After “The Force Awakens” came out, rumors flew (If you haven’t seen “The Force Awakens,” you may want to turn away now). Now, for your reading pleasure, we will collect some of the prevailing rumors and news about the next installment in the main Star Wars franchise.
Frank Oz is at Pinewood: Pinewood Studios, perhaps the most famous United Kingdom film studio, is where many of the Star Wars films have been captured. On April fifth it was confirmed through various channels Frank Oz—who provided the voice and puppetry for Yoda—has visited the studio. Will this result in a little blue ghost to assist Luke in training Rey, or is it just a social visit?
Oscar Winner Nyong’o to Return: Maz Kanata, one of the new (and one of the only totally-CGI) faces in episode VII will also be in the next installment. A photo posted to director Rian Johnson’s Tumblr page has actress Lupita Nyong’o in a motion-capture suit while a film crew works its magic. Though Kanata was left in peril at the end of VII, there is plenty of ground for her character to cover, including how she got Anakin Skywalker’s lightsaber in her possession.
Hayden Christensen’s Triumphant Return: Editor-in-chief of website Making Star Wars, has reportedly been told: “A team in the UK are soon heading to the US to being training Hayden Christensen for a Star Wars: Episode VIII appearance of some sort.” There’s been no confirmation or other news about this, so it should be taken with a grain of salt. However, if it was true, what form could this spot be? A vision from Luke? A nightmare from Kylo Ren?
Of course, there’s a possibility any of these rumors are entirely false, and will result in something unexpected. Thanks for reading! Come back next week for more fun fan information!