Disney's new Star Wars spin-off will start filming in the UK in 2015
During a set visit to J.J. Abrams "Star Wars: Episode VII
" sets in London, the British Chancellor, George Osborne revealed that the upcoming "Star Wars" spinoff will begin shoot in 2015.
During a visit to the JJ Abrams
's "Star Wars: Episode VII
" set in London's Pinewood Studios, Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, revealed that the recently announced Star Wars spinoff
will be shot in the U.K., according to The Hollywood Reporter
The Star Wars spin-off, has a release date for December 16, 2015. The script will be written by Gary Whitta, the writer of Book of Eli.
Gareth Edwards, the director of Godzilla,
will direct the sequel, Edwards told THR: "Ever since I saw Star Wars I knew exactly what I wanted to do for the rest of my life -- join the Rebel Alliance!"
There are no details surrounding the storyline of the new movie, but recent reports suggest that characters such as Boba Fett and Jedi master Yoda maybe getting their own movies.
It is also rumored that there is a potential Han Solo origin story. The new feature film will start shooting in 2015, at Pinewood Studios.
The Boba Fett film would take place either between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, or between Empire and Jedi, where the bounty hunter was last seen plunging unceremoniously into a sarlacc pit. Exactly who would play him isnt much of a complication in the original trilogy, he never took off his helmet. And in the prequels, we learned he was the son of the original stormtrooper clone, played by Temuera Morrison, whos still the right age for the part if his services were required.
In addition to bringing back two fan-favorite characters as the leads of their own films, the Han Solo and Boba Fett projects would also allow Darth Vader, in full-on black death-metal gear, to return as a villain, since placing the spin-offs within the original trilogy would mean he is still alive and hissing. That timeline would also open the door for a return from visit with everyones favorite degenerate slug-like gangster, Jabba the Hutt. [EW>
"Lucasfilm and Disney's decision to shoot the Star Wars standalone movie in the UK is testament to the incredible talent in Britain," he added.
Recently, the U.K. has implemented an aggressive set of tax credits to bring major Hollywood productions into the U.K. and based upon the chancellor's recent tweets, he promises more jobs and opportunities.
Given Lucasfilms decision to film another Star Wars movie in the UK, it is clear that the Force is strong here," U.K. Culture Secretary Sajid Javid commented.
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