Feb 18, 2016 03:40 AM EST By Maria Cabrera

'Star Wars: Episode 8' Cast: John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Mark Hamill & More

In July 2015, it was reported that Benicio del Toro was being considered for a villain; del Toro later confirmed that he had been cast.

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  • The Star Wars sequel trilogy is the third film trilogy in the space opera franchise Star Wars, created by George Lucas. It is being produced by Lucasfilm and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. The trilogy will consist of episodes VII through IX and follows after Return of the Jedi (1983) in the saga's chronology.

    On June 20, 2014, Rian Johnson was announced as writer and director of Episode VIII and writer of Episode IX. Johnson confirmed in August 2014 that he would direct Episode VIII.

    Like The Force Awakens, filming for Episode VIII will take place at Pinewood Studios near London. In September 2015, some pre-production filming took place on the island of Skellig Michael, Ireland to take advantage of better weather conditions. It is scheduled for release on Dec. 15, 2017.

    In July 2015, it was reported that Benicio del Toro was being considered for a villain; del Toro later confirmed that he had been cast.
  • Daisy Ridley will play the role again as Rey, the heroine. Young, possibly orphaned woman on planet Jakku, who survives as a scavenger. She has very strong abilities in mechanics and engineering. Her past is shrouded in mystery. Possible daughter of Luke Skywalker.
  • Laura Dern joined the cast for episode 8, but the role has not been revealed yet.
  • John Boyega will returns as Finn. Finn is a former storm trooper (FN-2187) who befriends Poe Dameron, Rey, Han Solo, Chewbacca, and General Organa in the fight against the First Order.
  • Domhnall Gleeson will again play the character General Hux. A ruthless commander in power struggle with Kylo Ren for the First Order leadership and being exceeded only by Snoke.
  • Adam Driver returns as Kylo Ren. He (Kylo Ren) is the primary antagonist in Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.
  • We will be seeing Mark Hamill again as Luke Skywalker. He is born to Padmé Amidala, moments before his twin sister, Leia. His mother dies in childbirth.
  • Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma. Legion Commander who reports to General Hux. She wears special armor that can change shape and purpose based upon weapons firing at her.
  • Lupita Nyong'o as Maz Kanata. A thousand-year old female pirate and past acquaintance to Han Solo. Around thirty years after the Battle of Endor, Maz lives in semi-retirement in her castle on Takodana, complete with a cantina. She plays host to travelers, smugglers and other riff-raff from across the galaxy.

    Maz does not appear to possess any abilities with The Force, but she may be Force-sensitive, recognizing those who are strong with it. And is very insightful due to her advanced years.
  • Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia Organa. Leia followed in her adoptive father's footsteps, and entered politics. She became the youngest senator ever in the Imperial Senate, representing Alderaan. As a senator, Princess Leia ran a number of "diplomatic aid missions" that were fronts for Rebel resupply missions. She used her diplomatic immunity and her consular ship to gain access to restricted areas.
  • Andy Serkis as Supreme Leader Snoke. Leader of the First Order who appears as a very large hologram. He revived ancient Sith teachings from planet Malachor and has trained 8 apprentices with Kylo Ren being the most promising. Snoke created the "Knights of Ren" order. Snoke is personally known by Han, Leia and others. Soundtrack music for Snoke is identical to soundtrack music for Darth Plagueis story.
  • Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron. Dameron is an extraordinarily gifted X-Wing pilot with amazing "stick-and-rudder" skills. He is trusted by Leia.
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