From what we’ve heard already, Star Wars: Episode VIII will be an entirely different beast to The Force Awakens. Last year, legendary Star Wars screenwriter said that the sequel’s director/writer Rian Johnson was going to make ‘some weird thing,’ which certainly caused a bit of a stir among the fanbase.
“Rian Johnson is a friend of mine — he’s going to make some weird thing,” Kasdan said at the time. “If you’ve seen Rian’s work, you know it’s not going be like anything that’s ever been in ‘Star Wars.’”
One of the series’ returning cast members, Oscar Isaac – who plays X-Wing pilot Poe Dameron – has reinforced the idea that we’re in for something starkly contrasting to J.J. Abrams’ homage to A New Hope in saying that the movie will do things and go places never before seen in the Star Wars Universe.
“For me, it’s so fun getting to explore different things that I wouldn’t have expected in this universe.”
He continued: “In some ways it feels like we’re making an independent film. Certain things we get to play with – this kind of intimacy that we get to find – it’s special.”
It was recently revealed that Isaac convinced Abrams to re-write The Force Awakens script so that Dameron wasn’t killed off early in the movie.
The as-of-yet untitled Episode VIII will be released December 2017, with the first of the anthology standalone films coming this year. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will be released in December.