Tuesday, 26 January 2016

John Boyega says Star Wars: Episode VIII will be much darker The Force Awakens

Star Wars: The Force Awakens continues to shatter box office records since its release on 18 December, with its global haul currently standing at $1.73 billion. But as impressive as these box office numbers are, it can only signal the beginning of this franchise's box office dominance, with five more movies slated to open over the next five years, starting with the first standalone outing Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, hitting our screens this December, followed by Star Wars: Episode VIII, arriving the following year. With production scheduled to begin later this month on Star Wars: Episode VIII, star John Boyega recently teased new details about the sequel in an interview with Vogue, revealing that next saga instalment will be much darker. We should caution, however, there are spoilers ahead for those of you who have yet to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

"But now, we just starting work on Star Wars VIII, the next film, so I'm back to keeping secrets again. It's great. Much darker, but we're very excited. My part in the next film will be much more physical so I might be in the gym a bit more."

Unfortunately, he wouldn't reveal any specific details about why the script for Star Wars: Episode VIII is so great, or why his role is so much more physical this time around. In Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we did get to see his character Finn use a lightsaber a few times, once while battling the now infamous Stormtrooper TR-8R, and again while squaring off against Adam Driver's Kylo Ren. It isn't known if he will be wielding a lightsaber once again in Star Wars: Episode VIII. Rian Johnson (Looper) is directing Star Wars: Episode VIII from his own script, and while no specific plot details have surfaced, there are a few rumours about who will be returning. A rumour surfaced over the weekend that Harrison Ford's iconic character Han Solo may actually return in some capacity, even though he was killed by his nefarious son, Kylo Ren in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. That hasn't been confirmed yet at this time, but as we get closer to production starting, hopefully we will learn more about who is coming back, and who isn't.

Benicio Del Toro (Savages) has also been rumoured to star, possibly as the villain in Star Wars: Episode VIII, but no specific details have been released regarding his character. Johnson has already shot some scenes for this sequel at Skellig Michael Island, the location where Luke Skywalker's scene at the end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens was shot.

Star Wars: Episode VIII is set arrive 15 December 2017.

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