Recently Revealed ‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’ Spoilers
It’s been a tough wait for Star Wars fans as we’ve slowly trudged toward the 2017 release of Star Wars: Episode VIII. Ever since Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we’ve been plagued with unanswered questions, many of which we won’t have a concrete conclusion to for at least another year. And while Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will at least sate our need for more Star Wars, it won’t provide us with some much-needed answers in the meantime.
That said, we’re not short on information in the slightest. The modern generation of movie coverage affords us a fair share of rumors, reports straight from the set, and everything in between. So what are the biggest bits of information we’ve gotten so far? Here’s everything we’ve heard in recent months.
- We’ll be seeing far more of Leia
While Han Solo stood centerstage as a primary character in The Force Awakens, we saw tragic little of Leia, who was relegated mainly to a couple choice appearances at the Resistance base. Episode VIII will allegedly seek to expand her role, teased at by a series of Leia-centric additions to filming that forced Carrie Fisher to cut her New York Comic Con appearance short. In their own report, StarWarsNewsNet.com makes mention that these are not strictly speaking reshoots.
For those not in-the-know about the film-making process: additional photography and pick-ups are not quite the same thing as reshoots. What we think of as reshoots are what happen after an assembly cut of a movie is made in order to completely overhaul. Additional photography is what happens when there are sequences that need to be filmed outside of principal photography due to conflicts in scheduling.
The assumption here is that the upcoming “additional photography” will largely focus on Leia (and to an extent Maz Kanata, more on that soon). There’s certainly been a concerted effort to increase Leia’s role in the new Star Wars canon, giving her both a standalone series of Marvel comics, and a novel that tells her post-Return of the Jedi story in detail.
- Contrary to recent reports, Maz Kanata will be returning
After rumors surfaced that Lupita Nyong’o hadn’t shot her Maz Kanata scenes for Episode VIII, people began to question whether the diminutive pirate was going to be in the movie at all. Nyong’o came forward herself to refute that assumption, claiming that “as far as I know, I’m in it.” It’s a good example of how the rumor mill can spiral out of control sometimes, barreling straight toward a conclusion that’s far from true. Regardless, it’s exciting to know for sure that we’ll be getting more Maz once Episode VIII hits theaters, especially given the importance of her role as the keeper of Luke’s old lightsaber in The Force Awakens.
- There are rumors surrounding Yoda’s return in Episode VIII
When last we checked in on Yoda, he was a Force ghost hanging out with Obi-Wan and Anakin in the afterlife. He returned briefly as a disembodied voice in Rey’s vision in The Force Awakens, but as far as we know, he hasn’t been heard from in the Star Wars universe in decades. One Reddit user who attended the London Celebration made an interesting claim concerning the return of the deceased Jedi master.
One of the many stalls featured at the convention was Saving Yoda, ran by one of the original team operating Yoda in ESP. While waiting to have my photo taken with the Yoda puppet, the dude running it was talking to another guy. The random guy asked which Yoda puppet was currently on display. In response, we were all told that the one on display was puppet two (I think, I can’t quite remember exactly). He looked at both of us, and said that members of the original Yoda team have been called in to work on Episode 8, using the Yoda 8 puppet, as they’d all recently been talking about it. He’d have no reason to lie.
It’s all technically hearsay from a random person on the internet, but it also gives us cause to at least get tentatively excited for the time being.
- Han Solo’s funeral
It can often be difficult for actors in a franchise like Star Wars to keep all the various secrets of the films under wraps. We saw that firsthand at a London Celebration panel hosted by Warwick Davis, where he asked Carrie Fisher a question that she accidentally interpreted as an inquiry into what Leia was up to post-The Force Awakens. She quickly responded with “Han’s funeral,” leading us to wonder if we might get some official closure for the beloved smuggler after his tragic death at the hands of his son in The Force Awakens.
- Similarities to The Empire Strikes Back
As the second film in the new trilogy, comparisons to fellow second chapter, The Empire Strikes Back are inevitable, especially given Empire‘s status as the consensus best Star Wars movie of all time. Adam Driver confirmed as much in recent comments in describing Episode VIII as “similar to how The Empire Strikes Back has a different tone,” going on to add that “it’s just different in tone in a way that I think is great and necessary but also very clear.” If Episode VIII can even begin to approach its original trilogy predecessor, we could be in for one hell of a movie come 2017.