(Warning! Spoilers ahead!) Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been shattering box office records left and right since its release on December 18, with its global haul currently standing at $1.73 billion. As impressive as these box office numbers are, it could only signal the beginning of this franchise's box office dominance, with five more movies slated to open over the next five years, starting with the first spinoff Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, hitting theaters this December, followed by Star Wars: Episode VIII, arriving in May 2017. With production scheduled to begin later this month on Star Wars: Episode VIII, star John Boyega recently teased new details about the sequel in an interview with Vogue, revealing it will be much darker than Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
"But now, we just starting work on Star Wars VIII, the next film, so I'm back to keeping secrets again. It's great. Much darker, but we're very excited. My part in the next film will be much more physical so I might be in the gym a bit more."
Unfortunately, he wouldn't reveal any specific details about why the script for Star Wars: Episode VIII is so great, or why his role is so much more physical this time around. In Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we did get to see his character Finn use a lightsaber a few times, once while battling the now-infamous Stormtrooper TR-8R, and again while squaring off against Adam Driver's Kylo Ren. It isn't known if he will be wielding a lightsaber once again in Star Wars: Episode VIII.
Rian Johnson is directing Star Wars: Episode VIII from his own script, and while no specific plot details have surface, there are a few rumors about who will be returning. A rumor surfaced over the weekend that Harrison Ford's iconic character Han Solo may actually return in some capacity, even though he was killed by his nefarious son, Kylo Ren in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. That hasn't been confirmed yet at this time, but as we get closer to production starting, hopefully we'll learn more about who's coming back, and who isn't.
Benicio Del Toro has also been rumored to star, possibly as the villain in Star Wars: Episode VIII, but no specific details have been released regarding his character. Director Rian Johnson has already shot some scenes for this sequel at Skellig Michael Island, the location where Luke Skywalker's scene at the end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens was shot. What do you think about Star Wars: Episode VIII being "darker" than Star Wars: The Force Awakens?