‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’ starts filming, adds del Toro

February 15, 2016 5:03 PM

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NEW YORK — “Star Wars: Episode VIII” has begun filming and has added Benicio del Toro and Laura Dern to its cast.

The Walt Disney Co. announced that “Episode VIII” started principal photography at London’s Pinewood Studios on Monday. Written and directed by Rian Johnson, the “Star Wars” sequel will follow J.J. Abrams’ box-office smash “The Force Awakens.” It’s set for release in December 2017.

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