Hamill made the announcement on Twitter, humorously buttressing it with playful hashtags like “#LooseLipsSinkStarships” and “#PatienceMyPadawans”. According to him, shooting for the film will end in a couple weeks on Friday, July 22nd. Although that doesn’t seem too far off, the film itself is not set to see release until Christmas time next year, approximately two years after the premiere of The Force Awakens:
Friday, July 22nd is the second day of the San Diego Comic-Con and it’s probably safe to say now that the schedule will prevent the film from having a presence there. However, fans already know that Star Wars: Episode VIII will be present at the upcoming Star Wars Celebration in London. Hamill himself will have an hour-long panel there on Friday, July 15, and Lucasfilm has also revealed the Future Filmmakers panel is set to take place on the Celebration Stage on Sunday, July 17. The panel will be hosted by Lucasfilm Story Group’s Pablo Hidalgo and will feature Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story co-producer Kiri Hart, Star Wars: Episode VIII director Rian Johnson, and the Han Solo-directing duo of Chris Miller and Phil Lord.
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