A Star Wars Fan Shot after the announcement of Disney's takeover of the franchise. (Photo : Robbish (Twitter))
"Star Wars Episode VII" will shoot in Britain.
Lucasfilm announced Friday that production will take place in the United Kingdom. It becomes the latest example of a high-profile Hollywood movie filming outside California. The most recent was "Iron Man 3" which shot in North Carolina.
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Kathleen Kennedy stated, "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 U.K. for production and utilizing the incredible talent there can be a part of that. Speaking from my own longstanding connection to the U.K. with films like 'Raiders of the Lost Ark,' 'Empire of the Sun' and recently 'War Horse,' it's very exciting to be heading back."
Representatives from Lucasfilm met with the chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, in London this year to establish an agreement to produce "Star Wars" in the U.K.
Osborne stated "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 U.K. is great news for fans and our creative industries."
Rumors about shooting in the UK were revealed this past week after location scouts stated they wanted to shoot in Scotland because of its beautiful terrain.
"Star wars Episode 7" is currently in pre-production with J.J Abrams attached to direct and set to shoot in the early part of 2014. Abrams announced that composer John Williams would likely return to score the iconic series; he also hinted that he may collaborating with franchise creator George Lucas on the new film.
Casting has yet to begin but rumors have revealed that Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, and Harrison Ford will return to the series. Anthony Daniels and Billy Dee Williams have also showed interest in reprising their roles from the original trilogy but they have not been approached
"Star Wars Episode 7" will be released it in 2015 by Disney.