With the daunting task of emulating the iconic success of the original Star Wars trilogy, and recovering from the critical failure of the prequels, the bar was set incredibly high for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens — and yet, this movie exceeded our wildest expectations.
Now, with two years to wait for the continuation, we have plenty of time to speculate about what surprises Star Wars Episode VIII may bring. New Star Wars 8 rumors are coming to light all the time, and we've compiled them all so that you don't have to hunt for them!
Star Wars Episode 8: The Last Jedi News, Rumors & Spoilers
After the first banner for The Last Jedi revealed that Rey will have a new hairstyle, we've all been eager to see what else has changed. It certainly seemed like she'd be getting a new Jedi outfit, and now that's been confirmed by a new image from the video game Battlefront II — which also seems to reveal that Kylo Ren is rocking Darth Vader's cloak.
Kylo Ren's outfit has also changed, abandoning his tattered cape for a full length cape that is strikingly similar to Darth Vader's. Some fans are already speculating that this is Vader's actual cloak, which somehow survived Vader's cremation on Endor. (Ok, it's possible that Vader had more than one cloak. Which just makes me picture Vader examining a wardrobe filled with identical black outfits and pondering "hmmm, what should I wear today?" But I digress.) Kylo Ren's helmet has also disappeared, as was teased in the trailer.
Rey's outfit has a distinct Jedi look, which is intriguing considering Luke's ominous assertions that "it's time for the Jedi to end". Her color scheme is also very similar to Obi Wan Kenobi's, which should delight all those Rey Kenobi theorists. Here's a closer, very pixelated look at the new costume, compared with the one on the new Star Wars 8 T-shirts.
Speaking to MovieWeb, Oscar Isaac teased Poe Dameron's bigger role in The Last Jedi — and the Resistance flyboy's not gonna have an easy time of it.
"Well, you know I can't say anything about the thing itself. But...He will be challenged, in a very intense way that will reveal a lot more about his character."
So far, Poe's plot in The Last Jedi has been shrouded in mystery, but from what little we know it sounds like he's going to take up a bigger role in the Resistance, and face a bitter rival in the form of Laura Dern's character.
Rian Johnson has confirmed that The Last Jedi is indeed singular — and in his mind, the title refers to Luke Skywalker.
Although she didn't appear in the trailer, Kelly Marie Tran's character in Star Wars 8 was revealed at Star Wars Celebration. Her name is Rose and she's a low-level Resistance tech, who will join Finn on a grand adventure in The Last Jedi!
An important new planet will debut in Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, according to a new leak from MakingStarWars. This planet is completely flat with a white powdery surface, and is supposedly called Crait. The scenes for Crait were filmed on location at Bolivia's salt flats, so it's possible that the surface of the planet is covered with salt. After MakingStarWars' report, we caught a glimpse of Crait in the new trailer.
The significance of this planet seems to be because of an old Imperial mining operation that both the Resistance and the First Order want to get their hands on.
During the Resistance era the mine is still producing some type of gem that is used to fund the Resistance. It sounds like it doubles as a way to fund the Resistance and act as a new hidden base for the Resistance after the events of 'The Force Awakens'.
MakingStarWars' report was later confirmed by Rian Johnson, who mentioned the mining operations on Crait while interviewed at Star Wars Celebration. And if you look closely at this shot in the trailer you can just see the new AT-ATs on Crait!
Leaks from The Last Jedi suggest that Supreme Leader Snoke is a totally new character — which lines up with hints from the canon books that he actually originated in the mysterious Unknown Regions beyond the galaxy.
A new moment from the Star Wars 8 footage has been revealed, featuring Rey — looking tense — surrounded by glowing golden orbs.
These floating lights are actually a crucial part of Force lore, and could mean that Rey is communing with a dead Jedi knight.
The first official banner for Star Wars 8 has been released, showing Rey's new haircut and a slight costume change for the main trio.
And if you look closely, there are some intriguing clues hidden in the image...
When speaking to USA Today, Rian Johnson revealed that Rey's relationship with Luke Skywalker would "form a large part" of Star Wars Episode 8. He also shed some light on Rey's journey.
At the behest of General Leia, it seems Finn will journey to the planet that was filmed in Dubrovnik, Croatia, seeking out a traitor within the Resistance.
Adam Driver was spotted filming scenes with Daisy Ridley and Mark Hamill, coinciding with a set leak that described a fight scene between Kylo Ren, Rey, and Luke Skywalker.
Star Wars Episode 8: The Last Jedi Trailer
The trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi debuted at Star Wars Celebration.
Although at first glance not much seems to be revealed in the teaser, when you look closer there are plenty of clues about the plot of The Last Jedi.
Star Wars Episode 8 Release Date
The Star Wars 8 release date is sometime around the 18th of December, 2017. This is a tradition set by The Force Awakens and continued by Rogue One. Presumably, all new Star Wars films — the untitled Han Solo film, Star Wars Episode 9, and more — will release around this time for many years to come.
