‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’: Daisy Ridley on Director Rian Johnson and the Film’s Secrecy

     March 3, 2016


A little more than two weeks ago, we were able to confirm the start of production on Star Wars: Episode VIII, which is operating under the delightful working title “Space Bear.” Rian Johnson is now occupying the director’s chair and much of his core cast will be continuing on from J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens, including Daisy Ridley. A new interview with Ridley gives us some insight into how Johnson’s operation compares to Abrams’, as well as just how much secrecy we can expect from the new installment.

Star Wars: Episode VIII opens December 15, 2017 and also stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Andy Serkis, Benicio Del Toro, Laura Dern, and Kelly Marie Tran.

Watch Ridley talking about her experience on Star Wars: Episode VIII in a new video (via ET):

As she said, when asked to compare the atmosphere on set of Star Wars: Episode VIII to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Ridley said the following:

“It’s still very lovely and warm and friendly. Just like VII was.”

She elaborated a bit on the film’s level of secrecy, saying that things are “a little bit freer” and that Johnson plans to be “a bit cheekier” with the teases he’ll share with the public.

“Obviously it went really well with VII, but it’s wonderful to give people a little bit. I think we did do that for VII, just a little bit to keep the interest peaked [sic].”

Ridley herself got in on the social media sharing action when she released the announcement of the film’s shooting start on her Instagram page a couple of weeks back:

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