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Star Wars Episode VIII may see the return of a key character

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While Star Wars: The Force Awakens approaches theatrical release filming for the second in the trilogy, the as yet untitled Episode VIII is underway on the rocky Irish outcrop of Skellig Michael. The island was used in this year's film so a return makes sense.

Added to that, set reports suggest that Mark Hamill is currently filming on the island suggesting that Luke Skywalker will survive the events of The Force Awakens. As yet most of the main cast hasn't been fully confirmed but we're expecting a full rundown reasonably soon given that filming is underway - obviously any casting announcement might be replete with spoilers so take anything, rumour or not with a pinch of salt.

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Last updated: 06/08/2018 16:03:25

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Star Wars is a science fiction film series created by George Lucas. It debuted in 1977 and the first film was quickly retitled to Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. It was followed by two sequels - The Empire Strikes Back in 1980 and Return of the Jedi in 1983. A trilogy of prequel films were launched in 1999 with The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. In 2015 Star Wars returned to the screens for a new trilogy under the control of Disney with The Force Awakens directed by J J Abrams.

A series of spin-offs were launched in 2016 with Gareth Edwards' Rogue One and 2017 will see the second film in the new trilogy, Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi.

Another spin-off will be released in 2018 - Solo - which tells the story of Han Solo before the original Star Wars film and 2019 will round off the third trilogy with the untitled Episode IX.

A fourth trilogy of films has been announced for release after 2020 which will be overseen by Rian Johnson and they will feature entirely new characters and an entirely separate story.

In addition, there are the TV series The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels and a new as yet untitled live action series due to debut some time after 2020.

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