Star Wars franchise is setting out to hit the theaters with its upcoming science-fiction series sequel “Star Wars 8,” but with a fast pace of production, it may have an early release date.

The next film in the trilogy, currently known as Star Wars: Episode VIII began shooting at Pinewood Studios in the U.K. back in February. Thankfully, the production work of the sequel since then has gone smoothly without facing any drawback.

Rian Johnson (Looper), the director of Star Wars Episode VIII, updated on both his Twitter and Tumblr pages Thursday about the current status of the project. Thanks to his post, eager fans can rest assured, knowing the film is halfway through production without a major incident to report. The confirmation came with a couple of images of Johnson in front of some familiar-looking sets:

This update from Johnson hints that the major photography will possibly continue until sometime in June or early July. That will give Johnson and the rest of the #team George Lucas over a year to edit the film giving due attention to every minute detail. It is supposed that the pre-release work will be completed far ahead of its release date on December 15, 2017.

Now can it be expected that “Star Wars 8”will prepone its release date?

“Star Wars 8” will have a major part of cast from its predecessor (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) on board. The stars who are reprising their roles include Rey (Daisy Ridley), Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Chewbacca ( Joonas Suotamo), and Finn(John Boyega). It has also been hyped that Ridley has joined back the sequel with much more lightsaber training in order to perfect the intense battles.

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Additionally, a few new characters like the ones played by Benicio Del Toro and Laura Dern will finally make their introductions.

Screenrant  reports, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in theaters on Dec. 16, 2017, followed by Star Wars: Episode VIII on Dec. 15, 2017, the Han Solo Anthology film on May 25, 2018, Star Wars: Episode IX in 2019, followed by the third Star Wars Anthology film in 2020.