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Skellig's stark beauty caught the eye of 'Star Wars' bosses

Laura Larkin

Published 01/10/2015 | 07:00

Mark Hamill attends the UK Premiere of
Mark Hamill attends the UK Premiere of "Guardians of the Galaxy"
A still from the new Star Wars trailer

Skellig Michael's "mystical ambience" is what set it apart as a perfect hideaway for Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker - and it's likely the crew could return next year.

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Newly released documents show that Lucasfilm indicated they may apply for permission to film there between January and May 2016 for the sequels to 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'.

Fans have speculated that the UNESCO Heritage site - which is home to protected seabirds - is expected to be the setting for Skywalker's secluded Jedi Knight Academy in the movie. Star Mark Hamill - who plays Skywalker - was back in Ireland last month to film more scenes for the trilogy.

Correspondence between the film company and government officials has given some hints as to the final result of their stint on the island off the Kerry coast.

Details include some locations on the island that will feature - including the famous Christ's Saddle formation.

In an environmental impact statement last year the company said that it had no desire to "dress" the ascent from the Wailing Woman to the monastery with movie props.

"Much of the appeal of the location comes from its stark, spartan beauty and its ancient, mystical ambience," it read.

Lucasfilm was forced to scale back its production plan to secure a return to Skellig Michael.

Irish Independent

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