Star Wars Episode VIII director Rian Johnson reveals a brand new set photo

Filming on the follow-up to JJ Abrams' The Force Awakens is "in the home stretch"

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It seems like just yesterday we were walking out of cinemas in wide-eyed wonder having seen Star Wars Episode VII but it’s almost time for filming on Episode VIII to wrap up.

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At least that’s what director Rian Johnson says anyway. He’s well known for sharing sneaky set images and his latest Tumblr post features the caption “in the home stretch”.

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It looks as though they’re still filming scenes on the Jedi temple planet of Ahch-To (with a certain someone’s Jedi robes set against familiar looking cliffs), but given the fact that the crew wrapped filming in Ireland a few weeks ago (and left a lovely thank you message for locals in an Irish newspaper) we’re guessing they’re filming in a studio rather than on location. 

Then again, we could be wrong, the backdrop could be set at an entirely different location.

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Either way, we’re one step closer to finding out what happens next. And there’s always Rogue One in December to keep us ticking over until the Force re-awakens in 2017.