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John Boyega begins work on Episode VIII, calls it a "much darker" film

01.11.2016

After being forced to keep so many secrets to themselves for over a year, the cast and crew of STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS must be relieved that they can finally talk freely about the film; unfortunately for them, there's still a pair of sequels to come. More sequels, more secrets. During a recent interview with Vogue, John Boyega mentioned that while it felt good to be able to talk about everything openly, he's back to keeping his lips zipped as work has begun on the next installment of the Star Wars sequel trilogy, STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII.

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.

Coming on the heels of J.J. Abrams' explanation for why STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS felt more than a little like A NEW HOPE, Boyega's labeling of the next film as "darker" will surely get fans wondering whether STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII will be borrowing elements from THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK in a similiar fashion. Nods to the original trilogy were flying left and right throughout THE FORCE AWAKENS, but I wasn't one of those who felt bothered by them; I feel like enough was put into place to enable STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII to take this new trilogy in a fresh direction, at least, that's my hope. John Boyega obviously wouldn't offer up many hints on what we can expect from the next episode, other than we'll get to see more action from Finn this time around.

My part in the next film will be much more physical so I might be in the gym a bit more.

STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII is set for a May 26, 2017 release.

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Source: Vogue

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10:27AM on 01/12/2016
Glad to see they're not wasting any time for getting behind the camera for Ep. VIII. I'm not too bothered by the description of the movie being "darker". I mean, those descriptors are all relative to the property you're talking about. I'd imagine the story itself will be much in line with a Star Wars film. But if you watch ESB in comparison to ANH, it's definitely "darker" in the sense the characters go up against some pretty tough odds, and everything ends on a bad note for the heroes.
Glad to see they're not wasting any time for getting behind the camera for Ep. VIII. I'm not too bothered by the description of the movie being "darker". I mean, those descriptors are all relative to the property you're talking about. I'd imagine the story itself will be much in line with a Star Wars film. But if you watch ESB in comparison to ANH, it's definitely "darker" in the sense the characters go up against some pretty tough odds, and everything ends on a bad note for the heroes. I'm guessing they might repeat this for the new trilogy as a lead in to Ep. IX.

I doubt Ep. VIII will be a re-hash of ESB. While TFA had a lot of similarities and nods to ANH, they did enough different things and set in motion a different enough story that the sequel will most likely need to follow a different trajectory. I have no idea what the plot of the movie will be, but here are few things I'm anticipating (or not anticipating):
1) No romance between Finn and Rey. I just don't think it will happen. TFA already broke the mold by putting a female front and centre as the new hero of the story. Only to follow that up with a black man as our main action guy (i.e. new Han Solo?). I think the producers are going to shy away from a romance story in these movies. Or perhaps introduce a new character in Ep. VIII for Rey to fall in love with.

2) I am anticipating a huge bromance between Poe Dameron and Finn in Ep. VIII. Those two were pretty buddy-buddy in the scenes they shared. Poe seems to think think there is inherent good in Finn and he's capable of great things. I think Finn will be a reluctant soldier and Poe will be there to encourage him along as a member of the resistance.

3) I think we'll find out the family history/connections of Rey early on in the film. TFA ended before we had a chance to get that answer. I think she's either a Solo or a Skywalker, in any case she's just meeting Luke, so I'd assume he would tell her the truth from the start of their meeting. She's come along enough in TFA to have it explained to her. People are anticipating a big reveal akin to the "No, I am your father" moment in ESB. But keep in mind that Luke's parentage was never a mystery in Star Wars, we were told up front that he was the son of Anakin Skywalker. Vader turning out to be Anakin was a plot twist.

4) Which leads to my final prediction, I think the big reveal/plot twist from this movie will be learning who Snoke is and what his plan is. I think this movie will be all about peeling back the layers of the few mysteries posed in TFA. All of that will be leading to Ep. IX where we see the two sides clash in a final show down to stop Snoke.
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7:08AM on 01/12/2016
"Much darker? Oh no no no no, what we actually meant was 'more chocolate'. They're like, kind of bitter sweet, but everyone loves it." ~Disney rep.
"Much darker? Oh no no no no, what we actually meant was 'more chocolate'. They're like, kind of bitter sweet, but everyone loves it." ~Disney rep.
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5:55AM on 01/12/2016

when he says much more physical...

... I hope he means Finn getting down and dirty with Rey! the chemistry between those two was adorable!
... I hope he means Finn getting down and dirty with Rey! the chemistry between those two was adorable!
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12:01AM on 01/12/2016

"Oh no!" whined all the idiots,

"It's a remake of 'Empire Strikes Back!'"
"It's a remake of 'Empire Strikes Back!'"
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11:55PM on 01/11/2016

I really liked THE FORCE AWAKENS

so I'm excited to see where this next movie takes us. TFA was a great way to re-establish the series - yes, it did reference the original trilogy a bit too much for my liking but I felt they were trying to wash the taste of the prequels out of fans' mouths. Hopefully, the next film breaks new ground story-wise.

And I want a scene where Finn and Rey kiss ... just to get the racists' panties in a knot! >:D
so I'm excited to see where this next movie takes us. TFA was a great way to re-establish the series - yes, it did reference the original trilogy a bit too much for my liking but I felt they were trying to wash the taste of the prequels out of fans' mouths. Hopefully, the next film breaks new ground story-wise.

And I want a scene where Finn and Rey kiss ... just to get the racists' panties in a knot! >:D
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10:13PM on 01/11/2016
TFA had some really grim moments so if were going off what he's saying here then....hmm alright then, lots of darkness ahead.
TFA had some really grim moments so if were going off what he's saying here then....hmm alright then, lots of darkness ahead.
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8:54PM on 01/11/2016
What are the chances that his character gets killed in Ep. VIII? That would be like some Game of Thrones type sh*t.
What are the chances that his character gets killed in Ep. VIII? That would be like some Game of Thrones type sh*t.
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8:20PM on 01/11/2016
Can't wait to see what Rian Johnson has up his sleeve for this one. I was actually more excited for this film then Episode 7 based off Johnson's past incredible films.
Can't wait to see what Rian Johnson has up his sleeve for this one. I was actually more excited for this film then Episode 7 based off Johnson's past incredible films.
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8:12PM on 01/11/2016
Darker than destroying an entire star system AND Han Solo?? What's this trying to be -- Saw in Space?
Darker than destroying an entire star system AND Han Solo?? What's this trying to be -- Saw in Space?
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7:48PM on 01/11/2016
Darker? What could this mean? Lando!
Darker? What could this mean? Lando!
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7:34PM on 01/11/2016
Yeah, he gets force raped in this one.
Yeah, he gets force raped in this one.
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