Filming on Star Wars Episode VII must be going pretty well. This morning brings us the news that the franchise’s first spin-off film will also be shot at Pinewood Studios next year.
The news was confirmed by Chancellor George Osborne, of all people, on Twitter during a guided tour around the Star Wars set from director JJ Abrams and Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy. (Jealous? Us? Never!)
The new movie will focus on a character from the Star Wars franchise, but although rumours have long swirled that the focus of the spin-off will be Han Solo, Yoda or Boba Fett, details remain under wraps… for now.
In a later statement, Osborne said: “Lucasfilm and Disney’s decision to shoot the Star Wars standalone movie in the UK is testament to the incredible talent in Britain.”
“The UK crew that we’re working with on Star Wars: Episode VII is incredible,” added Kennedy. “They’re among the most gifted and passionate when it comes to film and storytelling. Star Wars couldn’t be in better hands.”
Episode VII is currently being shot at Pinewood and in Abu Dhabi and sees the return of original stars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill along with new additions Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Lupita Nyong’o and more.
The Star Wars franchise is no stranger to British shores… The first three films were shot at Elstree Studios in Hertfordshire in the 70s and 80s, while subsequent prequel The Phantom Menace was filmed in 1997 at Hertfordshire’s Leavesden Studios.