After rumors about returning characters (and the actors that played them) as well as possible storylines, the latest news from the “Star Wars” camp on the upcoming franchise relaunch is relatively anticlimactic. On May 10, Lucasfilms president Kathleen Kennedy confirmed that, as with the previous six installments of the beloved sci-fi saga, this latest episode (written by Toy Story 3’s Michael Arndt and helmed by “Star Trek” savior J.J. Abrams) will also be filmed in the United Kingdom.
“Speaking from my own longstanding connection to (the country) with films like ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark,’ ‘Empire of the Sun,’ and recently ‘War Horse,’ it’s very exciting to be heading back,” the exec added. After meeting earlier this year with George Osbourne, Chancellor of the Exchequer, a deal was struck to return “Wars” to where it all began. Indeed, historic soundstages at, Elstree, Shepperton, Leavesden, Ealing, and Pinewood Studios have all been home to Luke, Leah, Han, and Vader.
Fans also found ‘new hope’ in Kennedy’s comments about revisiting and studying the series’ “origins,” as part of the inspiration for the new film. Hopefully she doesn’t mean the prequels.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter and The Guardian