'STAR WARS EPISODE VIII': Director Rian Johnson Commemorates "Home Stretch" With Set Photo

– by Joseph Medina

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS set the world on fire when it hit theaters last December. Over its first weekend, the film secured its place in the box office record books with the most successful domestic opening of any film ever. Its success also carried on in the overseas market, and by the end of its run (which, interestingly enough, only officially finished a couple days ago), it broke $2 billion worldwide, coming in at number three worldwide, behind only James Cameron's TITANIC and AVATAR.

What's more, the film managed to please a great majority of hardcore STAR WARS fans out there, many of whom lost faith in the series during the theatrical run of the prequel trilogy back in the 2000s. Director J.J. Abrams managed to accomplish the impossible, and brought back the spirit of the series that many feared would never get back to its former glory (and yes, before, you sound off in the comments, I am more than aware that there are some fans who insist the film is terrible. And yes, if that is you, that does make you a special snowflake).

Now LOOPER and BRICK director Rian Johnson has to follow that up with the second film in the new trilogy, the currently-untitled STAR WARS EPISODE VIII. The film has been undergoing principal photography for some time now, and if a recent tumblr post from Johnson is to be believed, they are approaching the end!

Check out the photo he shared below, which was accompanied by the caption, "In the home stretch.":

The image shows a photo of a tripod, apple box, shotgun mic, and (the only thing you care about) a Jedi cloak. While instinct tells me this may be Luke's cloak, I'd like to think we'll have a chance to see this cloak on Rey before the runtime is up. 

What do you think of this shot? Let us know in the comments down below!

STAR WARS EPISODE VIII hits theaters on December 15, 2017, and will, of course, see the return of Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, and Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker.

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