Do you feel it? A disturbance in the force! It can only mean one thing... spoilers for 'Star Wars 7' lie ahead!
Last year Disney began filming on the Irish island of Skellig Michael, a location which would come to be known as the sanctuary of a mourning and isolated Luke Skywalker. Driven into self-exile after the loss of his fledgling Jedi, Skywalker fled to the mystery planet known as Ahch-To and consequently we didn't see much of him in Star Wars 7.
Unfortunately, all this chaos hasn't been good for Skellig Michael, which has been around since the 6-8th century but hasn't fared well around the film crews and tourists drawn in by the movie.
The Irish Times reports that many incidents have occurred as a consequence of the increased presence on the Island. According to the The Office of Public Works (OPW), Stonemasons were required to repair the damage to the Irish heritage site, which included dislodged stones.
The National Trust For Ireland reports that Disney's Lucasfilm was not approved for filming under section 14 of the National Monuments Act, which is in place to protect cultural and historical landmarks. This would have also guaranteed that the Star Wars crew would have had to ensure minimal corruption of the environment.
On the other hand, the OPW has also made sure to point out that the damage done is repairable, meaning it all can't have been that bad, right?
“This is an entirely normal procedure and does not involve the introduction of new material but rather involves the ‘tightening’ of steps which may have loosened, re-using the dislodged material.”
Skellig Michael is located off the far west coast of Ireland and is a beautiful island. I'm sure we'd all love to see Luke's sanctuary, but be careful, I'm sure they'll be pretty protective after the Star Wars incident!
Filming for Star Wars 8 is already underway, ready for its release on May 26, 2017.