Star Wars: Episode VIII Wraps on July 22!

Mark Hamill

Mark Hamill made an unexpected revelation today on Twitter. After being asked by a fan to say something about Episode VIII, the actor surprisingly revealed the date when filming is expected to wrap.



That’s exactly 5 days after Star Wars Celebration Europe (July 15-17) and during San Diego Comic Con (July 21-24).

Many fans were hoping that Disney and Lucasfilm will save some Episode VIII news for their fans during SDCC, but seeing the wrap date, it seems highly unlikely. And remember, this year belongs to Rogue One. Episode VIII will have its con next year.





We might not get much Episode VIII coverage during SDCC, but after the announcement of the Future Filmmaker & Closing Ceremony panel at Celebration Europe, that’s the event that you should focus on for your Episode VIII and Han Solo update.


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42 thoughts on “Star Wars: Episode VIII Wraps on July 22!

  • July 2, 2016 at 7:29 pm

    I’m going to SDCC! Gonna get some cool rogue one stuff

    • July 2, 2016 at 7:43 pm

      HAve fun!

    • July 2, 2016 at 9:20 pm

      Me too!

      Still can’t believe that the Mrs suggested I got the VIP pass, while her and the kids had the normal weekend passes!!! :p

  • July 2, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    This is all still sort of surreal. It seems like I just heard about the Disney acquisition of Lucasfilm and the sequel trilogy announcement. Now E8 is almost done filming…

    • July 2, 2016 at 7:57 pm

      I’m sure there are reshoots scheduled sometime
      next year. As with all the films.

      • July 2, 2016 at 8:48 pm

        “Wraps” means Principal Photography is over.

        • July 2, 2016 at 11:05 pm


    • July 3, 2016 at 3:57 pm

      C’mon man, enough with this emotional reminiscing stuff :-/

      • July 3, 2016 at 5:21 pm

        Nothing about what I said was emotional.

        • July 6, 2016 at 7:44 pm

          And nothing would be wrong were it emotional. This is a site where you have passionate fants discussing something that we enjoy, for many of them their whole lives. Don’t sweat it. Talk about you enjoy!

  • July 2, 2016 at 7:48 pm

    Whats the chance that some of the EpIsode VIII actors will be attending celebration?

    • July 2, 2016 at 8:05 pm

      I would say pretty good since they are filming fairly close by and at least some of the actors are from the area anyway. Looks good!

      • July 2, 2016 at 8:15 pm

        I’d think they’d want them at next years because that is the direct lead up to EP8

  • July 2, 2016 at 8:03 pm

    Do you think we will get an appearance by Ewan McGregor with an announcement that they are working on an Obi-Wan Kenobi movie(s)?

    • July 2, 2016 at 8:47 pm


      • July 3, 2016 at 12:33 am

        I sincerely hope so.

        • July 3, 2016 at 1:02 am

          I hope we do, too, but I wouldn’t bet on it right now.

  • July 2, 2016 at 8:08 pm

    This should look good enough, can’t wait how it will do for the 40th anniversary.
    And on an unrelated note, Mark is now trying to become the next Phoenix Wright!

  • July 2, 2016 at 10:01 pm

    what will they be doing for more than a year?!?

    • July 2, 2016 at 11:35 pm

      Editing, scoring, putting the effects, those kinds of things.

      • July 3, 2016 at 9:56 pm

        I don’t think they needed that much time for TFA

        • July 4, 2016 at 12:15 am

          They need. Snoke’s final look was decided two months before the release.

        • July 4, 2016 at 1:27 am

          If they release memorial day 2017 the compete with the summer movies..
          If they release on Christmas.. they compete with NO ONE.
          The secret to James Cameron’s success..

          • July 4, 2016 at 4:24 pm

            Star Wars doesn’t really need to compete with other movies… at least not a star wars saga episode

  • July 2, 2016 at 10:04 pm

    If it follows the same standard as Ep. 7, we could get a title with the wrap.

  • July 2, 2016 at 10:26 pm

    And yet the movie is still a year and a half away?

    • July 2, 2016 at 11:03 pm

      More time to polish CGI.

    • July 2, 2016 at 11:12 pm

      Let me introduce you to the wonderful world of special effects, editing, sound design, scoring, etc.

