As Mark Hamill announced Star Wars: Episode VIII’s wrap date earlier last week, fans are already starting to gear up for the film’s release later next year. And, to contribute to the film's growing hype, Daisy Ridley is teasing fans with one of the film’s mysterious locations: Ahch-To.
The actress took to Instagram to share a gorgeous photo of what appears to be the island where Rey finds Luke Skywalker at the end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The photo, which showcases the island’s clear water and rocky coast, was posted along with a short message on Ridley’s behalf. “#DOUBLEPOSTMONDAY! If @riancjohnson can share it, so can I 🤓 oooooh la laaaaaa, where could it be, what could it mean! #episodeVIIIiscoming ...... #in18months #thewaitstruggleisreal 😄😄😄👽👽👽😻😻😻🎆🎆🎆,” she wrote. And, clearly, the actress' prolific use of emojis shows just how excited Ridley is about this shooting location.
Her post came after director Rian Johnson uploaded a picture to his Instagram which features a familiar Star Wars character. The greyscale photo focuses on what looks to be an old delivery truck which has had BB-8 drawn onto its dirt-splattered sides. With filming set to wrap on July 22nd, fans are hoping they'll see a few more teaser posts before the project is released next December.
As for the location Ridley shared with her followers, it’s likely that the set will feature heavily at least in the beginning of Star Wars: Episode VIII. Shortly after The Force Awakens was released, its WGA script confirmed the name of the mysterious location which fans saw at the film’s end. The planet is named Ahch-To, and canonically, it’s the place where the First Jedi Temple was located. Clearly, Luke Skywalker was looking for something that could only be found in the temple’s ruins, but as for what the Jedi was looking for, fans still don’t know for sure.
So, as always, it looks like fans will just have to wait until Star Wars: Episode VIII hits theaters December 15, 2017 to learn more about the new location.