X-Wing pilot Nein Nunb has not run his last mission yet. The popular side character is expected to return in Star Wars: Episode VIII after having helped blow up the Starkiller Base in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The actor behind Nein Nunb, Mike Quinn, has had to cancel a con appearance so he can be on set this February.

We announced earlier this week that both Tim Rose, who plays Admiral Ackbar, and Peter Mayhew, who plays the legendary wookie Chewbacca, had to pull out of PensaCon to shoot a secret project, which is undoubtably Star Wars: Episode VIII. Now comes word that Mike Quinn is also needed back on set. This is the official statement from PensaCon.

"So, more bad news this morning. Mike Quinn has to cancel his appearance as well. A certain movie is calling..."

As one of the Resistance pilots who didn't die during the raid on the Starkiller Base, Mike Quinn had previously stated that he would most likely be back in some capacity for Star Wars: Episode VIII. And now that seems to be confirmed. Jessica Henwick, who plays Jessika Pava, is still expected to appear at PensaCon, but it sounds likely that she will also be called into the line of duty as Star Wars: Episode VIII begins production.

We've heard that Star Wars: Episode VIII will start shooting this month, and it sounds like things will be up and running by February 19, which is the first day of this convention. It sounds like scenes featuring Admiral Ackbar, Nein Nunb and Chewbacca are being shot first. But it isn't known how important they are to the overall story. Last september, director Rian Johnson shot scenes for Star Wars: Episode VIII on Skellig Michael Island in Ireland featuring Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker.

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It has been speculated that Joonas Suotamo will completely take over for Peter Mayhew at some point, but for now it looks like the original Chewbacca will be appearing in all three new trilogy movies. Joonas Suotamo may go it alone when it comes to the Star Wars Anthology: Han Solo movie, but that hasn't ever been confirmed or denied. What do you think? Are you happy to see Admiral Ackbar and Nein Nunb back for their third live-action movie?

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