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Star Wars 8 secured €3m Irish filming incentive

Star Wars 8Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi – the eighth in the space opera franchise – secured a filming incentive of between €2m and €3m to shoot in Ireland.

The production team filmed scenes on the Wild Atlantic Way of Ireland’s west coast, with the incentive payment confirmed earlier this summer by the country’s Revenue Commissioners.

“I have no doubt that there will be massive payback for Ireland in the investment in the Star Wars movie through the tax relief,” said Peadar Toibin, deputy of Irish political party Sinn Fein, in comments to Irish media outlet The Journal. 

“Footage from the movie acts as a promotional video for the Wild Atlantic Way.”

American TV series Into The Badlands and Vikings in fact secured the biggest incentive payments from the Irish government in the first six months of this year, with between €10m and €30m each.

See KFTV's production guide for more details on filming in Ireland.

Images: Jonathan Olley/Lucasfilm

 



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