 2014 that he would direct Episode VIII. It is scheduled for release on May 26, 2017.
In March 2015, Oscar Isaac confirmed he would reprise his Force Awakens role of Poe Dameron in Episode VIII. In July 2015, it was reported that Benicio del Toro was being considered for a villain for Episode VIII, and del Toro later confirmed that he was cast. In September 2015, it was reported that Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tatiana Maslany, Gina Rodriguez and Olivia Cooke are on the shortlist for two separate parts. In November 2015, Jimmy Vee was cast as R2-D2, replacing Kenny Baker.
Like The Force Awakens, filming for Episode VIII will take place at Pinewood Studios near London. Principal filming is scheduled to begin in January 2016. In September 2015, some pre-production filming took place on the island of Skellig Michael, Ireland to take advantage of better weather conditions. In an interview with Wired, Abrams has stated that the film's script is complete. In December 2015, Hamill, Isaac, Christie, and Boyega were confirmed to reprise their roles as Luke Skywalker, Poe Dameron, Captain Phasma and Finn, respectively. Kennedy announced on December 17, 2015 at the London premiere for The Force Awakens that the entire cast would return for Episode VIII: "There will be a handful of new cast members in Episode VIII but also all the cast members you see here tonight will be in it as well", therefore also confirming Adam Driver, Lupita Nyong'o, Domhnall Gleeson, Carrie Fisher and Daisy Ridley reprising as well.