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Star Wars Episode VIII comes back home to a new location in Ireland…

March 10th, 2016 by Marc Comments

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Although the filming to Star Wars: Episode VIII is more locked down than the truth about Rey’s parents, it has been revealed that the crew will return to the location of The Force Awaken’s final scene, as well as new shooting locations in Ireland.

Episode VIII is currently shooting in Croatia, but the return to Ireland may include the follow up scene or scenes between Rey and Luke Skywalker, which ended on a cliffhanger in the stirring final shot of The Force Awakens, writes Squareeyed.

Skellig Michael, the real world point at which said ending was filmed, will again feature in the film, as well as Ceann Sibeal, the western tip of the Dingle Peninsula.

Skellig Michael

Local papers are reporting that Malin Head in Donegal is being scouted as a possible spot. Rumours are also flying that hotels and B&Bs in the area are being booked solid during the month of May.

Malin Head
Malin Head

The iconic stone huts at Skellig Michael have also had mock-ups created at Pinewood Studios in England, the iconic film studio well known for its long-running connection to the Star Wars franchise. These are more than likely to be used for interior shots.

Dingle Peninsula
Dingle Peninsula
Disney are yet to comment on the location. No surprise really.

Episode VIII is due to land in cinemas in December 2017.

Check out our video below on how Episode VIII will tie into the ending of The Force Awakens.

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….