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With Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens racking in over $2 billion at the box office, you can rest assured the sequel — the currently untitled Episode VIII — is in a very safe place.

However, if you were getting restless at the lack of information about the next outing, you can now relax as Disney has released a Production Announcement video and casting information for the Rian Johnson directed sequel. Check out the video, which once again sees Mark Hamill on the Irish island of Skellig Michael, below:

One of 'The Force Awakens's' most impressive locales makes a return...

As well as a certain Jedi master in what could be our first look at 'Episode VIII' footage...

But there are new faces too, namely director Rian Johnson

Speaking of new faces, Disney has also announced some casting information for Episode VIII. Most of the big names are returning — bar one noticeable exception (I think you know who) — while Academy nominee Laura Dern and newcomer Kelly Marie Tran have also been added to the family. Benicio del Toro has also had his much rumored Star Wars casting confirmed.

Benicio del Toro

Laura Dern

Kelly Marie Tran

Star Wars: Episode VIII enters theaters on December 15, 2017.

What do you hope to see in 'Episode VIII'?

Source: ComingSoon


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