Lucasfilm Announce That Star Wars Episode VII Will Be Filmed In The UK

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Confirming previously heard rumblings, Lucasfilm and Disney have now issued an official statement that Star Wars: Episode VII is going to be shot in the UK. Not necessarily Elstree, as pictured above, but it’s certainly a possibility.

And this deal doesn’t mean there won’t be location work done elsewhere around the world, of course. I’m pretty sure something will be filmed in Tunisia, for example.

Here’s the full statement. Once again, the 2015 release date is being reiterated – and I think the first quote from Kathleen Kennedy is interesting for its implicit light dissing of the prequels.

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, Leavesden, Shepperton, 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.

It’s every time I see the words Michael Arndt that I get excited.

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