Star Wars Episode VIII Will Focus On Rey And Luke Skywalker's Relationship

It'll pick off directly where Force Awakens left off

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Rather excitingly, Star Wars Episode VIII is going to pick up right where Star Wars: The Force Awakens left off, when Rey and Luke Skywalker bumped into each other on the hidden planet of Ahch-To.

Skywalker (Mark Hamill) had been exiled on the planet for some time, and the end of the movie sees Rey (Daisy Ridley) bringing him his old lightsaber.

Writer and director Rian Johnson told USA Today in a new interview: "I don't want to skip ahead two years. I want to see the very next moment of what happens.

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"Part of what [Rey's] dealing with is the realisation that she has this power and this gift. She's taking her first step to coming to terms with this thing inside her that she never knew was there and is just starting to reveal its potential."

Johnson also confirmed that "a large part" of Episode VIII's story will delve into Luke's time on Ahch-To.

Sadly, Carrie Fisher, who played Luke's on-screen twin sister Princess Leia, passed away after suffering a heart attack on 27 December at the age of 60.

Shortly after news of Fisher's passing broke, a spokesperson for Lucasfilm confirmed that she had "absolutely wrapped" filming on Episode VIII along with the rest of the cast last summer.

Star Wars: Episode VIII will be released on 15 December.

From: Digital Spy