We reported last week that Disney's Star Wars: Episode VIII will start production sometime this week, on Skellig Michael Island off the coast of Ireland. This is the same location that certain scenes for Star Wars: The Force Awakens was filmed, sparking rumors of how Star Wars: Episode VIII will be connected to the highly-anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens. While we still don't have any confirmed story details for either of these films yet, Star Wars 7 News has discovered the first photos from the Star Wars: Episode VIII set, featuring writer-director Rian Johnson. Here's Star Wars 7 News' source "Ronan," had to say about the production, but be warned, there will be some potential SPOILERS below, so read on at your own risk.
"Tents and tarps full of equipment were all over the island completely unguarded apart from one tent which lay on top of a fake sandy coloured rock built for the filming... My guess is Luke will be standing on that tomorrow. Talking to people who I can't name as they were afraid of getting in trouble, we discovered that there were definitely droids already locked away on the island (presumably /star-wars-force-awakens-bb-8-toy-video/BB-8 or R2-D2 or both, but couldn't confirm because they hadn't seen any of the movies). Along with the droids were weapons, presumably a lightsaber or two. We also discovered that the set had been described as a "Jedi Monastery", (although I don't know the validity of that) and scenes were to have wind and rain machines, which we later discovered and took photos that you can see here."
It is believed that Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) and Daisy Ridley (Rey) will both be present for this Star Wars 8 shoot, since they were both present when scenes were shot on this location last year for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Thanks to a few Instagram photos, Mark Hamill's family is currently in the U.K., where they were based when the actor was shooting Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Filming was supposed to begin today at Skellig Michael Island, but, according to the Irish Times, the shoot has been postponed to tomorrow, when the weather is supposed to improve. Here's what the site had to say about today's cancellation.
"High winds around Portmagee and Ballinskelligs saw filming of Star Wars: Episode VIII on the Unesco World heritage site of Skelllig Michael cancelled on Monday morning, with the small boats which service the site refusing to go to sea."
It isn't known what other cast members will be present for tomorrow's shoot. Benicio Del Toro is in talks to play the main villain, but his casting hasn't been confirmed, and no other actors hae been confirmed yet either. Hopefully we'll find out more details about the production as filming begins in Ireland, but while we wait, check out the first photos below.