This photo provided by Disney shows Daisey Ridley as Rey, left, and John Boyega as Finn, in a scene from the new film, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," directed by J.J. Abrams. On Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, The Walt Disney Co. announced that the new release date for, “Star Wars: Episode VIII” will be Dec. 15, 2017. (Film Frame/Disney/Lucasfilm via AP)

This photo provided by Disney shows Daisey Ridley as Rey, left, and John Boyega as Finn, in a scene from the new film, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” directed by J.J. Abrams. On Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, The Walt Disney Co. announced that the new release date for, “Star Wars: Episode VIII” will be Dec. 15, 2017. (Film Frame/Disney/Lucasfilm via AP)

Star Wars: Episode VIII began filming last week, and today offers our first true tease of the film, along with some new actor announcements.

Actors Benicio Del Toro, Laura Dern, and newcomer Kelly Marie Tran have all been confirmed to appear in the next Star Wars chapter, which is being handled by Looper director Rian Johnson.

The clip below does contain a spoiler for the end of Episode VII and implies that Episode VIII will literally pick up right where the last episode off. Also seen in the clip, Johnson and crew getting excited to make more Star Wars.

Star Wars: Episode VIII, which does not yet have a subtitle, releases December 2017.

[Via: The Film Stage]

the author Kyle Hilliard