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Director Rian Johnson started editing Star Wars: Episode VIII on Monday, following the wrap of principal photography in late July.
The first-time Star Wars director, whose previous credits include Brick, Looper and three episodes of Breaking Bad, took to Instagram to show a picture of his editing bay with a dramatic “Picture Start” plastered across several screens. “Day 1!” Johnson captioned the photo, which saw an enthusiastic response from fans. Bob Ducsay (Godzilla, Looper) is set to lead the editing.
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Johnson will start to put together an initial cut of Episode VIII on the heels of the second trailer release for Rogue One: the first stand-alone live-action film in the Star Wars canon. If it’s any indication of the kind of film Johnson will be piecing together, he has previously praised J.J. Abrams for utilizing practical effects, especially in action sequences.
The latest installment in the galactic franchise will be scored by John Williams, who also composed the music for the previous seven Star Wars films, starting with A New Hope in 1977. The 84-year-old composer, signed on for the next installment in the new trilogy, told a crowd at the Tanglewood Music Center in Massachusetts on Saturday that he would begin work on Episode VIII in a few weeks.
Star Wars: Episode VIII is scheduled for release Dec. 15, 2017.
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