Next Star Wars to Be Shot In the UK

Posted by at 2:09 pm on May 12, 2013

Star Wars CastIt might not seem like the most surprising news, but after the prequels were largely shot in Australia, Star Wars Episode VII under J.J. Abrams’ direction will be moving back to the franchise’s ancestral home: the UK.

There are no details as to where specifically Abrams and his cast and crew will be working, but depending on availability, the likes of Shepperton, Leavesden and Pinewood could all be under consideration alongside a few other choices.

“We’ve 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,” Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said in statement picked up by The Wrap. “Speaking from my own longstanding connection to the UK with films like Raiders Of The Lost Ark, Empire Of The Sun and recently War Horse, it’s very exciting to be heading back.”

Abrams will work from Michael Arndt’s script and Disney wants the film complete for a spring 2015 release. While no official statements have been released, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher are all expected to appear to hand the new trilogy over to a fresh cast.

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