A week after the cast and crew of Star Wars 8 (opens in new tab) held a swanky, Stormtrooper-filled wrap party (opens in new tab), the movie has now officially wrapped. The occasion was marked by Lucasfilm on social media via a looped clip of the final slate being clapped:
“Final slate of the final shot," reads director Rian Johnson's caption. "VIII is officially wrapped. Thanks to the best cast and crew in the galaxy, and thanks to the fans for all the love and support though the whole process. Cannot wait to put it together and share it with you all! "
Principal photography draws to a close roughly five months after it kicked off, and we already knew today was the day thanks to Mark Hamill (opens in new tab). With the movie now in the can, that leaves Johnson and his crew of technical wizards well over a year to prepare the movie for cinemas.
That also means there's oodles of time for us to learn more about the film. Like it's name, for instance. Or you know, what it's actually about. The powers that be probably have a marketing plan in place for all of these reveals, and we're just going to have to wait it out. But if you're desperate for ANY new scraps of intel, take a look at Johnson's required viewing for his cast and crew (opens in new tab). Could be there's some pretty big hints in there.
Directed by Rian Johnson and starring Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Laura Dern, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Gwendoline Christie, and Benicio del Toro, Star Wars 8 (opens in new tab) opens in cinemas on December 15, 2017.