'Star Wars: Episode VIII' Has Officially Begun Filming

Principal photography has officially begun on "Star Wars: Episode VIII," with director Rian Johnson behind the camera.

Disney CEO Bob Iger offered the update Tuesday during a conference call with investors. Entertainment Weekly notes that the "Star Wars" sequel was originally set to begin filming last month, but the start date was pushed back a few weeks when its release shifted from May 2017 to December 2017.

Iger also revealed that production "has also begun" on director Colin Trevorrow's "Episode IX," but it's unclear just what he meant (pre-production possibly, considering the film won't be released until 2019).

He added that director Gareth Edwards' "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," the first in a series of standalone films, "is virtually completed and we absolutely love what we’ve seen so far." Pre-production has also begun on the untitled young Han Solo film, from directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller.

"Rogue One" arrives Dec. 16.

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