ByTom Perkins, writer at
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Tom Perkins

With the hype of Star Wars Episode 8 already upon us, Disney has decided to return to the already familiar country of Ireland. The last final scenes of the 2015 blockbuster 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' were shot at Skellig Michael off the coast of Ireland.

Episode 8 has already begun filming in the historical district of Dubrovnik in Croatia and now has continued their production through into Malin Head, the most northerly point of the island of Ireland.

Malin Head
Malin Head

It's also understood that several hotels in the area have been block-booked for the month of May, with reports also coming through that the studio is looking to cast several extras.

Skellig Michael and Ceann Sibeal have also been confirmed to be shown quite frequently within the film.

Although, since this has been confirmed, it also been confirmed that Lucasfilm who is owned by Disney shall not be re-visiting Skellig Michael and so settings from the island have been recreated at Pinewood studios, near London.

A source quoting the studio gave comment,

β€œThe Skellig Michael sets have been built and in some cases recreated at Pinewood. Filming at Skellig Michael was just too complicated for environmental reasons. Migrating birds have more power than any corporation over that isle,”.

A Star Wars Episode 8 teaser trailer has also been released, featuring the island.

The film is due for release 15th December, 2017.


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