I think most Star Wars fans are focused on [Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens](tag:711158) right now, as its on the horizon to be released in December. However, there's even more news about [Star Wars: Episode VIII](tag:711868) in the form of set photos that don't reveal much - other than the fact that there is a little bit we can deduce from them.
First of all, the last time they shot on Skellig Michael Island, Daisy Ridley was involved. We also know Mark Hamill nearly died on the island recently while shooting, which is unfortunate... but it also proves he's in the film which is awesome.
No cast members have arrived yet, but this photo was taken of director Rian Johnson, producer Ram Bergman, and head of photography Steve Yedlin.
Check out this admittedly speculative account given by a behind the scenes visitor to the island:
"Tents and tarps full of equipment were all over the island completely unguarded apart from one tent which lay on top of a fake sandy coloured rock built for the filming… My guess is Luke will be standing on that tomorrow. Talking to people who I can’t name as they were afraid of getting in trouble, we discovered that there were definitely droids already locked away on the island (presumably BB-8 or R2-D2 or both, but couldn’t confirm because they hadn’t seen any of the movies). Along with the droids were weapons, presumably a lightsaber or two. We also discovered that the set had been described as a “Jedi Monastery”, (although I don’t know the validity of that) and scenes were to have wind and rain machines, which we later discovered and took photos that you can see here."
And here are some more pictures of the island and some tarps that could be covering... robots or ships? Other props?
Keep an eye out for even more news from the island.
The Force Awakens is coming, though... December 18, 2015. And we can all agree that it's going to be legit.