While talking to UK Vogue, Star Wars: The Force Awakens star John Boyega made mention of the Episode VII script, calling it "Much darker."
A slight Force Awakens spoiler follows…
"My part in the next film will be much more physical," he added. "I might be in the gym a bit more." Boyega's Finn was left in a hospital bed — but not a bacta tank — at the end of The Force Awakens. If the Sequel trilogy roughly follows the patter of the originals, Episode VIII will pick up two-to-three years later, with Finn presumably feeling much better.
Written and directed by Rian Johnson, Episode VIII will also follow up on ideas Johnson asked director J.J. Abrams and screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan to insert into The Force Awakens. Kasdan himself said the next film will "some weird thing." Critics of the current film's familiar tone and plot will no doubt be anticipating the change in style.
Star Wars: Episode VIII is scheduled for release on May 26th, 2017.