The Force Awakens grabbed the attention of the world in December, making fans eager to see what happens next.
And on Monday, a taste of what is to come in 2017 was shared.
StarWars.com posted a short clip to announce production has begun on the hotly anticipated Star Wars Episode VIII, showing both Mark Hamill and Daisy Ridley as they come face-to-face on an island – a scene that was seen at the end of Episode VII.
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On track: Filming for Star Wars Episode VIII begun on Monday in London, it was announced with a short clip posted to StarWars.com; here Mark Hamill is seen playing Luke Skywalker
She was there too: Daisy Ridley as Rey looks apprehensive as she hands Luke his lightsaber this scene was shown at the end of Episode VII
Luke’s hideaway: The clip begins with a camera panning over the ocean as it comes close to a lonely island that looks situated in a remote, tropical location
The film will not be released until December 15, 2017.
The clip begins with a camera panning over the ocean as it comes close to a lonely island that looks situated in a remote, tropical location.
It looks close to sunset and clouds loom in the sky.
The Star Wars theme music sounds moody and foreboding.
He’s in charge now: The quiet scene is interrupted by a man in sun glasses sitting behind a camera who says, ‘Cut!’ The man is Rian Johnson, who is the director of the next Star Wars film
He sure seems thrilled: The director announced: ‘Ladies and gentleman welcome to Epsode VIII.’ The crowd roars
High up: The crew is seen in casual clothes as they hover around their cameras
Next a close-up of a very scraggly looking Luke Skywalker – played by Hamill – is shown.
His beard has grey speckles and is thick but groomed enough. His locks are shoulder-length. And he has on the beige woven clothing similar to what his old mentor Obi Wan Kenobi used to wear.
Luke is seen in profile and looks pensive as the lush foliage of the island is shown off behind him.
Then the camera turns on Rey, played by British star Ridley.
The last one: In Force Awakens, Harrison Ford plays Han Solo and he is joined by Chewbacca
The newbies: Ridley as Rey bonds with John Boyega as Finn, and they also get help from new droid BB-8 while on Jakku
The warrior looks apprehensive as she stares down Luke. She has a gun on her shoulder and a pack slung across her chest. She is wearing a beige woven vest over a cream colored top.
Gloves and bandages cover her arms.
The rebel slowly hands him his light saber, the one she discovered in Episode VII and used to save her life.
The new look has an old feel: The poster for Force Awakens had a 70s vibe, showing off all of the main cast members
Then the quiet scene is interrupted by a man in sun glasses sitting behind a camera who says, ‘Cut!’ The man is Rian Johnson, who is the director of the next Star Wars film.
He seems to be in a jolly mood and is surrounded by a film crew. He then says, ‘Beautiful’ and then an image of the number VIII is seen in bright yellow type over a starry scape.
Then again the crew is shown, there are over a dozen.
The director announced: ‘Ladies and gentleman welcome to Episode VIII.’ The crowd roars.
Yellow letters pop up again that read, ‘In production.’
Filming for Episode VIII started on Monday at Pinewood Studios in London, according to StarWars.com .
Luke as a young man: Hamill with Carrie Fisher, Ford, Chewie and C-3PO in Return Of The Jedi in 1983
Star Wars: Episode VIII ‘continues the story lines introduced in Star Wars: The Force Awakens,’ according to a Monday announcement from StarWars.com.
The site added that the film ‘welcomes back cast members Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, and Andy Serkis.’
And it also added that there are new ones, played by Benicio Del Toro, Laura Dern, and ‘talented newcomer’ Kelly Marie Tran.
Star Wars: Episode VIII is scheduled for release December 15, 2017.