Lucasfilm announced today that production of Star Wars: Episode VII will take place in the United Kingdom. All of the six previous live-action Star Wars movies have included UK production in such famed studios as Elstree, Shepperton, Leavesden, Ealing and Pinewood Studios.
Star Wars: Episode VII to be shot in the U.K.
President of Lucasfilm Kathleen Kennedy stated the following.
"We've devoted serious time and attention to revisiting the origins of Star Wars
as inspiration for our process on the new movie, and I'm thrilled that returning to the UK for production and utilizing the incredible talent there can be a part of that. Speaking from my own longstanding connection to the UK with films like Raiders of the Lost Ark
, Empire of the Sun
and recently War Horse
, it's very exciting to be heading back."
Earlier this year, representatives from Lucasfilm met with the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, in London to establish an agreement to produce Star Wars in the U.K.
Said George Osborne.
"I am delighted that Star Wars
is coming back to Britain. Today's announcement that the next Star Wars
film will be shot and produced in the UK is great news for fans and our creative industries."
Star Wars: Episode VII will be directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Michael Arndt and is scheduled for a 2015 release.
Star Wars: Episode VII comes to theaters December 18th, 2015 and stars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson, Lupita Nyong'o. The film is directed by J.J. Abrams.