After Disney bought Lucasfilm, Star Wars has come back full force (excuse the pun, it was unintentional). There’s been a plethora of comic books, video games, merchandise, theme park additions, novels, a new tv show, and most importantly, movies. Last year we got The Force Awakens—the movie we had been arguably waiting for since Return of the Jedi in 1983. This year we’re getting Rogue One, which we’ve more or less been waiting for since A New Hope in 1977. Now, the follow-up to Force Awakens (which is currently untitled) has wrapped up on production.
On Facebook today, the official page for Star Wars movies posted a video of the clapboard and slate for the final shot of the production, indicating they had completely finished filming shortly afterward. Now, the movie will enter post-production, where all the editing, sound, and digital effects will be worked together to give us a final product before the end of next calendar year. Speaking about this moment, director Rian Johnson had this to say:
“Final slate of the final shot. VIII is officially wrapped. Thanks to the best cast and crew in the galaxy, and thanks to the fans for all the love and support through the whole process. Cannot wait to put it together and share it with you all!”
Rian Johnson is best known for his work on 2012’s suprise hit film, Looper. Johnson is taking over directorial duties from J.J. Abrams, who is still serving as executive producer. Due to the overwhelming success of The Force Awakens, many had wondered why Abrams wasn’t returning to the director’s chair. In an interview with Fortune earlier this year, Abrams revealed his reason.
“It was a wonderful way to visit a place that meant so much to me and obviously so many. I knew that if it worked, it was the perfect time to step down — and if it didn’t, no one would want me to do it anyway.”
While fans may have wished for Abrams to pick up and continue directing, he (and Lucasfilm) have the upmost faith in Johnson. It’s worth noting, however, that Johnson will not be directing “Episode IX“; that honor is going to Jurassic World‘s director, Colin Trevorrow. Abrams and Johnson will also be attached to this effort as well, however, likely as executive producer and producer, respectively.
Star Wars Episode VIII is currently scheduled for release on December 15th, 2017. You can see Rogue One, directed by Gareth Edwards, on December 16th this year.