Does ‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’ Have a Title?

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With Rogue One: A Star Wars Story set to premiere tonight in Los Angeles, the hype for the next chapter of the Skywalker saga Star Wars: Episode VIII is going to start to heat up. The film written and directed by Rian Johnson has yet to receive an official title but a trademark filing picked up by AVS forum suggests the film could be titled Star Wars Episode VIII: Forces of Destiny.

The amount of good and services the title is being trademarked for definitely suggests this could be the film’s title but we’ll have to wait and see. There have been rumors of an Episode VIII trailer being attached to Rogue One but I think it’s highly unlikely. The marketing machine at Lucasfilm is a masterful one. There wasn’t a Rogue One trailer until a day after The Force Awakens was released on Blu-ray and chances are Lucasfilm will wait to do the same for Episode VIII. But it’s also possible Lucasfilm could stretch it for another week and wait until Star Wars Celebration in Orlando to give fans in attendance the first look at Episode VIII.

Star Wars: Episode VIII hits theaters December 15, 2017.

The film stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar IsaacDomhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie, Benicio del Toro, Laura Dern, Kelly Marie Tran, and Andy Serkis. Written and directed by Rian Johnson.

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Daisy Ridley Says The Answer To Reys Parents is in ‘The Force Awakens’

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“Whomever you’re waiting for on Jakku, they’re never coming back.” – Maz Kanata

When The Force Awakens cut to the end credits, the parentage of the franchise’s new lead heroine, Rey (Daisy Ridley), remained a mystery. The film was littered with clues that suggested Rey could either be the daughter or Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) or that her parents are characters we have yet to be introduced to.

While promoting the new documentary The Eagle Huntress, for which she serves as Executive producer, Ridley told Time Out London that she was caught by surprise at audiences reactions and their lack of understanding of her character’s origin:

“I thought a lot was answered in ‘The Force Awakens’. Then after the screening I went for a drink with my agent and everyone, and we were chatting away and I realized that oh, in their minds it’s not answered at all!”

Luke Skywalker has always been my favorite Star Wars character. Sure Han Solo is great but I never wanted to be Han. I wanted to be Luke. It wasn’t until Rey came along did the franchise have another character that came close to being as incredible as Luke for me. That being said, I will be pretty disappointed if she turns out not to be his daughter because I think if there has ever been a character worthy of the Skywalker name, it’s Rey.

Unfortunately, based on the clues in The Force Awakens and what we already know about the force, I don’t think Rey is Lukes daughter. Like Anakin, I think Rey is a vergence in the force. A vergence or nexus point was a phenomenon of the force that was centered on a place or around an object, and in some rare cases a person.

I have encountered a vergence in the Force.”
“Located around a person?”

―Qui-Gon Jinn and Mace Windu on the discovery of Anakin Skywalker.

When the force is out of balance, the force itself will create a vergence to restore the balance between the light and the dark. With the dark side rising in Snoke and Kylo Ren — and Luke in exile on Ahch-To, it’s possible that Rey was created with the purpose of finding Luke and restoring balance to the force in the galaxy with him.

We’ll find out next Christmas when Star Wars Episode VIII hits theaters on December 15, 2017.

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SOURCE: TIME OUT

John Williams to Begin Recording ‘Episode VIII’ Score This Month

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Last Christmas, legendary composer John Williams took us back to a galaxy far, far away with his score to Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, which is one of his greatest, densest compositions yet. Reports emerged as far back as August that Williams had already begun writing the score for the sequel, Episode VIII, just as it was being piped into the editing bay for Rian Johnson to begin assembling the film.

Fans were relieved when Williams confirmed he would indeed be returning to score the sequel after he told President of Lucasfilm Kathleen Kennedy that he didn’t want anyone but him scoring Daisy Ridley as she continued down the path towards becoming a Jedi.

Variety reports Williams will head back into the recording studio this month and continue to work on the score for Episode VIII up until March or April, giving him plenty of time to craft another masterpiece. At this point, it seems like Episode VIII will complete production eight months ahead of its theatrical debut.

Star Wars: Episode VIII hits theaters December 15, 2017.

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SOURCE: VARIETY

Why Obi-Wan Kenobi Can’t Be Rey’s Father

Continuing on her press tour promoting the new documentary ‘The Eagle Huntress’ for which she serves as executive producer, actress Daisy Ridley offered a clue as to when we might get to learn the parentage of her character Rey, who was introduced to audiences last Christmas in Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.

Continuing on her press tour promoting the new documentary The Eagle Huntress for which she serves as executive producer, actress Daisy Ridley offered a clue as to when we might get to learn the parentage of her character Rey, who was introduced to audiences last Christmas in Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.

When asked by Vulture about the fan-theory that Obi-Wan Kenobi is Rey’s father, Ridley had this to say:

We will see in a year. Just sit tight on that question.

Sounds like we will definitely be getting the answer in a year when Episode VIII hits theaters. But there is one thing I can tell you for sure, Rey’s father is most certainly not Obi-Wan Kenobi.

What we know:

The Force Awakens is set 32 years after Return of the Jedi, the end of the classic trilogy which spanned 6 years in the timeline — making it a total of 38 years since the death of Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi. At the time of The Force Awakens, Rey is 19 years old, which means she would not be conceived for another 19 years after Obi-Wan’s death so it would be impossible for the Jedi Master to be her father unless he donated to a galactic sperm bank before his demise.

What makes sense:

While some signs point to Luke Skywalker being the father of Rey, there is a bigger chance that Rey is actually a vergence in the force. A vergence or nexus point was a phenomenon of the force that was centered on a place or around an object, and in some rare cases a person.

I have encountered a vergence in the Force.”
“Located around a person?”

―Qui-Gon Jinn and Mace Windu on the discovery of Anakin Skywalker.

When the force is out of balance, the force itself will create a vergence to restore balance between the light and the dark. With the dark side rising with Snoke and Kylo Ren — and Luke in exile on Ahch-To, it’s possible that Rey was created with the purpose of finding Luke and restoring balance to the force in the galaxy together.

SOURCE: VULTURE