Sure. Star Wars: The Force Awakens just arrived in theaters this weekend. But everything in our current digital age moves faster than the speed of light. So it's onto the next one. And some of the stars of Star Wars: Episode VIII are just now beginning to tease it's awesomeness. Will it be better than Star Wars 7? Will it answer all the questions the sequel sets up? We have no idea. But we do know one returning Star Wars: The Force Awakens cast member that praises the work done by writer/director Rian Johnson. Speaking with Variety, Daisy Ridley, who plays Rey, reveals she has read the completed script.
It's very good; very good. Let's see "VII" first and then we'll talk about "VIII." [Laughs.]"
While original trilogy fans had to wait three years in-between each installment, Star Wars: Episode VIII will be in theaters in just a year and a half. And in the interim, we're getting the spinoff Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which is a prequel to A New Hope. While principle photography doesn't start until this spring, Rian Johnson has shot some scenes featuring the return of Mark Hamill as Master Jedi Luke Skywalker on Skellig Michael in Ireland. While we have no idea about the plot of the next one, it sounds like the new trio will return, with John Boyega reprising his role as Finn and Oscar Isaac once again playing Poe Dameron.
While it's unclear what happened to Gwendoline Christie's Captain Phasma in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, she has also been confirmed to return, and will likely get a more substantial role this time around. Benicio Del Toro also confirmed that he has joined the cast, and is presumed to be playing the villain. But no concrete information has been revealed about his character.
While there are plenty of big reveals, shocks and twists in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it actually has us asking more questions than we got answers too. We still have no idea who Rey really is, or if her last name is Skywalker or Solo. And we haven't ruled out the possibility that she is part of the Kenobi blood line. And we still don't know what her relationship to Kylo Ren is. We do know that she is strong with the force. And it does appear that she has had some training at some point in her life.
Another question that needs to be answered by Star Wars: Episode VIII is who exactly abandoned Rey on Jakku? Was it her family, whom she says she is waiting for. Was it the Sith, you wanted to separate her from Luke Skywalker? Was she with Luke Skywalker as a child? If so, why doesn't she remember any of it. And how much time will pass between Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars: Episode VIII? Will we get to see the moments immediately following Rey's landing? Hopefully we'll know the answers when the summer of 2017 roles around. Until then, we'll just have to watch TFA a few more times.