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Benicio Del Toro, Laura Dern join Star Wars: Episode VIII

Newcomer Kelly Marie Tran is also announced for the next instalment.

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Benicio Del Toro and Laura Dern have been announced as new cast members for Star Wars: Episode VIII.

They will be joined by newcomer Kelly Marie Tan it has been announced. At this time no details have been given about the roles they will play.

Principal photography on Episode VIII started today in London at Pinewood Studios. The film has been written by Rian Johnson, who is also directing it. Returning cast members include Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, and Andy Serkis.

The storyline for Episode VIII is being kept tightly under wraps but Disney said today in a press release that ‘Rey took her first steps into a larger world in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and will continue her epic journey with Finn, Poe and Luke Skywalker in the next chapter of the continuing Star Wars saga’

Star Wars: Episode VIII is produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman and executive produced by J.J. Abrams, Jason McGatlin and Tom Karnowski. Joining the production crew will be some of the industry’s top talent, including Steve Yedlin (Director of Photography), Bob Ducsay (Editor), Rick Heinrichs (Production Designer), Peter Swords King (Hair and Make-Up Designer), and Mary Vernieu (US Casting Director). They will be joining returning crew members Pippa Anderson (Co-Producer, VP Post Production), Neal Scanlan (Creature & Droid FX Creative Supervisor), Michael Kaplan (Costume Designer), Jamie Wilkinson (Prop Master), Chris Corbould (SFX Supervisor), Rob Inch (Stunt Coordinator), Ben Morris (VFX Supervisor), and Nina Gold (UK Casting Director).

Star Wars: Episode VIII is scheduled for release on 15th December 2017.

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