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February 2016

February 15, 2016

[LINK]Star Wars Episode VIII Confirms Cast, Marks Start of Principal Photography

Lucasfilm announced today that Star Wars: Episode VIII began principal photography at Pinewood Studios in London, England. Marking the occasion with the above video, some returning cast was confirmed and a few new cast members were announced. Returning are Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, and Andy Serkis. New cast members announced today are Benicio Del Toro, Laura Dern, and Kelly Marie Tran in her first role in a major motion picture.

Star Wars: Episode VIII, which is written and directed by Rian Johnson and produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman and executive produced by J.J. Abrams, Jason McGatlin, and Tom Karnowski. Joining the production crew will be some of the industry’s top talent, including Steve Yedlin (Director of Photography), Bob Ducsay (Editor), Rick Heinrichs (Production Designer), Peter Swords King (Hair and Make-Up Designer), and Mary Vernieu (US Casting Director). They will be joining returning crew members Pippa Anderson (Co-Producer, VP Post Production), Neal Scanlan (Creature & Droid FX Creative Supervisor), Michael Kaplan (Costume Designer), Jamie Wilkinson (Prop Master), Chris Corbould (SFX Supervisor), Rob Inch (Stunt Coordinator), Ben Morris (VFX Supervisor), and Nina Gold (UK Casting Director).

Star Wars: Episode VIII is set currently scheduled for release in the U.S. on December 15, 2017

February 11, 2016

[LINK]Star Wars' Production Company Charged Officially Over Harrison Ford Injury

Disney's production company used to produced Star Wars: The Force Awakens was criminally charged in Britain today by the office of the Health and Safety Executive, the authority that governs workplace safety. The charges stem from the broken leg injury sustained by Harrison Ford on set during filming of the highly anticipated sequel in June 2014.

Ford, then 71, was struck by a hydraulic metal door on the set of his character's iconic starship, the Millennium Falcon at the London-area Pinewood Studios, which resulted in an emergency airlift to a nearby hospital for surgery.

Production on the film was halted for two weeks as a result, as producers regrouped to reschedule and make changes to accommodate the obstacle of losing Ford on set.

Great Britain's Health And Safety Executive has brought four charges of violations of health and safety laws against Foodles Production (UK) Ltd - a subsidiary of Disney.

Following an investigation, the HSE said it believed there was sufficient evidence about the incident which left Ford with serious injuries, to bring four charges relating to alleged health and safety breaches.

An HSE representative said: "By law, employers must take reasonable steps to protect workers - this is as true on a film set as a factory floor."

Foodles Production is the corporation operated by Disney to produce Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens, so it is the entity responsible under health and safety law.

Company representatives are expected to appear at High Wycombe Magistrates Court, which is in the area of Pinewood Studios on May 12.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens was filmed at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire where production of Star Wars: Episode VIII, directed by Rian Johnson is currently underway. Episode VIII is set for release in December 2017.

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