It's been officially announced that Lucasfilm and Disney will be shooting one of the Star Wars standalone films in the UK next year. They will shoot it at Pinewood Studios, which is where J.J. Abrams is currently filming Star Wars: Episode VII.
It really doesn't seem like that much of a surprise. I just assumed all of the Star Wars movies would be shot there. The announcement came from Chancellor George Osborne while he visited the set yesterday. He posted the above photo on his Twitter account. This was the statement he made:
There's no word on what the standalone movie will be, but it will be directed by Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) from a script written by Gary Whitta (The Book of Eli). The movie they will be shooting is set to be released on December 16th, 2016.