After Entertainment Weekly posted an article about Star Wars heading to Ireland most people thought nothing much of it. The way it was presented to us was just reshoots and pickups. All films do these reshoots in post production to enable them to get new shots or tweak old shots which the editors and directors need to make the film work.
Soon after the article was posted, Lucasfilm gave a statement, explaining that the article in question was factually incorrect and filming was in fact for Star Wars: Episode VIII.
It seems like Ireland and the UK are getting all the big budget productions now.
The interesting thing is that we know very little of who is actually in the film and what it’s going to be about. All we know for sure is that Benicio Del Toro is believed to be the villain (this all ties into what DelToro said here).
We don’t know if the original cast of IV, V and VI are back, neither do we know what it’s going to be about or when it’s set. These are things we have at least some notion of when filming begins.
Benicio Del Toro recently said that filming would start in march next year so it yet again seems very early and strange to start next month.
The next Star Wars, Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens recently got pulled forward (yes that’s right forwards) to the 17th December 2015.
Star Wars: Episode VIII has a release date of 26th May 2017 it is unknown if this date will move or not.