Benicio del Toro and Laura Dern join the cast as Star Wars: Episode VIII begins filming

Benicio del Toro’s involvement in Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: Episode VIII has been rumored for months now, and it looks like the Guardians of the Galaxy actor has officially joined the cast in a villainous role. Back in August, del Toro said about possibly being in the movie: “I can’t tell you much about it, but I think that it might happen.”

And happen, it looks like it did!

Not only that, but Laura Dern (Jurassic Park, the upcoming Twin Peaks revival series) and relative newcomer Kelly Marie Tran (she’s got a couple of small TV credits, but it looks like this will be her big-screen debut) have also come aboard the movie set a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away.

Also, a new video released earlier today revealed that the movie had begun filming in Pinewood Studios in London this morning.


The next chapter in the Star Wars saga, written and directed by Rian Johnson, is said to boast such a good script that J.J. Abrams is regretting his decision not to helm Episode VIII. Recent rumors also claim the movie may have undergone a couple of last-minute rewrites in the wake of Rey, Finn and Poe's popularity in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Starring Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie and Andy Serkis, Star Wars: Episode VIII will arrive in movie theaters on Dec. 15, 2017.


(via Spinoff Online)

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