Star Wars 8 to return to film in Ireland
Star Wars: Episode VIII will film scenes on location along the so-called Wild Atlantic Way, a popular tourist trail that traces the west coast of Ireland.
The shoot follows on from scenes filmed on the remote island of Skellig Michael off the coast of County Kerry for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which was released in cinemas in December.
Behind-the-scenes material made available to announce the start of production for Episode VIII has revealed that Skellig Michael appears again in the next entry in the new trilogy, which is scheduled to hit cinemas in December 2017. Production will reportedly come to the mainland in the coming months.
“My department has been working with Disney Lucasfilm over recent months in a bid to accommodate the return of Star Wars to Ireland,” said Heather Humphreys TD, minister for arts, heritage and the gaeltacht.”
“Disney Lucasfilm have developed a strong affinity for Ireland, and I am delighted to see them return for further filming around our beautiful and dramatic coastline.”
Ireland offers a generous filming incentive worth up to 32% of eligible production expenditure. Movie and TV work is generally based in and around Dublin on the east coast, but efforts are being made to develop more filming infrastructure elsewhere in the country.
Last summer executives at Ardmore Studios near Dublin agreed a deal to manage Troy Studios, a new production facility being adapted from an existing industrial building outside Limerick in western Ireland.
Star Wars: Episode VIII is currently filming at Pinewood Studios near London. Pinewood Production Ireland Limited was set up last spring to provide local production services for Pinewood’s clients filming in Ireland.
For more on filming in Ireland see our production guide.