Hello, Bloggers. It has just been announced that Star Wars: Episode VIII is officially filming.
Also, they have released the list of returning cast members. John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, and Daisy Ridley will of course be returning as Finn, Poe, and Rey, respectively. We will also see the return of Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher but not Harrison Ford (for obvious reasons). Thankfully, we will get to see Gwendoline Christie return as Captain Phasma which means we will hopefully get to know more about her since she was a little underutilized in The Force Awakens. Also, Lupita Nyong'o will return as Maz Kanata. I liked the motion capture work she did so I'm pretty enthused she'll be back. Lastly, Adam Driver and Domnhall Gleeson return as Kylo Ren and General Hux, respectively. I'm sure we will see BB-8 return as well.
Now onto the new additions. The good news is that Benicio Del Toro has been confirmed to join the cast and Laura Dern has been announced which is surprising but an amazing addition. But the bad news is that Gugu Mbatha-Raw hasn't been announced. So, it looks like she won't be joining the cast (trying not to cry.). But we still get to see more diversity represented in the Star Wars universe with the addition of an Asian actress named Kelly Marie Tran. It looks like Disney is attempting to make more stars out of minority talent which is very exciting.
So overall, I like how all of the remaining cast members are returning and find the new additions very exciting. Please be sure to leave your own thoughts in the comments section on what you think of the announced cast list. Thanks for reading!