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WATCH: Star Wars: Episode VIII Is Underway

San Diego native joins the cast

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    On Monday, February 15, 2016, principal photography for Star Wars: Episode VIII began at Pinewood Studios in London. To mark the occasion a production trailer was released that will give any fan of The Force goosebumps:

    Episode VIII AnnouncementEpisode VIII AnnouncementThe first production trailer for Star Wars: Episode VIII is out. (Published Monday, Feb. 15, 2016)

    A new movie means new characters, and the list of actors joining the Star Wars universe is impressive. It includes Academy Award winner Benicio Del Toro, Academy Award nominee Laura Dern, and Kelly Marie Tran.

    While she's relatively new to the big screen folks in Southern California will recognize Tran. She' a San Diego native who graduated from UCLA. From there she's trained with prestigious comedy groups Second City and Upright Citizens Brigade.

    San Diego native Kelly Marie Tran is stepping in to the Star Wars universe.
    Photo credit: College Humor

    Star Wars: Episode VIII, which is written and directed by Rian Johnson, picks up where Star Wars: The Force Awakens left off and welcomes back cast members Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, and Andy Serkis.

    The film is scheduled to be released on December 15, 2017. I suggest getting in line now.