Saturday 23 September 2017

The force is strong with Ireland: stunning scenery hailed as 'Star Wars' crew set to return

Daisy Ridley and John Boyega in The Force Awakens
Daisy Ridley and John Boyega in The Force Awakens
Skellig Michael Photo: Independent Newspapers IRE
Wayne O'Connor

Wayne O'Connor

The production team responsible for bringing 'Star Wars' to Skellig Michael spoke for the first time yesterday about returning to The Kingdom for the next instalment of the famous movie franchise.

Lucasfilm has confirmed it will shoot several scenes in Kerry in the near future. Preparations are already underway with the construction of a metal roadway on the slopes of Ceann Sibéal on the Dingle Peninsula.

The company is expected to return in a number of weeks to film several sequences for the next 'Star Wars' film.

Candice Campos, Lucasfilm vice-president of physical production, said Ireland was "an important part of 'Star Wars' history".

"The beauty of Skellig Michael in the final scene of 'The Force Awakens' was stunning and we know the new locations along the Wild Atlantic Way will prove to be equally as beautiful in 'Star Wars: Episode VIII'.

"Lucasfilm is thrilled to return to Ireland to film several sequences for the next chapter in the 'Star Wars' saga."

Local farmers and landowners have signed contracts with the production company with many of them bound to secrecy about the filming. Fishermen and locals in Ballinskelligs were tied to similar agreements during filming on Skellig Michael.

Irish Film Board chief executive James Hickey said it was a further boost for the Irish film industry which had won several international awards this year.

Irish Independent

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