'Star Wars: Episode 8' Release Date & Trailer: Plot Spoiler Reveals Dead Jedi Will Return -- What We Know So Far [Rumor Round Up]

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Feb 12, 2016 04:54 AM EST

ANAHEIM, CA - AUGUST 15: Chairman of the Walt Disney Studios Alan Horn took part today in 'Worlds, Galaxies, and Universes: Live Action at The Walt Disney Studios' presentation at Disney's D23 EXPO 2015 in Anaheim, Calif. (Photo : Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

The return of the galaxy far, far away last year was a huge hit among "Star wars" fans. In fact, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" made it to the list of the box office records. Thus, fans have high expectations in the upcoming film "Star Wars: Episode 8."

GameSpot reported that "Star Wars: Episode 8" has officially begun filming. Disney chief executive Bob Iger confirmed that director Rian Johnson has started the production of the next blockbuster saga.

"There is no better way to propel this franchise into the future than producing quality products," Iger told Entertainment Weekly. "Filming of Star Wars: Episode 8, the next chapter of the legendary saga, has just commenced and it will be in theaters December 2017. And production of Episode 9, a 2019 release, has also begun."

In the latest edition of Episode 8 Bits, they reported that several "Star Wars" actors already confirmed their roles by cancelling Comic-Con appearance. The origins of the Knights of Ren will possibly be featured and a long-dead Jedi may return in "Star Wars: Episode 8," SlashFilm has learned.

CinemaBlend reported that Obi-Wan Kenobi will return in "Star Wars: Episode 8." However, the character will be portrayed as a Force ghost. Reports suggest that Ewan McGregor will be playing the role.

According to Star Wars Wikia, Kenobi was a Force-sensitive Jedi Master. He was Anakin Skywalker and Luke Skywalker's mentor.

Kenobi and Anarkin fought together against several generals but, in the last days of the Clone Wars, Anakin betrayed the Jedi and turned to the dark side. From then on, he used the name, Darth Vader.

In their first encounter, Kenobi wounded Vader and left him for dead. He went exile with Vader's newborn son Luke. Nineteen years later Kenobi trained Luke to be the next Jedi.

Han Solo took the pair to Alderaan only to find that the Death Star already destroyed the planet. Kenobi and Vader had another encounter. They dueled and Kenobi allowed Vader to kill him so Luke and the rest could escape from the Death Star.

If rumors are true, then fans will see Kenobi again in "Star Wars: Episode 8." This will surely be another great sneak peak of the franchise's history.

Meanwhile, John Boyega will have a more physical role in the upcoming flick. Latinos Health reported that the actor is working out and is practicing fencing. There are speculations that he will be using his own lightsaber in "Star Wars: Episode 8."

"My part in the next film will be much more physical so I might be in the gym a bit more," Boyega told Vogue.

"Star Wars: Episode 8" is slated for release in Dec. 15, 2017.

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