It has been officially announced that Domhnall Gleeson will be reprising his role as General Hux in Star Wars: Episode VIII - and principal photography on the movie has begun.

Gleeson's return was announced at the same time as a new production video was posted on YouTube which featured footage of director Rian Johnson and his crew filming on Skellig Michael off the Kerry coast.  

Announcing the start of principal photography on Monday, Lucasfilm said: "Rey took her first steps into a larger world in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and will continue her epic journey with Finn, Poe, and Luke Skywalker in the next chapter of the continuing Star Wars saga, Star Wars: Episode VIII, which began principal photography at Pinewood Studios in London on February 15, 2016."

Rian Johnson filming on Skellig Michael. Screengrab copyright: Disney Lucasfilm

“New cast members will include Academy Award winner Benicio Del Toro, Academy Award nominee Laura Dern, and talented newcomer Kelly Marie Tran,” the statement continued.

Skellig Michael in the new production video. Screengrab copyright: Disney Lucasfilm

Fans have been speculating about Harrison Ford's return in Episode VIII, but there is no mention of him in the statement, or of Peter Mayhew, who plays Chewbacca. 

Star Wars: Episode VIII is due for release on December 15, 2017. Spin-off movie Star Wars: Rogue One is released on December 16, 2016.