By: Dominic Jones
Now that filming has wrapped up in Dubrovnik, Croatia, we can start looking forward to the next location shoot for Star Wars Episode VIII and whatever tidbits about the film we may be able to glean from that. We've known for a while that filming would be returning to Ireland (specifically in the Ceann Sibéal area), and now our friends over at MakingStarWars.net have some new details about what will be shot there. Apparently the shoot will be ten days long and will feature stars Mark Hamill and Daisy Ridley in May.
According to MSW,
- Crew have now started work on a fairly large set at Ceann Sibeal in west Kerry.
A temporary road is in place and in the last few days two big cranes have been brought onto the site.
- Locals in the area who are involved in the shoot (providing accommodation, transport, etc) say the crew are building some sort of village which resembles the ancient stone monastery that’s on Skellig Michael. Whether its a new location or a replica of what’s on Skellig isn’t clear yet but it looks similar in design.
- Some filming, probably background and effects shots, is due to start at the end of April with principal photography with Hamill and Ridley to start in May and last about 10 days. Shoot will be much bigger than the ones on Skellig island and almost every bit of accommodation nearby has been booked out by Disney.
Previous rumors have stated that sets in Ceann Sibeal will include a village, which is probably what's the "fairly large set" described above. It's also been reported that the sets there are meant to from the same planet seen at the end of The Force Awakens (known in the script as "Ach-To"). The Ach-To scenes for The Force Awakens (and a few for Episode VIII) were shot on Skellig Michael, an island of the coast of Ireland, however the restrictions of filming there made it so that the filmmakers had to find a new location to do scenes that involved more than just Daisy Ridley and Mark Hamill starring at each other. A set on the back lot at Pinewood Studios also bears a resemblance to the stone huts seen on the island.
As always this is just a rumor until confirmed or denied by Lucasfilm.
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