Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - by Jack Abell jack.abell@trin­i­tymir­ Twit­ter: @Jack­_84_A­bell

FILM­ING on the next Star Wars block­buster has started at Pinewood Stu­dios.

Star Wars Ep­siode VIII, which does not yet have a sub­ti­tle, will fol­low on from The Force Awak­ens, which smashed box of­fice records around the world since it was re­leased to crit­i­cal ac­claim in De­cem­ber.

Pinewood is play­ing host to all the new Star Wars films, with the Force Awak­ens also hav­ing made use of the fa­mous site in Iver Heath.

For Episode VIII, JJ Abrams is mak­ing way in the di­rec­tor’s chair for Rian John­son, with prin­ci­pal pho­tog­ra­phy hav­ing be­gun on Mon­day, Fe­bru­ary 15.

Re­turn­ing cast mem­bers will in­clude Mark Hamill as Luke Sky­walker, Car­rie Fisher as Princess Leia, Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, John Boyega as Finn and Daisy Ri­d­ley as Rey.

Other stars re­turn­ing for the film will be Os­car Isaac, Lupita Ny­ong’o, Domh­nall Glee­son, An­thony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie and Andy Serkis.

Fans have been ex­cited to note that the cast list for the new film in­cludes Os­car win­ner Beni­cio Del Toro and Juras­sic Park star Laura Dern, as well as new­comer Kelly Marie Tran.

The roles played by the new stars have not yet been an­nounced.

A short clip posted on the of­fi­cial Star Wars web­site im­plies that the film will fol­low on im­me­di­ately from the end of The Force Awak­ens, in which Rey found Luke Sky­walker liv­ing the life of a recluse on a se­cluded is­land.

JJ Abrams will take on the role of pro­ducer for the new film. No other de­tails have yet been re­leased as to the film’s plot, and it is un­known when the first trailer for it will be re­leased.

The block­buster is set for a world­wide re­lease on De­cem­ber 15, 2017. In the mean­time, fans will be able to get their Star Wars fix, when Rogue One, a sep­a­rate Star Wars story which was also filmed at Pinewood, is re­leased in De­cem­ber this year.

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