Star Wars Episode 7 News

Friday, May 30, 2014

UPDATE! Rumor: More Hints for a Possible Star Wars: Episode 7 Filming in Scotland.


We've been sitting on some info about a possible filming taking place in Scotland for some time now. I think it's good time to share it together with the article published in the local newspaper The Scotsman...


(May 28, 2014)

The rumors of Scotland being chosen as one of the filming locations for Episode VII started almost a year ago. There were many reports suggesting that scenes from the movie will be shot in the Isle of Skye which "rock formations will replicate the perception of mountainous planets." 

Now Scotsman shares more bits on the topic:
TOURISM leaders have predicted another massive movie spin-off for the country if the next Stars Wars film is partly shot in Scotland.

The UK Government confirmed last week that the entire production will be based in the UK.
 The Highlands and the Isle of Skye had already been reportedly lined up as locations for the film.
Mike Cantlay, chairman of VisitScotland, said: “As one of the biggest movie franchises of all time, the prospect of the next instalment of the Star Wars saga being filmed in Scotland is a hugely exciting one.
“Star Wars is hugely popular among cinema goers of all ages and, if Scotland were to feature in their favourite characters’ latest adventure, it would be fantastic for Scottish tourism. Film fans needn’t go far, far away for an out-of-this-world holiday experience.”
Arts agency Creative Scotland, which promotes the country as a potential movie location around the world, said it had not been approached directly about the new Star Wars film.
However locations manager Brodie Pringle said: “That doesn’t necessarily mean they haven’t scouted areas of the country.

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Portree

This report really doesn't sound too convincing. But here's something we've heard a while ago that might change your mind.
I've heard from a fairly reliable source that the Star Wars production will be setting up camp at the high school in Portree on the Isle of Skye during the summer. 

This report came from someone who worked on the movie Macbeth also shot on Skye and who said he was coming back to work on Star Wars.

Now you would ask 'why would they set up a camp at a high school'?
Well it looks like the local school in Portree is already familiar with that process. 

Here's a previous report about the production of Macbeth (starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard):
The film crews are here... the high school has temporarily been turned into the costume and make-up department and men with beards are everywhere...
Portree High School

The school does look like a good place to shelter a filming production. Of course it all depends on the scale of filming taking place in Scotland. The initial reports from a few months ago suggested that the Star Wars crew will probably only film the beautiful scenery of the location. Now if they are indeed using the local school to house costume and make-up departments as they did before, then it looks like Scotland might play a bigger role in the movie.

Here's a taste of the beautiful scenery from the Isle of Skye:




As always treat this as rumor until any official word is released by Disney and/or Lucasfilm.


UPDATE!

More fuel to the Scotland filming rumor. A week ago Carrie Fisher shared 2 tweets that were posted from North Ayrshire, Scotland. It may be nothing but it's worth mentioning. (thanks to Richard777)



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    1. I was thinking the same thing. The weather's been lousy so far this year.

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  2. Black pudding for breakfast.. yummo!

    Redski

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    1. Haha wonder if the crew will catch the infamous haggis?
      I'd love to introduce them to Irn Bru =p

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  3. Love it, real locations rule !

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  4. I'd love to see a wide variety of exotic and interesting locations across the globe to complement the various sets.

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  5. Although the landscape resembles land out of LOTR I think It would be very exciting if Star Wars Episode VII actually went there. Much better than CGI scenery could ever be. I'd like to see a lightsaber duel on top of that mountain or somewhere near. If JJ's filming in the UAE, Iceland, and possibly Scotland, I think he will preserve the OT style to a point but will probably make it more exciting.( But nothing like the PT) I feel that someday the ST will rule. BUT we shall see....

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  6. They were filming in Iceland as well, right? Foreboding volcanic landscapes? I'm thinking Korriban/Moraband.

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  7. I think this could work. The scenery in that part of Scotland is stunning and unlike anywhere else in the world. To have an idea of what the scenery looks like on a well-shot movie, just watch the opening scenes of The Wicker Man (1973). This had some beautiful aerial footage.

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  8. Hope so. Scotland looks pretty cool and we haven't seen any vast open grassy mountain scenery stuff yet

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  9. It's been a while since I heard this mentioned (and yes, I know it could be pretty much anything) but Ord Mantell maybe?

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  10. That rock formation known as The Old Man of Storr was used in Prometheus a few years back !!

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  12. I have heard from four sources in the last year that have indicated that the Star Wars production will be going to Skye. This is just speculation but if they do shoot on Skye and need extras I would think it would be highly likely that the Casting Collective would provide extras as they did for the recent Macbeth and more importantly the last two Star Wars films.

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  14. I hope this is true. Scotland would be a great location.

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  15. My theory is that they will use Iceland for the wide expansive shots and Skye for close up action.

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  16. It's the Dawn of Summer in Scotland with most places recording a balmy high of 12 degrees Celsius !.........

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  17. I stay in Edinburgh City. However, I have family in Plockton. Not far from Skye at all. I think a wee trip to see family is in order =p Beautiful place and incredibly cool for a filming location. Perhaps a temple? The Solos home? I don't know! I'm happy either way :)

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