STar Wars Episode VIIILights, camera, action — "Star Wars: Episode VIII" is underway!

Disney confirmed that the sequel to "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" has started filming. It released this very-brief teaser showing director Rian Johnson on set. The crew appears to be shooting on Skellig Michael, the remote island off the coast of Ireland that doubles as Luke Skywalker's hiding place in the movie.

Star Wars: Episode VIII (2017) - Official Announcement Trailer
Disney's accompanying press release also surprisingly confirmed the addition of several cast members: Benicio Del Toro, Laura Dern, and newcomer Kelly Marie Tran.

There are no details about the characters they play, and very little is known about "Episode VIII." Disney statement simply reads: "Rey took her first steps into a larger world in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and will continue her epic journey with Finn, Poe, and Luke Skywalker in the next chapter of the continuing Star Wars saga, Star Wars: Episode VIII, which began principal photography at Pinewood Studios in London on February 15, 2016."

"Star Wars: Episode VIII" opens in theaters December 15, 2017.

Want more stuff like this? Like us on Facebook.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Movie Poster
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Based on 56 critics

Luke Skywalker's peaceful and solitary existence gets upended when he encounters Rey, a young woman who... Read More