Prep your lightsaber as the new Star Wars film will be shot in Scotland

Mel Evans

Prep your lightsaber as the new Star Wars film will be shot in Scotland
Rian Johnson will be directing the latest film, set to begin production mid-year (Picture: Getty)

The latest instalment in the Star Wars saga may be shrouded in secrecy – as they often are – but a few details have emerged of the new flick that is sure to engage your lightsaber…

Episode I is going to be filmed in Scotland it’s now emerged, as the first offering in the new saga of films begins production under the helm of director Rian Johnson.

Scottish newspaper Daily Record has reported Argyll and the north Highlands are to set the scene for the flick, which will begin shooting in June.

One insider told the publication: ‘As is now customary with any ‘Star Wars’ production, the movie is shrouded in secrecy but they want to shoot scenes around the Rest and Be Thankful. Further filming has been pencilled in for elsewhere in the country.’

The Rest and Be Thankful is a historic pass between Loch Long and Loch Awe that rises into that sweet, clean Scottish air to 860ft – and, with its sweeping, green vistas, may give us a little clue as to the vibe of the whole project.

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There’s little else known about the new film (sorry guys), apart from its working title of Episode I, but we do know it will be directed by Rian, who fronted the massively successful eighth instalment The Last Jedi, and will be co-written alongside creator George Lucas.

Even though the latest film divided die-hard fans of the sci-fi franchise, The Last Jedi is still set to top the list of the highest grossing films of 2017, bringing in over $1billion at the box office over the New Year period.

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