UPDATE: Check out this exclusive footage of Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley and the rest of the Star Wars cast arriving into Cork Airport today from where they will head to Brow Head in West Cork to continue filming on the latest installment of the hit franchise.
The Star Wars’ Boeing 767-300 aircraft, with some 260 people on board, landed at around 2.30pm.
Mark Hamill, who plays Luke Skywalker, Daisy Ridley, who plays Rey, and Adam Driver, who plays Kylo Ren, will shoot key scenes, understood to include Rey undergoing Jedi training, in and around Brow Head in West Cork until Wednesday.
The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) had enforced a no-fly zone in the area, in a bid to block drones from operating.
Video by Dan Linehan and report by Eoin English
The production is then expected to move to the Ceann Sibeal headland in Kerry, where Jedi temple sets have been built. The IAA is enforcing a 21-day no-fly zone in the Dingle peninsula, banning the operation of craft within an 8km radius of Sybil Head and Dunmore Head.
Scenes from the last movie, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, were shot on Skellig Michael off the Kerry coast.
EARLIER: The makers of Star Wars had to draft in a convoy of water trucks today due to a lack of rain in sunny Malin Head earlier this week.
Up to 20 tankers filled with hundreds of gallons of water made their way to Ireland’s most northerly point to create rain for the blockbuster.
It’s not often Ireland is accused of being too dry and sunny, but action on the multimillion-dollar production temporarily stalled over the weekend while the crew awaited the arrival of the water lorries to help create some atmospheric scenes.
The North-west has been basking in double-digit temperatures and cloudless, azure-blue skies.
But it seems the Star Wars film-makers were banking on the Emerald Isle’s reputation for being wet. The unexpected turn of events has caused giggles in the area.
“Movie makers, take note. This is sunny Malin Head, Ireland’s premier film location — rain only if you can make it!” local businessman Ali Farren joked on Facebook.
The Hollywood stars have since been settling into their new film location with Hamill even taking time out to interact with local people on Twitter.
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