‘Star Wars Episode VII’ To Film In United Kingdom

Star Wars Episode VII is set to film in the United Kingdom.

Star Wars has faced a difficult history in recent years. It used to be that you couldn’t poke fun at Star Wars without thousands of fans pretty much offering to do mean things in your sleep. Then the abysmal Episode One hit, and we quickly discovered that CG-heavy scenes, terrible acting and boring political debate were going to be the norm. And yes, JarJar was one of George Lucas’ dumbest character ideas ever. Of course the transition to Blu Ray wasn’t the finest hour.

Previous Star Wars fans may now see something they deem worthy of the name again, as J.J. Abrams, the man who singlehandedly rebooted Star Trek, is taking over as director for Star Wars Episode VII.

Rumors continue to swirl about members of the original cast of Star Wars returning for the next film or three, but we can only hope they have minor roles, as they aren’t quite the same as their old roles any more. The last time Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher appeared on screen in the same film was Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, and neither of them look up to the challenges of the original films.

Good news for UK fans, though: Star Wars Episode VII is going to film in the United Kingdom. J.J. Abrams is taking advantage of recent tax reliefs to film where other major movies have recently been done. Inception, Skyfall, and The Woman in Black were also likewise filmed in the UK. At least the movie is filming in an actual place again, and with the financial burden lessened, the United Kingdom seems a great place to make it happen.

Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said in a statement:

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

How do you feel about Star Wars Episode VII being filmed in the United Kingdom?