‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’ Announces New Cast, Teases Long-Lost Luke Skywalker In New Video

Know how big Star Wars is right now? It’s so outrageously big that the next movie, Star Wars: Episode VIII, has a goddamn trailer announcing that they are starting production on the upcoming sci-fi flick.

Maybe you’ll say, “Who the frig cares about a stupid production announcement video?”


The production trailer announcement has over 5 million views in less than 24 hours on YouTube. We’re not talking about the trailer. We’re not even talking about the teaser trailer. We’re talking about a video that tells everyone that they’ve just begun production for a movie that won’t be out for another 667 days!

That’s how big Star Wars is.

Some of the cast was announced, including some returning actors such as Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Adam Driver, and new faces like Benicio Del Toro (Traffic, Guardians of the Galaxy, Usual Suspects) and Laura Dern (Jurassic Park, The Fault in Our Stars, Wild).

Star Wars: Episode VIII, which is written and directed by Rian Johnson and continues the storylines introduced in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, welcomes back cast members Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, and Andy Serkis. New cast members will include Academy Award winner Benicio Del Toro, Academy Award nominee Laura Dern, and talented newcomer Kelly Marie Tran.

Replacing J.J. Abrams as the director is Rian Johnson, best known for the time-travel thriller Looper.

Mark Hamill is upset that Luke Skywalker still doesn’t have any lines.

John Boyega is excited about the new movie.

The Star Wars spinoff film Rogue One opens this year on December 16, but you will have to wait until December 15, 2017 for Star Wars: Episode VIII.