"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.