Star Wars Episode VIII has been shooting since February, but the end is finally in sight. Star Mark Hamill has revealed that production on the film will wrap in just over two weeks.
The actor, who plays Luke Skywalker, tweeted that the film will complete principal photography on July 22, 2016. This follows his earlier comments that he would soon be finished on the movie and would then be “out of work.” Hamill had to subsequently clarify that he meant that the production was about to wrap, not that Skywalker was being killed off.
Fans will be able to get their first taste of what to expect from Episode VIII at the Star Wars Celebration for Europe, which takes place in London this month. Director Rian Johnson will be attending, alongside Chris Miller and Phil Lord, who are making the Han Solo movie, and Rogue One’s Gareth Edwards.
Unsurprisingly, very few details about the movie’s plot are known at this stage. However several of the cast have suggested that fans should expect something different from previous films in the franchise.
In April, Oscar Isaac, who plays Poe Dameron, likened it to working on an independent film. “Rian is definitely going to places and investigating things that haven’t really been done in the Star Wars universe,” he told the LA Times. “For me, it’s so fun getting to explore different things that I wouldn’t have expected in this universe.”
Co-stars Daisy Ridley and John Boyega have also spoken about the film’s darker tone. “It’s a different take–darker, bigger,” Boyega told Variety. “Someone will say: ‘How do you get bigger than Force Awakens?’ But it’s crazy.”
Star Wars Episode VIII arrives in theaters on December 15, 2017. It also stars Adam Driver, Laura Dern, Domhnall Gleeson, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, and Andy Serkis.