Last month, we reported that production had wrapped on Star Wars: Episode VIII, and just yesterday, a new report revealed that the first cut would be completed soon. Legendary composer John Williams confirmed that he begins work on the score very shortly, and now we have word that the editing process has officially begun on the rough cut. Director Rian Johnson shared a photo from the editing bay, hopefully the first of many to come.
Yesterday, Rian Johnson sent out a new image on Instagram, which shows the director sitting in front of a monitor with the Picture Start title card on display. All the director would say about this image is that yesterday marked "Day One" of the editing process. Since the movie doesn't hit theaters until December 15, 2017, it isn't clear when we may get to see the first footage.
However, keep in mind that Star Wars: The Force Awakens hit theaters last December, and the first footage was released in November 2014, roughly 13 months before the movie debuted. Of course, we don't know for sure if Rian Johnson and Disney will follow the exact same promotional playbook for this movie as they did with The Force Awakens, but we'll just have to wait and see. As of now, Star Wars 8 doesn't have any direct competition in its December 15, 2017 release date.
There is still very little we know about the story, but we do know that this sci-fi sequel will begin directly where Star Wars: The Force Awakens left off, with Rey (Daisy Ridley) meeting Luke Skywalker on the remote planet of Ahch-To, where he has been hiding in exile at an ancient Jedi temple. There have been rumors that Rey begins her Jedi training under Luke Skywalker's tutelage in Star Wars 8, with other reports claiming that Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) has captured both Finn (John Boyega) and Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), in an effort to lure Rey out of hiding for another lightsaber duel.
All we know for sure is that Rian Johnson is directing from his own script, with Domhnall Gleeson (General Hux), Gwendoline Christie (Captain Phasma), Carrie Fisher (Leia Organa) and Lupita Nyong'o (Maz Kanata) also reprising their roles from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. We know even less about Star Wars: Episode IX, except that Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World) is set to direct. Take a look at Rian Johnson's Instagram photo below, and stay tuned for more on Star Wars: Episode VIII.