Star Wars Episode 8 Plot Synopsis
The official plot synopsis for Star Wars 8 was released in February, revealing that the focus of the film would be Rey's journey.
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.
This synopsis is likely to change later on, as Lucasfilm reveal the story being explored by Star Wars 8. Everything else we know about Star Wars 8 plot is largely gathered from the rumors you can read in the section above.
Star Wars Episode 8 Cast & Characters
— Daisy Ridley / Rey: Newcomer Daisy Ridley will reprise the role of Rey as part of the Star Wars 8 cast. Just as Rey faces her own journey to become a Jedi, Ridley has been embarking on many new projects since The Force Awakens.
— John Boyega / Finn: Still one of the most important of the Star Wars 8 characters, Finn will co-lead the story in the sequel. Before then, John Boyega will appear in the new Pacific Rim 2, as Stacker Pentecost's son.
— Oscar Isaac / Poe Dameron: The Resistance's hotshot pilot will return in Star Wars 8, but details on his journey are scarce. In the meantime, Oscar Isaac appeared in X-Men: Apocalypse, and has a new movie coming out with Christian Bale called The Promise.
— Adam Driver / Kylo Ren: He may not be Darth Vader, but Kylo Ren will continue to emulate his hero by plaguing our heroes in Star Wars 8. Before that, Adam Driver will appear in several independent films, as well as reprising his role in the TV show Girls.
— Mark Hamill / Luke Skywalker: After appearing in a grand total of 20 seconds in Star Wars 8, Luke will return in full force in Star Wars 8. Hamill has also recently starred in a feature length adaptation of Batman: The Killing Joke, to mixed reviews.
— Carrie Fisher / General Leia Organa: Although mourning the death of Han Solo, Leia returns in Star Wars 8 to lead the Resistance against the First Order.
— Andy Serkis / Supreme Leader Snoke: Although unconfirmed, we're all assuming the legendary motion-capture king Serkis will return as Snoke in Star Wars 8, dropping more hints about his true identity.
— Kelly Marie Tran / Aya: The name of Tran's new character has not been confirmed, although several rumors specify it as Aya. Tran previously appeared in several College Humor skits and other comedy shows, including Jimmy Kimmel Live. According to hints from Rian Johnson, Tran's role in Star Wars 8 is crucial.
— Laura Dern: The Jurassic Park star will appear in Star Wars 8, possibly as the Resistance general who replaces Leia after the attempted assassination. According to other rumors, Dern's character may have a shared history with Leia.
— Benicio Del Toro: The Sicario actor has been cast as the main villain for Star Wars 8, although we still don't know who he is or what role he plays in the story.
Star Wars Episode 8 Theories
Oh, nutty fan theories, you help us while away the years in between Star Wars installments. The theories for The Force Awakens became infamous before the movie was even released, and the Star Wars Episode 8 theories are no different.
From Rey's true parents to the identity of Supreme Leader Snoke, these theories could hold the secrets of Star Wars 8... or they could be totally crazy. It's up to you to decide.
Star Wars Costumes
The Star Wars costumes have long been known for their weird and wonderful designs. While we don't yet know what the costumes for Star Wars 8 will be, we can still look back on some of the best of the best...
Star Wars Easter Eggs
Any geeky franchise worth its salt is stuffed full of Easter Eggs, and the Star Wars Easter Eggs are something else. While we still don't know what Easter Eggs Star Wars 8 will offer us, The Force Awakens set the bar pretty gosh darn high...
Star Wars Timeline
With the franchise jumping back and forth through the in-universe chronology, it can be hard to keep track of the Star Wars timeline. Check out this video for a full breakdown:
Where To Watch Star Wars Episode 8 Online
What are you doing trying to watch Star Wars 8 online? It's not been released yet! And when it is released, Lucasfilm and Disney are very hesitant to allow websites to stream their movies. You can pay to download The Force Awakens from Amazon and iTunes now, but don't hold your breath for the Star Wars movies to be added to streaming services like Netflix.
Star Wars Merchandise
The Star Wars merchandise has always been a huge part of Lucasfilm's success. George Lucas even sold Star Wars toys before A New Hope was even released, like an action figure for the original, female version of Luke Skywalker.
Nowadays the best place to buy Star Wars merch is the Disney Store, but thanks to Lucasfilm's many, many marketing arrangements, you can get Star Wars toys pretty much anywhere.
Star Wars Episode 8 Comic Book
Lucasfilm have teamed up with Marvel to release several comic books in the gap between movies, but there is no solo Star Wars 8 comic book yet. However, in the meantime you can check out everything from Han Solo's adventures to Poe Dameron's, with the latter filling in some backstory for The Force Awakens.