Star Wars 2015 logo
Star Wars 2015 confirmed for UK filming
Star Wars 2015 logo
Star Wars 2015 confirmed for UK filming

The new Star Wars movie filming will take place in England Disney’s Lucasfilm said on Friday.

“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,” Kathleen Kennedy, Lucasfilm president, said in a statement.

The six previous Star Wars films were all partly filmed in the UK at famed studios including Pinewood, Elstree and Shepperton.

The news was of course welcomed by the UK Chancellor George Osborne, who tweeted, “Great news for our creative industries. May the force be with us”.

UK Chancellor George Osborne's tweet
The UK Chancellor George Osborne’s tweet

This will of course further boost the British film industry that has been regenerated by the popular Bond and Harry Potter film franchises. Interesting to note that the Potter movies followed the more recent Star Wars in being filmed in the Leavesden studios.

Star Wars: Episode VII has already had confirmed that long term fan JJ Abrams will direct.

The “Star Wars” franchise has grossed more than $4.4 billion at the worldwide box office since the first film was released in 1977.

Star Wars: Episode VII is scheduled to be released in 2015 will plans for a yearly release of a new films there after.

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Colin Davies

The editor of Film Review Online