As anticipation grows for the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer, arriving in theaters this weekend, Star Wars: Episode VIII is firming up its behind-the-scenes team. Rick Heinrichs has officially come aboard the project to serve as production designer. His previous movies include Captain America: The First Avenger and the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.
Aside from the June announcement that Rian Johnson will write and direct both Star Wars: Episode VIII and Star Wars: Episode IX, Rick Heinrichs is the only other confirmed crew member announced regarding these follow-ups to Star Wars: The Force Awakens. We reported in August that Star Wars: The Force Awakens star Daisy Ridley will be back for the sequels. That has never been confirmed by Disney or LucasFilm.
Star Wars: Episode VIII is slated to hit theaters sometime in 2017, following Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the Untitled Gareth Edwards Directed Star Wars Spin-Off, arriving on December 16, 2016. It remains to be seen when production will begin on the next Star Wars adventure. A new Star Wars movie is already scheduled to begin shooting at Pinewood studios in England, but the title of that movie has not been confirmed.
Rick Heinrichs is best known for collaborating with director Tim Burton, winning an Oscar for his work on Sleepy Hollow. He served as a production designer on Tim Burton's last three films, Dark Shadows, Frankenweenie and next month's Big Eyes. He was also nominated for Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. Other notable credits include Fargo, The Big Lebowski, and Planet of the Apes.