First Star Wars spin-off to be made in England

First Star Wars spin-off to be made in England

The first 'Star Wars' spin-off film will be made in England.

The movie - which will be helmed by 'Godzilla' director Gareth Edwards - will be filmed at the Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire next year, it has been confirmed.

The British Conservative Party Chancellor George Osborne made the announcement during a visit to the studio, where the long awaited 'Star Wars: Episode VII' is currently in production.

The project will be the first of "at least three" planned spin-offs, each of which will focus on an individual character from the popular franchise, and will be released on December 16, 2016.

It is so far unknown, however, whether the second of the planned spin-offs, which will be helmed by 'The Fantastic Four' director Josh Trank, will also be filmed at Pinewood.

Original cast members Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill, along with rising stars Lupita Nyong'o and Oscar Isaac, are currently working under the direction of J.J. Abrams on 'Star Wars: Episode VII', which is scheduled for release in December 2015.


More in this Section

Countdown presenter wins opening round of High Court Twitter fightCountdown presenter wins opening round of High Court Twitter fight

Tom Holland confirms filming has begun on UnchartedTom Holland confirms filming has begun on Uncharted

Simon Cowell buys stake in The X Factor and Britain’s Got TalentSimon Cowell buys stake in The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent

Emmerdale pays tribute to Paula Tilbrook after death at 89Emmerdale pays tribute to Paula Tilbrook after death at 89


Lifestyle

The single had risqué lyrics, but it helped turn Gina, Dale Haze & the Champions into starsB-Side the Leeside: Gina and 'You're the Greatest Lover'

The actor is back with a new series of the semi-autobiographical In The Long RunIdris Elba's personal project: ‘Wow, this really was my life’

The former Glenroe star has a new musical projectQuestion of Taste: Cork actor and musician Liam Heffernan answers our quick-fire questions

During the first few years of my daughter’s life, I made a point of reading up on age milestones and tips for certain agesMum's the word: Slamming doors and new independence - welcome to the tween years

More From The Irish Examiner