STAR WATCH

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Red alert -

Star Wars: Episode VIII has a name, and it’s… Space Bear. Okay, it’s just a work­ing ti­tle, a 21st cen­tury Blue Har­vest ( re­vealed by Car­rie Fisher’s dog, Gary, on Twit­ter), but it’s a start – fin­gers crossed it doesn’t mean an in­va­sion of E woks.

One thing we do know is that Luke Sky­walker and the still- sur­name­less Rey will pick up where they left off on that re­mote is­land. How? We’ve seen new writer/ di­rec­tor Rian John­son at work on the Ir­ish is­land of Skel­lig Michael in Lu­cas­film’s of­fi­cial start-of­pro­duc­tion teaser, while star Daisy Ri­d­ley told MTV, “When we went back to Skel­lig to do the open­ing of Episode VIII, it was so crazy do­ing the same scene with a dif­fer­ent crew of peo­ple. Me and Mark [ Hamill] have been re­hears­ing a lot. He’s amaz­ing to re­hearse with, and I’m very ex­cited to be do­ing the rest of the stuff. It’s such a good story. Se­ri­ously. Luke is so cool in this one.” So we may ac­tu­ally get to see some proper Sky­walker ac­tion this time. Who knows, he may even get a trip to the beau­ti­ful Croa­t­ian city of Dubrovnik out of it – the reg­u­lar Game Of Thrones lo­ca­tion is strongly ru­moured to fea­ture in Episode VIII.

It also looks like the force­field of se­crecy on the John­son’s movie may be a lit­tle lighter than it was un­der JJ Abrams. In an­other in­ter­view, this time with En­ter­tain­ment Tonight, Ri­d­ley hinted her new boss will be more of a tease: “I think Rian ac­tu­ally wants to be a bit cheekier with the lit­tle tid­bits of in­for­ma­tion that are go­ing out, which is fun.”

Else­where, / Film re­ported that footage from the non- saga Rogue One was re­vealed at a re­cent Dis­ney pre­sen­ta­tion. Their source ap­peared to con­firm ru­mours that it’s set di­rectly be­fore A New Hope, fea­tures black­suited Stormtroop­ers, and has a real A New Hope vibe. With a De­cem­ber re­lease date locked in, it can’t be long be­fore we see a trailer – those Death Star plans won’t steal them­selves…

Gary ex­plains the think­ing be­hind Ep VIII ’ s work­ing ti­tle.

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