Over the last few months, Star Wars: Episode VIII director Rian Johnson has been using his tumblr to tease us from set. Now we've got a new, excellent Jedi-focused picture to feast on.

March brought us a look at a familiar set from Johnson's tumblr. In early April he showed us motion capture work of Lupita Nyong'o's Maz Katana. Later that month, when Johnson posted other behind-the-scenes images, he said they were halfway through the shoot.


Now he writes they're in the home stretch and dropped this image:



One might assume this is the same robe Mark Hamill wore at the end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens but I don't believe that one had a tie around the neck. Could this be Daisy Ridley's Jedi/Padawan Rey gear or did they just add the tie so it would stay on Luke (since he'll actually be moving around in Episode VIII)?

He also recently tweeted, "Sorry folks, ALL the rumors of us shooting in various towns in the states are false." Oh well.

While we've gotten some official casting announcements,  no one has commented on the big title rumor as of yet. The film is set for a May 26, 2017 release and according to StarWars.com, Claudia Gray's Star Wars: Bloodline book had input from the Episode VIII director. "Some of the story ideas and elements in this novel came straight from Rian Johnson, director of the forthcoming Episode VIII. We are indebted to him for his creativity and generosity!"

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