The very first thing we found out about Star Wars Episode VIII is that it would pick up mere minutes after the events of The Force Awakens. In a new interview with USA Today about the most anticipated films of 2017, the film's writer/director Rian Johnson talks about why that decision was made, rather than picking up the action further down the road as they did in the other trilogy middle films.
“I don’t want to skip ahead two years,” Johnson says. “I want to see the very next moment of what happens.” Those disappointed by the lack of Luke in TFA are going to be thrilled to find out that his relationship with Rey is the emotional core of the film, and the audience's discovery of why Luke was where he was is, according to Johnson, “a large part of the movie.”
As for Rey, she'll be on quite the journey herself. “...(P)art of what’s she’s dealing with is the realization that she has this power and this gift,” Johnson adds. “She’s taking her first step to coming to terms with this thing inside her that she never knew was there and is just starting to reveal its potential.”
So there you have it, lots of information and next to zero information, all in one. Get used to this shit until we get a title or a trailer.