Star Wars will be filmed in the UK

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 11 May 2013
J.J. Abrams

J.J. Abrams

The J.J. Abrams-led movie 'Star Wars Episode VII' will continued the science fiction saga's long-running tradition of filming in the UK when it starts shooting in 2014

'Star Wars Episode VII' will be filmed in the UK.

The next installment of the science fiction saga will continue its tradition with scenes being shot in various locations when production begins in 2014.

Lucasfilm and British Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osbourne have reached an agreement over the filming of the first movie in the highly anticipated third trilogy of the series.

In a statement, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said: "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 utilising the incredible talent there can be a part of that."

The previous six 'Star Wars' movies have been filmed in the UK and George is "delighted" to see its return.

He added: "I am delighted that Star Wars is coming back to Britain ... [The] announcement that the next Star Wars film will be shot and produced in the UK is great news for fans and our creative industries."

The news follows reports scenes will be filmed in Scotland, with its "stunning scenery" described as a perfect fit for depicting "mountainous planets".

A source had revealed: "Location bosses feel 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."

The film - directed by 'Star Trek Into Darkness' boss J.J. Abrams - will also see the return original cast members Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia) and Harrison Ford (Han Solo).

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

  • 5 stars
  • 2015
  • US
  • 2h 16min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: JJ Abrams
  • Written by: Lawrence Kasdan, J.J. Abrams, Michael Arndt
  • Cast: John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker
  • UK release: 17 December 2015

From the ashes of the Empire, the villainous First Order rises up to destroy Luke Skywalker (Hamill) – but where is he? Fans can rejoice: Episode VII is sensational and surprisingly emotional, with a finely-crafted script and effects that never overpower the performances. Star Wars is back in a big way.

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