Star Wars Episode VIII is Filming in Ireland This Month

By James O Malley on at

Shooting on the middle instalment of the new Star Wars trilogy is to starting filming in Ireland this month, apparently.

NME reports that despite initial reports that the filming was reshoots for December's Force Awakens (which would be worrying), it is in fact Episode VIII director Rian Johnson and crew getting started on the next but one.

They have apparently been spotted on the 54-acre island of Skellig off of the South West Coast which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and contains the remains of a monastery from when the island was occupied prior to the 12th century.

It isn't clear what is being filmed there, because we know basically next to nothing about the film other than the Johnson will be directing following his success with Brick and Looper, and that Benicio del Toro has been cast as the villain. According to the NME, Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany is rumoured to be the film's female lead.

So do feel free to wildly speculate in the comments on exactly you think they are shooting in Ireland. Our hope: We're about to meet Chewie's Irish cousin.

Meanwhile the Force Awakens opens in the UK on the 17th December and there's an absolute shitload of toys you can already buy linked to it. [NME]