Wednesday 18 October 2017

Star Wars Episode VIII to be filmed in Donegal

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is now the fourth highest-grossing film in UK history
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is now the fourth highest-grossing film in UK history

Donegal is set to be featured in the next Star Wars movie.

Location scouts have been to Ireland’s most northerly point at Malin Head and are set to return in the early summer to film scenes there.

It follows the inclusion of Skellig Michael in the last Star Wars movie ‘Episode VII: The Force Awakens’.

The Kerry island is also on the list of sites for the next movie – with sea stacks in Inishowen also set to feature.

Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Joe McHugh, said negotiations are at an advanced stage to filming scenes in the area.

“There are still a few things to be sorted with the Department including foreshore licenses but I’m confident that will be taken care of,” he said.

“This will be a massive opportunity to promote the area globally.

“It’s not a done deal as yet but I’m very hopeful that Donegal will join Kerry on the location list of a movie which will be seen globally.

“It could be a huge boost for both ends of the Wild Altantic Way.”

Movie-makers Lucasfilms spent two weeks at Malin Head last autumn before returning last week for another look at the scenery.

It's understood they will return in late May if they are given the go-ahead.

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