      • July 3, 2016 at 12:58 am

        And time for impromptu but “completely normal” reshoots…

      • July 3, 2016 at 1:23 am

        It was due out in May and has kept the shoot schedule appropriate for that though. So it could be sitting in the can for 4 or 5 months at least .. They could put it out next summer if they wanted. The Force Awakens was different as JJ was behind schedule owing to delays in both getting a script together and the shooting.

  • July 3, 2016 at 12:32 am

    Somehow I sense that this tidbit is bigger than anything we’re going to get this month at Celebration regarding VIII.

    • July 3, 2016 at 1:38 am

      Definitely won’t be getting much, if anything at Celebration or SDCC regarding VIII. At most, maybe a title reveal but even that is unlikely.

      • July 3, 2016 at 1:57 am

        We should consider ourselves blessed if the title is revealed this early.

    • July 3, 2016 at 2:22 am

      I don’t think Celebration will do much at all with Episode 8. If anything, the focus will be on Rogue One. Celebration Orlando should be a different story.

  • July 3, 2016 at 12:53 am

    Can’t wait for SDCC!

    Great to see Episode VIII almost done filming. ^_^

  • July 3, 2016 at 2:12 am

    I’ve been able to stay away from 99% of Episode 8 spoilers, so I’m really anxious to see a SW movie not knowing anything going in. I checked out many Episode 7 spoilers because I was so afraid after the PT disaster, so I wanted to get a sense of the story. I have total faith in the franchise for Episode 8 & 9 and can’t wait to walk into that theater next December and have no idea what will happen with Luke, Rey, Snoke, Ren, Leia, etc.

  • July 3, 2016 at 2:29 am

    This kind of like TFA with principal wrapping. But as usual we don’t know the whole schedule, they can return for pickups and you guys keep your ears to the ground and let us know what else is going on to keep the whole train rolling?

    As far as real juicy rumors, man we’ve been hitting a dry spell. If not for Johnson filming out in the open like this, we probably would not have known anything about the Ach-To filming or scenes. He easily could have kept the lid shut and we would have been grasping at straws mistaking stunt doubles for Adam Driver as a Resistance/First Order double agents.

    The usual anonymous sources have been debunked faster than with TFA’s production as quickly as they come up with their lies. Such as our friend MrGhostFaceLives. I’m a bit skeptical about Luke facing off with the Knights of Ren on Ach-To. It kind of sounds too good to be true like Luke being a Dark Lord or the guarding the Tomb of Plagueis in Episode VII. A grain of salt to all the contradicting Rey Skywalker/She’s Not A Skywalker rumors. Disney reps could be denying everything to the hide the secret.

    • July 4, 2016 at 7:23 am

      ” It kind of sounds too good to be true like Luke being a Dark Lord or the guarding the Tomb of Plagueis in Episode VII.”

      Those are the opposite of too good to be true.

  • July 3, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    Outside Rogue One, I do believe this is the SW film with the least amount of time worked on it. Especially since they are doing the saga episodes every two years now.

    Granted the budget is probably enormous but I really hope this doesn’t equal a rushed production. I thought the three year cycle was perfect with one for conception, another for production, and the last for post but Disney wants fast returns on their investment not to mention we live in the golden age of ADD.

    I think we’ll know more of what to expect after Rogue One is out and how well it turns out seeing as how it was made in half the time.

    • July 3, 2016 at 5:47 pm

      TFA’s script had troubles which is why Kasdan and Abrams took over and rewrote it close to the start of filming, so to say TFA was in the works longer is a bit untrue. Episode 8 was being written while episode 7 was filming, they even filmed a scene for it on a Skelling the summer before TFA came out. Now, episode 8 will also have 6 more months of post production than TFA did, which allows for more reshoots and script fixing to be done.

      • July 4, 2016 at 7:23 am

        The only troubles were Arndt needing 18 months to write it.

    • July 3, 2016 at 7:38 pm

      I would echo some of what Brett Smith said, and wouldn’t worry too much about how much time they are or aren’t spending on each installment. I’m pretty sure they started working on Episode VIII before Episode VII was even completed. Furthermore, when you have all the troops in place, it’s much easier to keep the momentum going. I would imagine, behind the scenes work on Episode IX, little details we wouldn’t even care about, are being taken care of: location scouting, script treatments, casting along with other production details that are rather boring but when organized, dramatically speed up the efficiency of a project.

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