Saturday 21 October 2017

Watch: Trailer for latest Star Wars film is released... and Skellig Michael looks stunning

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THE highly-anticipated trailer to 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' has been released - and Ireland's Skellig Michael features prominently.

The trailer was released on Friday afternoon at the Star Wars Celebration convention in Orlando, and the convention also featured a tribute to the late Carrie Fisher.

The actress passed away in December 2016, but will appear in the iconic role of Princess Leia in the The Last Jedi, as filming wrapped several months before she died. Other big names from 'Episode Seven: The Force Awakens' including Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker

While the plot of 'The Last Jedi' has yet to be fully-explained, it seems that Skellig Micheal features prominently.

The director, Rian Johnson, returned to Skellig Michael with his cast in September 2015, picking up the story from the iconic moment in 'The Force Awakens', when Rey found Luke Skywalker on the stony steps of Skellig Michael.

They came back for a second shoot in May 2016 while locations along the western seaboard were handpicked to represent the planet Ahch-to in Episode VIII.

Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: "'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' broke box office records around the world in late 2015, bringing the magnificent scenery of Skellig Michael and the Wild Atlantic Way to the attention of millions of people everywhere.

"The fact that 'Episode VIII: The Last Jedi', due for release this December, was also shot on location along the Wild Atlantic Way is another fantastic coup for Irish tourism – and we’re absolutely delighted that the Wild Atlantic Way features so heavily in the first peek of the next episode, released today.

"Tourism Ireland will be taking every opportunity to capitalise on the huge publicity around the film, to whet peoples’ appetites to come and visit the Wild Atlantic Way and Ireland."

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