Star War Cast Celebrates First Day of Filming Episode VIII

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Disney announced Feb 15 .that principal photography for Star Wars: Episode VIII has begun at Pinewood Studios in London, and the cast and crew of Rian Johnson's highly-anticipated sequel to The Force Awakens took it to Twitter and Instagram to share their excitement.

Director Rian Johnson, and stars Mark Hamill and John Boyega all tweeted about the first day of filming. "Day one in the can!" Johnson wrote. "Meaning we finished, not that we filmed it in a toilet. Though I'm not saying we didn't. Ok I should stop typing now."

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Ridley took it to Instagram to share a video of herself filming with Hamill in Ireland. "We also have INCREDIBLE new cast members including Kellie Marie Tran who is raaaaad and who likes musicals too," she wrote. You can watch the vidoe on her Instagram page.

Earlier today, the new cast of The Force Awakens was announced. You can read the details here.

Star Wars: Episode VIII is scheduled to hit theaters on Dec. 15, 2017.