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Filming Star Wars in Ireland was 'a thrill'


Rian Johnson

Rian Johnson

Rian Johnson

Star Wars: Episode VIII will be a classic war film in the style of The Bridge on the River Kwai, its director has revealed.

Rian Johnson, who has just finished shooting the first direct sequel to 2015's The Force Awakens, told convention-goers at the ExCeL London conference centre that he set up a "film camp" for the Story Group at Lucasfilm to show them where he wanted to take the Star Wars franchise.

Johnson said that a large section of the film has been shot on the southwest coast of Ireland, and showed a cryptic photograph of one of the locations: a wild stretch of shoreline covered in thick green undergrowth and swimming in mist.

"It was amazing getting out there some way into the shoot and suddenly having this whole other texture to the film," he said. "The natural beauty of the coastline just opened up to us, and it was a thrill to put those actors out there and film them there for real."