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The mystery surrounding [Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens](tag:711158) was infamous, as director J.J. Abrams desperately tried to prevent spoilers from leaking. This meant that the plot was a closely guarded secret and fans had to wait until the official trailers to see anything of the film.

But it already looks like the filming of [Star Wars: Episode VIII](tag:711868) is a different story, if new director Rian Johnson's tongue-in-cheek production announcement is anything to go by.

And Daisy Ridley says that we should expect plenty of teasers as filming continues.

Building The Hype

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Ridley discussed the differences between Abrams and Johnson's methods of direction:

"It's still very lovely and warm and friendly, just like '7' was.
"I think Rian actually wants to be a bit cheekier with the little tidbits of information that are going out. Which is fun! ... Even obviously Carrie [Fisher] and Mark [Hamill] putting out the pictures with their chairs. It's a little bit freer, than it was [before]."

The pictures in question did cause a bit of a stir, especially Fisher's tweet, which featured the film's working title, Space Bear. Then Hamill posted this morsel, teasing new aliens:

With Star Wars 8 still so far away, it's good to know we can look forward to plenty more set pictures and maybe even some teaser videos to give us a glimpse at the production.

The Dubrovnik location has already had fans speculating about the plot of Episode 8, thanks to the combination of Renaissance architecture with a neon, futuristic aesthetic.

The "Star Wars 8" Dubrovnik set.
The "Star Wars 8" Dubrovnik set.

Teasing us with tidbits seems like a good method to keep fans interested, after the strict secrecy of The Force Awakens.

Surrounded By Secrecy

Now that Star Wars Episode 7 has been released, the cast and crew have revealed just how furtive they had to be about the production of The Force Awakens. The actors weren't even allowed to tell their families they were appearing in Star Wars 7 for three months after they were cast!

The Force Awakens set was locked down and the script was written with white ink on red paper to prevent it from being scanned. Abrams even hung posters around the Pinewood Studios set to warn the crew not to leak any spoilers:

Abrams warns the cast and crew...
Abrams warns the cast and crew...

Abrams is known for protecting his "Mystery Boxes," but in the case of The Force Awakens the secrecy really did pay off and the film was all the more satisfying because very few spoilers were leaked beforehand.

With Star Wars 8, it's going to be nice to see the film develop through "cheeky" teasers from Johnson and the cast. And until the next installment of the saga is released, at least we've got Rogue One to look forward to!


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