Benicio Del Toro, Laura Dern join ‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’

February 17, 2016 11:32 am | Updated 11:32 am IST - Los Angeles

Actors Benicio Del Toro and Laura Dern have joined the cast of Star Wars: Episode VIII .

The shooting for the next installment in the franchise began two days ago at London’s Pinewood Studios, Disney, reported Deadline.

Newcomer Kelly Marie Tran has also joined the cast that includes Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, and Andy Serkis.

Written and directed by Looper director Rian Johnson, Episode VIII continues the storyline introduced by The Force Awakens .

Produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman the film has JJ Abrams, Jason McGatlin and Tom Karnowski serving as executive producer.

Star Wars: Episode VIII is slated for release on December 15, 2017.

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