Warning: Spoilers ahead! If you haven't seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens, turn back now.
A surprising Star Wars: The Force Awakens cast member might make an appearance in Episode VIII.
During the European premiere of The Force Awakens, Kathleen Kennedy made a statement that every cast member of the film's cast would reprise their roles in the next fim, including Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher...and Harrison Ford.
There will be a handful of new cast members in Episode VIII but also all the cast members you see here tonight will be in it as well.
We’re excited to get back together. We start shooting Episode VIII in January, we’ve been prepping the movie for the last year and (writer-and-director) Rian Johnson has been doing an amazing job.
Maybe Kennedy was just being deliberately generic to hide the fact that Han Solo died at the hands of his son, Kylo Ren, in The Force Awakens. Ford might reprise the role from beyond Han’s grave through flashbacks, considering his ongoing emotional connection to Kylo Ren?
The Force Awakens raised a lot of questions that it didn't answer, and in response to the criticisism, Lawrence Kasdan says that certain mysteries about each hero will unfold in Episodes VIII and IX:
Everyone who has seen these movies thinks about ‘I am your father …’ and ‘There is another …’ But neither of those things were in [1977’s original] Star Wars. Star Wars didn’t say Luke was the son of Vader. Star Wars didn’t say Leia was the sister of Luke. You didn’t understand what these references were: the Empire, dark times, Clone Wars. There were these things that were discussed that don’t get explained. George [Lucas] dropped you into a story and respected you to infer everything necessary to understand what you need to know… Can this movie actually also hold, ‘And Rey is this … And Finn is that … And this is where Poe is from …’ This is the first of a series. There is a story to be told. And it will be.
Star Wars: Episode VIII will be released on May 26, 2017, and will be directed by Rian Johnson.