Laura Dern joins cast of Star Wars: Episode VIII

The latest news to hit from Looper director, Rian Johnson’s in-production sequel is a selection of new cast members.

We already knew that Benicio del Toro will play a villain, but an official announcement means we now know that he’ll be joined by Jurassic Park‘s Laura Dern and “talented newcomer”, Kelly Marie Tran. Tran is following in Rey actress, Daisy Ridley’s footsteps by making the step up from relative obscurity, after appearing in a range of shorts and small appearances in TV shows.

The announcement comes alongside the news that the film has moved into principal photography at the UK’s Pinewood Studios today, after cameras started rolling elsewhere last week

Much of The Force Awakens cast were confirmed for their expected reappearances, too, including Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, and Andy Serkis.

Star Wars: Episode VIII is planned for release on December 15, 2017 in the US and UK.