LONDON, July 14 (UPI) — Daisy Ridley and Mark Hamill have taken to social media to celebrate the end of principal photography on “Star Wars: Episode VIII.”
“And that is a wrap on ‘Star Wars: Episode VIII.’ My heart is brimming. #reyout,” Ridley wrote on Instagram Wednesday, alongside a photo of her character Rey standing with her eyes closed as she holds a blue lightsaber.
“Saying goodbye is hard when you’ve had the time of your life. I can’t thank the cast and crew enough, I couldn’t have done it without you. Loads of love, mh #StarWars #EpVIII #WrapParty,” Hamill said on Instagram a day before, sharing a photo of the colorful wrap party that took place at the Natural History Museum in London after principal photography had ended.
The highly-anticipated sequel to “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” directed by Rian Johnson, is due in theaters Dec. 15, 2017.
Hamill also shared on Facebook a video from the wrap party that featured a group of dancing Stormtroopers who performed dance hits including Silento’s “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae), Psy’s “Gangnam Style,” and Beyonce‘s “Single Ladies.” “These guys (& girls) were AMAZING! #EPVIIIWrapParty #TheEmpireShakesItsBooty #SexyStormtroopers,” he captioned the clip.
In June, Hamill addressed death rumors surrounding his character Luke Skywalker after comments he made about being out a job in reference to filming wrapping up on “Episode VIII.” “I meant ‘out of work’ because #Ep8 is wrapping soon OK?
“#DontOverThinkEVERYTHING #ParsingHamill #WaitForVIII,” he wrote on Twitter at the time to clear the air.