‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’ News: Steve Yedlin is the cinematographer, has created fire with Rian Johnson before

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Fuck yes. Rian Johnson has been making gorgeous af movies with cinematographer Steve Yedlin for a hit minute now (could that sentence have sucked any harder? whatever). So I’m glad to see Johnson has been able to bring Yedlin into the Star Wars stable as the director dives into the upcoming episode he is helming.


Director Rian Johnson has worked with cinematographer Steve Yedlin on three features:Brick, The Brothers Bloom, and Looper. Now, Yedlin is making the jump to lightspeed with Johnson: he’ll serve as the Star Wars: Episode VIIIcinematographer.

Variety reported the detail quite a while back, but it was a small piece buried in an article with an unassuming headline.Making Star Wars noticed it this week. (Daniel Mindel shot The Force Awakens.)

We know next to nothing about Episode VIII other than the fact that Rian Johnson is writing and directing, and that several characters from The Force Awakens such as Rey, Finn, and Poe Dameron will continue their stories.

The official blurb on Star Wars Episode VIII, from the official site, goes like this:

Rian Johnson will write and direct Star Wars: Episode VIII. The film, which continues the saga after the events of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, is set for release on May 26, 2017 — forty years and a day after the release of Star Wars: A New Hope in 1977. Johnson is widely considered one of cinema’s most gifted young filmmakers, having directed the modern sci-fi classic, Looper, as well as Brick and The Brothers Bloom. He was also behind the camera for three episodes of the critically-acclaimed TV series Breaking Bad, including “Ozymandias,” which series creator Vince Gilligan named as the best installment of the show. Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman, producer of Looper, Don Jon, Brick, and The Brothers Bloom, are on board to produce, and J.J. Abrams will serve as executive producer.