In a galaxy far, far away the quest for intergalactic cinematic supremacy is incubating… oh, wait, never mind. That is actually happening on this planet in real-time. That’s right, principle photography has already commenced on Star Wars: Episode VIII in London, lightsaber-hot off the heels of J.J. Abrams’ axis-tilting seventh installment, The Force Awakens.
Where The Force Awakens served to precipitate the chain of events for a new trilogy to continue the Star Wars saga, completing the exposition timeline since the Battle of Endor and introducing us to some fresh-faced characters, Episode VIII aims to dive deeper into character motivations while unpacking the mythos. What relationship will Luke Skywalker and Rey foster? Is she Jedi-ready? What’s next for Poe? Will Finn be undone by an obsession for revenge against Kylo Ren? How far will Kylo extend The First Order’s empire of evil under Snoke’s seductive command? Will BB-8 manage to be even more adorable? So many questions, so precious few details to even attempt constructing connective tissue to predict what’s coming down the pike.
That’s where we come in. Below are the few plot/character developments to which we are privy. Beware the spoilers ahead.