Earlier this week, Disney and LucasFilm officially started production on Star Wars: Episode VIII, with the studios releasing a brief video from the set showcasing Luke Skywalker. When Star Wars: The Force Awakens was in production back in 2014, many fans used drones to fly over the sets and take numerous spy photos, but the studio has already found a solution to that problem, hiring their own team of drone pilots to neutralize these machines. This strategy has paid off, since we haven't seen any aerial photos so far. But earlier today, actress Carrie Fisher did share a new photo, which reveals what the sequel's secret title really is.
The actress' set photo features her beloved dog, Gary Fisher, but the most intriguing part of the image is the back of the chair this pooch is sitting in. The chair reveals that the secret working title for Star Wars 8 is actually Space Bear. This working title was mentioned in an unconfirmed rumor that originated at MovieCastingCall.org, but we're not sure if there's any special meaning behind the fake title. The Star Wars franchise does have a long history of working titles, though.
When Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi was in production, George Lucas gave it the secret working title of Blue Harvest. The title was later used as the title of Family Guy Presents: Blue Harvest in 2008, the first in the show's trilogy of animated Star Wars parodies. More recently, Star Wars: The Force Awakens was rumored to shoot under the fake title AVCO, while the upcoming spinoff Rogue One: A Star Wars Story reportedly shot under the code name Lunak Heavy.
Star Wars: Episode VIII is written and directed by Rian Johnson. This highly anticipated sequel continues the storylines introduced in Star Wars: The Force Awakens Coming back are cast members Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong'o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, and Andy Serkis. New cast members will include Academy Award winner Benicio Del Toro, Academy Award nominee Laura Dern, and talented newcomer Kelly Marie Tran.
With the new security measures in place on Star Wars: Episode VIII, it's quite possible that the only set photos and videos we'll get will come from the cast members themselves. Disney and LucasFilm have already set a December 15, 2017 release date, but it isn't known how long production is supposed to last in the U.K. While we wait for more details, take a look at Carrie Fisher's set photo below.
Y🅾⛎🖐🏽🔔🇬🇧®🅰♑️🌀❔❕🤐 pic.twitter.com/Y3eyMSb48z— Carrie Fisher (@carrieffisher) February 19, 2016