Episode 8 is officially named 'The Last Jedi,' directed by Rian Johnson the film stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong'o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, and Andy Serkis in returning roles with new cast members Benicio del Toro, Laura Dern, and Kelly Marie Tran.
Speaking with Empire Rain Johnson named a couple of films that inspired 'The Last Jedi,' saying:
‘Twelve O’Clock High’ was a big touchstone, for the feel and look of the aerial combat as well as the dynamic between the pilots. 'Three Outlaw Samurai’ for the feel of the sword-fighting, and the general sense of pulpy fun. And ‘To Catch A Thief’ was a great film to rewatch, for the romantic scale and grandeur.”'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' is scheduled for release on December 15, 2017.