As Star Wars: Episode VIII reaches the mid-point of production, quite a few plot rumors have been supposedly leaked. And they of course hint that Master Jedi Luke Skywalker will be training Rey in the ways of the force. What these unconfirmed story details fail to mention is how Chewbacca and R2-D2 factor into this. When Luke trained with Yoda on Dagobah, he didn't have the added bonus of a Wookie audience. Only R2-D2, who powered down during those more intense moments of study. As we can see in a series of new set photos, Chewbacca and R2 aren't going anywhere anytime soon. As they sit in the Millennium Falcon parked at the bottom of the now-iconic Jedi steps on the well-hidden planet of Ahch-To.
Thanks to The Daily Mail, we have our first look at the Millennium Falcon parked on a portion of Ahch-To. It is rumored that Luke has been searching for the first Jedi Temple, which he's found. There will also be a big creepy tree in Star Wars: Episode VIII that is reminiscent of the Dagobah atmosphere. But we're not sure if it at all factors into Rey's training.
Some are speculating that this tree will be used in a training sequence similar to the one in Empire Strikes Back. In that sequel to Star Wars, Luke entered a trance-like state where he discovered Darth Vader hiding in a cave. He split Darth's mask open with his lightsaber to find his own face hiding underneath. The question is, who will Rey find hiding under Kylo Ren's mask, if that's even who she faces off against at all?
The Ahch-To Set is a recreation of the famed Skellig Michael Island in Ireland, where the final moments of The Force Awakens and the opening act of Star Wars 8 were filmed on location. As you can see, the Millennium Falcon is exactly as we last left it. And it appears that whatever is being filmed here is a direct continuation of what we saw happen at the end of Episode 7. As we explained earlier, a number of plot points have been leaked. But oddly, none of those details mention Chewbacca and R2-D2 at all.
They do, however, contain one massive spoiler that is on par with Darth Vader's revelation that he is Luke's father. We dare not spoil it here, but the twist has been called ridiculous. And it's probably not true. You can find this insane backstory spoiler elsewhere on this site, or on the Internet if you are so inclined to look for it. But be warned, this is a shock best reserved for a first viewing if it's at all true. Which it probably isn't.
Director Rian Johnson recently showed off two black and white photos from the set, heralding the man with the microfiber sham, a crew member who's duty it is to wipe off X-Wing and A-Wing windshields. It was at this time that the filmmaker declared shooting was halfway done. That puts the sequel on track to be wrapped by July. It's speculated that we'll see the first trailer this Thanksgiving. But others believe they might hold back until March 2017 to unveil the first footage, a pattern they used for the first spinoff Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Though, the director has said he'll be less frugal with spoilers and footage, so we may even see something as soon as Star Wars Day, May 4th. Take a look at the latest images from set.
The Millennium Falcon on set for Star Wars: Episode VIII pic.twitter.com/UlZRjd3rVL— Star Wars Direct (@StarWarsDirect) April 30, 2016
NEW STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII SET PHOTOS pic.twitter.com/CT6stGi3Gj— PerksOfBeingAFanboy. (@LiamKelsall) April 30, 2016
"Good. Bad. I'm the guy with the microfiber sham." https://t.co/gN1yoWw1SU— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) April 28, 2016