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Eleanor Tremeer

The production of [Star Wars: Episode VIII](tag:711868) has been distinctly less secretive than that of The Force Awakens, with director Rian Johnson documenting the proceedings on his Twitter and "lousy stinkin' Tumblr." Members of the cast have also posted humorous pictures on Instagram and the official Facebook page has done the same.

All in all, it's a fun way to involve fans in the production of one of the most eagerly anticipated films of the decade. A film that, by the way, is now half completed.

Johnson announced Star Wars 8's halfway point in a recent Tumblr post, while also sharing some behind the scenes pictures.

I can’t believe we’re halfway through the shoot. (We’re halfway through the shoot!)

Of course, there's still a lot of work left to be done once filming has ended. There's editing, reshoots and post-production. But this is a huge milestone for Episode 8 and it's nice for fans to be updated about the film's progress. And of course, there's that sneak peek behind the scenes:

Hard at work on the set of "Star Wars 8."
Hard at work on the set of "Star Wars 8."

Johnson jokes in his post that he's "the guy with the microfibre sham." Gotta keep those X-wing windows clean, or they'll never see the TIE fighters coming!

The other image Johnson posted gave us a glimpse at a First Order base or vessel, and the officer in the scene is sporting a familiar-looking uniform.

Production photo from "Star Wars 8."
Production photo from "Star Wars 8."

This helmet is reminiscent of the headgear from Imperial personnel in the original trilogy — the wok-like hats soon became legendary, inspiring many spoofs (including, but not limited to, the infamous Spaceballs). Preferring a more serious, reserved aesthetic, the First Order uniforms in The Force Awakens didn't include the traditional Imperial helmet designs. But now it looks like Johnson is bringing back this style in full force for Star Wars 8.

With anticipation for Rogue One heating up, it's easy to forget that we've got a year and two-thirds to go until Episode 8 storms into cinemas. But thanks to Johnson, we'll have plenty of hints and reminders to whet our appetites before December 2017!

What original trilogy designs would you like to see incorporated into Star Wars: Episode VIII?


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