STAR WARS: EPISODE VII to Shoot in the U.K.

     May 10, 2013

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Star Wars: Episode VII will follow in the footsteps of its live-action predecessors which all went through production in United Kingdom studios.  A press release from Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy confirmed that the J.J. Abrams-directed sequel to the original Star Wars trilogy will indeed find its home in the U.K. once again.

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Lucasfilm announced today that production of Star Wars: Episode VII will take place in the United Kingdom. All of the six previous live-action Star Wars movies have included UK production in such famed studios as Elstree, Shepperton, Leavesden, Ealing and Pinewood Studios.

“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,” said Kathleen Kennedy, President of Lucasfilm. “Speaking from my own longstanding connection to the UK with films like Raiders of the Lost ArkEmpire of the Sun and recently War Horse, it’s very exciting to be heading back.”

Earlier this year, representatives from Lucasfilm met with the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, in London to establish an agreement to produce Star Wars in the U.K. “I am delighted that Star Wars is coming back to Britain. Today’s announcement that the next Star Wars film will be shot and produced in the UK is great news for fans and our creative industries,” Osborne said today.

Star Wars: Episode VII will be directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Michael Arndt and is scheduled for a 2015 release.

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  • Person

    I think I remember Episode III being shot at Fox’s studio in Sydney, and possibly Episode II also. Not that it really matters. I’d imagine their choosing England because that’s where IV-VI were made.

  • Person

    I think I remember Episode III being shot at Fox’s studio in Sydney, and possibly Episode II also. Not that it really matters. I’d imagine their choosing England because that’s where IV-VI were made.

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  • Lance

    More importantly, what does filming in the UK mean for the movie’s look and production values?

    If the movie was all being done against greenscreen, you could presumably do that in the states cheaply enough. But filming in the UK will hopefully mean big giant sets will be constructed (because I think construction and labor costs are cheaper there)? Remember the interior of the Engineers’ spaceship in Prometheus was all created in England — would be nice to get some non-CGI wonder back into Star Wars again.

    • thatguy

      “Will you shut up about production value?!” –from Super 8

    • John Harrison

      It’s not because construction and labour costs are cheaper but because, in the words of the Cumberbatch, “we are better – at everything!”. ;)

      I do feel really confident that Abrams knows that all green screen, all the time really isn’t the way to go though, especially after the horror of the prequels. For what it’s worth – and no spoilers here I promise – saw Star Trek into Darkness at the BFI IMAX in London yesterday and all of the planet-based scenes looked amazing, a really convincing blend of sets and CGI. Even in mandatory 3D.

      Of course, Abrams is really filming here so it’ll be easier to get Cumberbatch to play, I dunno, the badass wannabe Sith son of Moff Tarkin or someone in it. Calling it now!

  • robby

    when money is no object, shoot in the UK. best studios, best crews, best casts, best locations…

  • MorganFleurDeLys

    I can’t see them making a 2015 release without rushing it. The only way I can see that working is if they have already started very significant pre-production without much, if any, of JJ’s input.

    • Reggie Eberhardt

      I agree no way this makes it’s 2015 May release date unless they are a lot further along then we have been lead to believe from a pre-production standpoint.

      • Reggie Eberhardt

        Maybe Winter of 2015 would be more likely.

    • Beatific

      2015 does seem optimistic. I can’t see JJ wanting to rush this.

    • chris gault

      I think they are farther along than they are letting on with casting … the script is probably pretty much done. More live action means less post production than ep. 1-3.

      • mbmarquis69

        I agree. The post production timetable is telling. If the story required wall-to-wall CG, there is no way they could make the 2015 deadline.

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  • ghdgirl

    Fingers crossed this means Cumberbatch will be part of Star Wars

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