Posted by: Jamie Hickey
Yesterday we Reported that the production team for Star Wars Episode VIII will be coming back to Ireland! The detail is all over here in case you missed it! It was a great scoop by the folks at Kerry's Eye!
Today we got a little more information!
It is true that a 'Skellig' set will be built in Pinewood, in fact, it would seem that it is pretty much already built. So far that we definitely know that the world famous Clochán or more commonly known as the 'Beehive Huts' are being reconstructed.
Coming from a film production background, my suggestion is that these replicas are being built in order to facilitate internal shots - maybe a hut reminiscent of Yoda's on Dagobah?. The restrictions in place to shoot on Skellig also make it a much more practical decision to rebuild the huts, and cheat the location elsewhere (read on, we get to that bit). Then the obvious reason is so they don't disturb the historical importance of the original Clochán.
The Clochán (or Beehive Huts) seen in Star Wars: The Force Awakens are being reconstructed in Pinewood studios.
Location, Location, Location!
We also got a tip as to where the 'Cheat' location for Skellig Michael will be! Our sources have told us that 'Ceann Sibeal' (Irish for Sibil Head) in West Kerry will provide the back drop for Ahch-To (the planet we find Luke Skywalker). Production crew are expected to roll into town as early as April 2016!
Ceann Sibeal is on the Dingle Peninsula in West Kerry
More as we get it!
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You must unlearn what you have learned....
Last week, a report was published stating that Skellig Island was too much of a hassle to film on, and as a result would not be used for Episode VIII (and IX if required). It was also reported that the whole scene would be rebuilt in Pinewood Studios outside of London, where majority of the film will be shot.
As Han Solo says in the Force awakens,
“Its True, All of it.”…. Kinda.
Skellig Micheal is a tough place to shoot a movie, firstly because it is a dangerous, remote island 11.6 km (7 miles for you members of the Imperial army) off the coast of Kerry. Aside from geographic complications, there are historical and wildlife conservation efforts on the island. As a result, there are daily limits on footfall, boating trips, helicopter trips, pretty much anything that may put added stress on the island, and unfortunately, things required for Hollywood Blockbusters!
Star Wars Producer Kathleen Kennedy spoke to Expose Last week saying
"We'll continue to use Skellig. Skellig is absolutely beautiful and you know the extraordinary thing which just shows you the force was working in Ireland is that it was sunny and beautiful both times we shot there,"
They will 'Use Skellig', but may not shoot on Skellig, instead it looks as if the Dingle Peninsula is going to be used as a ‘Cheat’ location for the eighth instalment in the Star Wars saga.
The Dingle Peninsula will be used as a 'Cheat Location' for Skellig Michael in Star Wars Episode VIII
As you can see from the two images above, The Dingle peninsula and Skellig Michael share similar geographical features, and it has always been a Star Wars preference to – when possible, shoot in a physical location – (lets forget the Green Screen Prequels).
So, with that now hopefully settled, the people of Dingle can look forward to welcoming our favourite characters from a ‘Galaxy far far away’ as early as April 2016 cast members likely to be papped are Mark Hamill & Daisy Ridley at least.
Star Wars Episode VIII, written and directed by Rian Johnston, is the second in the sequel trilogy and is slated for release on May 26th 2017.
Red Leader needs our help.
7 Years Ago, Dirk dressed his 1 year old, Thomas, up as Yoda, for his first Halloween. Now they have the opportunity to experience a new Star Wars film together. One problem, Dirk is terminally ill and is in hospice care.
They had tickets booked for the pre premiere in Belgium, on December 16th, but has just found out, Dirk does not have that much time left.
Im calling on the entire international Star Wars Family. Dirk, our brother in the force needs our help.
Please help Dirk's wife Leen to make the case to Disney, Bad Robot and Lucasfilm to allow Dirk and Thomas share their first, & last father/son Star Wars Experience.
Please sign this petition and lets try to make this happen.
Dirk. May the force be with you.
For weeks I have been annoying retailers to see what their plans for Force Friday were! Well, Force Friday’ is now only one week away, and guess who has all the details!
The global launch of merchandise inspired by the highly anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens film will officially hit shelves at Disney Stores and other retailers on Friday, Sept. 4 at 12:01 a.m.
THERE ARE IRISH LAUNCH EVENTS PLANNED!
By attending a launch party on Friday September 4th, you will be first to see all the new toys collectibles gadgets apparel and more! A select number of Irish retailers will be opening their doors for a special 12:01am event to unveil the new range!
List of retailers with Force Friday events:
Supposedly SEVEN Smyths stores will open across Ireland (4 Confirmed below)
Dublin, Limerick, Cork, Galway
Even Better! The first 50 fans in line at smythswill receive a free poster and other activities
The Finer Details
The flagship event for Ireland will be held at Disney Store on Grafton Street, where fans- Hopefully - in fancy dress can start lining up from 20:30, There will be plenty of fun and games to entertain fans including exclusive giveaways leading up to the midnight launch. At 12:01 a.m., the Disney Store will open its doors for fans to experience the brand new line-up of Star Wars: The Force Awakens merchandise – with an exclusive theme pin and EVEN MORE in store giveaways, as well as an in-store competition and product demos.
YouTube Live Stream
Disney have also announced that a very special preview show will be broadcast on the official Star Wars YouTube channel where viewers will get exclusive sneak peek at the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens product line! The broadcast will go live on September 2nd beginning at 9:45pm (GMT) and will broadcast for over 18 hours, taking in 15 cities and 12 countries with the UK and Ireland penned for a live slot at 10:30am on September 3rd.
The entire range of new products will be available online at www.disneystore.ie, starting 12:01 a.m. on 4th September.
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