Magazine article Screen International

Star Wars 8 to Shoot at Pinewood

Magazine article Screen International

Star Wars 8 to Shoot at Pinewood

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Rian Johnson's instalment in the new Star Wars trilogy to shoot at the UK studio.

Star Wars: Episode VIII is to shoot at Pinewood Studios, retaining the blockbuster franchise in the UK, it has been revealed.

The news, revealed by Pinewood Shepperton CEO Ivan Dunleavy at a CBI Conference speech this afternoon, comes just a week after principal photography wrapped on Stars Wars: The Force Awakens at the studios near London.

"I'm delighted to be able to tell you that a new Star Wars movie is already booked in," said Dunleavy.

Joined on stage by Star Wars robot R2D2, the Pinewood CEO said: "R2D2 was built in the UK 37 years ago. Since then he's spent a lot of his life in foreign studios. But now he's back home. The seventh Star Wars movie just finished shooting - at Pinewood."

Adding a note of caution, Dunleavy said: "If we want to keep R2D2 and his friends here, then we need to see sustained government action to keep UK film a thriving and fast-growing industry, an industry to do Britain proud. …

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