Standalone STAR WARS Film Set to Shoot in the UK

Star Warsby Joey Paur

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:

Lucasfilm and Disney’s decision to shoot the Star Wars standalone movie in the UK is testament to the incredible talent in Britain. This will mean more jobs and more investment. It is great news for people working at Pinewood Studios, from the set designers to the carpeners.

As Chancellor I have been determined that we back our brilliant creative industries which is why we have invested in skills and training as well as providing tax relief for films, high-end TV, animation, video games and regional theatre. The further changes the government made to the film tax relief at Budget 2014 will support our highly skilled, innovative creative sectors so that they continue to thrive and encourage more films to be made in the UK.

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. 

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