UK Star Wars fans rejoice… the highly anticipated sequel is returning to the UK. Lucasfilm announced yesterday (10 May) that they had made a deal with UK Chancellor George Osborne that Episode VII would be shot on location around the UK in 2014.
All previous six films have been shot partly in the UK having utilised some of the country’s biggest film studios: Elstree, Shepperton, Leavesden, Ealing and Pinewood Studios. There has already been talk that the Scottish Highlands and Isle of Skye have been scouted as possible locations. Sources reported to Britain’s The Sun that “Scotland possesses stunning scenery perfect for movie backdrops. They will look great on the big screen and the rock formations will replicate the perception of mountainous planets. It will be the first time Star Wars has ever been shot north of the border.”
Representatives from Lucasfilm met with the Chancellor earlier this year to discuss filming opportunities. The project will be able to take advantage of new tax laws in the UK that have come into effort over the past few years and that has already brought productions such as Skyfall, Inception and The Woman in Black to the UK.
In the Lucasfilm statement, president Kathleen Kennedy said that they had “devoted serious time and attention to revisiting the origins of Star Wars as inspiration for our process on the new movie, and I’m thrilled that returning to the UK for production and utilizing the incredible talent there can be a part of that… it’s very exciting to be heading back”.
Osborne said that he was “delighted that Star Wars is coming back to Britain… [the announcement] is great news for fans and our creative industries”.
See Channel 4 news interview with Osborne HERE.
Star Wars Episode VII is scheduled for a summer 2015 release.