Saturday 10 December 2016

Falcon crest: Star Wars fever descends on Donegal as trucks roll in for weekend filming

Published 11/05/2016 | 20:29

A set reported by local media to be the Millennium Falcon from the new Star Wars Episode VIII film is seen on Malin Head in Ireland, May 11, 2016
A set reported by local media to be the Millennium Falcon from the new Star Wars Episode VIII film is seen on Malin Head in Ireland, May 11, 2016
Ireland's most Northerly bar, Farrens, is seen with graffiti art of Star Wars character Yoda painted on the side of the bar at Malin Head in Ireland May 11, 2016
Hugh Farren from Ireland's most Northerly bar, Farrens, displays pints of Guinness with Star Wars written on the head, in his pub on Malin Head in Ireland May 11, 2016
Signposts are seen near an area reported by local media to be a film set for the new Star Wars Episode VIII film, at Malin Head in Ireland May 11, 2016
A general view shows an area reported by local media to be a film set for the new Star Wars Episode VIII film, at Malin Head in Ireland May 11, 2016
Graffiti of a Storm Trooper from Star Wars is seen on the pier in Malin Head in Ireland, May 11, 2016
A man looks towards an area reported by local media to be a film set for the new Star Wars Episode VIII film, at Malin Head in Ireland May 11, 2016
A set reported by local media to be the Millennium Falcon from the new Star Wars Episode VIII film is seen on Malin Head in Ireland, May 11, 2016
A set reported by local media to be the Millennium Falcon from the new Star Wars Episode VIII film is seen on Malin Head in Ireland, May 11, 2016
A set reported by local media to be the Millennium Falcon from the new Star Wars Episode VIII film is seen on Malin Head in Ireland, May 11, 2016

From a galaxy far, far away to the coast of Donegal – the Star Wars trucks have started arriving.

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Filming will take place this place this weekend, with expected road closures and security measures in place for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

A huge number of trucks started rolling into the area this afternoon, according to Highland Radio DJ Jimmy Stafford, who posted a video of the vehicles coming in. 

Earlier today, it appeared that construction of the Millennium Falcon was well underway.

A set resembling Han Solo's spaceship could be seen from afar atop cliffs at Malin Head, Ireland's most northerly point, as filming on the "Star Wars: Episode VIII" is set to begin in the area on Friday, according to Irish media.

Filming will take place this place this weekend, with increased road closures and security measures in place for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The movie continues the hugely popular sci-fi saga after last year's "The Force Awakens", which also featured Irish scenery in the closing scenes.

"Star Wars: Episode VIII", which began filming in London in February, is due for release in December 2017.

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