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Published On: Sat, May 11th, 2013

‘Star Wars Episode VII’ will film in United Kingdom to ‘utilizing the incredible talent there’

Star Wars: Episode VII will follow the legacy of its live-action predecessors, all of which went through production in United Kingdom studios.

Star Wars classic bannerA press release on Friday from Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy confirmed that the J.J. Abrams-directed sequel to the original Star Wars trilogy will indeed find its home in the U.K. once again.

“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,” said Kennedy.

“Speaking from my own longstanding connection to the UK with films like Raiders of the Lost ArkEmpire of the Sun and recently War Horse, it’s very exciting to be heading back.”

The film is still later for 2015, but few details are known at this point.

Here’s the full press release (via StarWars.com):

STAR WARS FEATURE FILM PRODUCTION RETURNS TO THE U.K.

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.

“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,” said Kathleen Kennedy, President of Lucasfilm. “Speaking from my own longstanding connection to the UK with films like Raiders of the Lost ArkEmpire 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. “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,” Osborne said today.

Star Wars: Episode VII will be directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Michael Arndt and is scheduled for a 2015 release.

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