Lucasfilm: New ‘Star Wars’ Movie to be Shot in UK
A guest attends the screening of 'Star Wars: Return of the Jedi' during Entertainment Weekly CapeTown Film Festival Presented By The American Cinematheque & Sponsored By TNT's 'Falling Skies' at the Egyptian Theatre on May 4, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Entertainment Weekly)
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LONDON — The next “Star Wars” movie will be shot in a galaxy far, far away from Hollywood — Britain.
Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy says the company has reached a deal with British Treasury chief George Osborne to make “Star Wars: Episode VII” in the U.K.
She said Friday that the production company was “revisiting the origins of ‘Star Wars’” for the new movie. Parts of all six previous movies were made in Britain.
Osborne said the announcement was “great news for fans and our creative industries.”
“Star Wars” maker Lucasfilm was bought last year for $4.05 billion by The Walt Disney Co., which has announced plans for a new trilogy of films.
The first new movie, directed by sci-fi wunderkind J.J. Abrams (“Star Trek”), is due for release in 2015.