George Osborne announces Star Wars Episode VIII set to be shot in the UK at Pinewood Studios

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British Chancellor George Osborne has announced that Star Wars Episode VIII will be shot in the UK. The timing of the news is spot on as it arrives on May the 4th which is officially celebrated as Star Wars Day around the world.

The movie is set to be shot at the iconic Pinewood Studios just outside of London. Currently, filming is set to commence on the so-far untitled movie in the summer of 2016 under director Rian Johnson of Looper fame and the finished product is expected to hit screens some time in 2017.

Osborne tweeted the good news earlier today saying "George Osborne announces Star Wars Episode VIII set to be shot in the UK at Pinewood Studios". He followed that up with a tweet detailing the injection of capital that the film will bring saying "Episode VIII to be #MadeinBritain, bringing 100m investment and 3,000 jobs here. #MayThe4thBeWithYou".

President of Lucasfilm Kathleen Kennedy has said "We are looking forward to continuing the new generation of Star Wars movies in the UK. It goes back to 1976, and to know that we are now coming back and we will be making the movies once again based out of Pinewood."

There is a real buzz around the Star Wars universe at the moment with anticipation building ahead of the release of Episode VII. Trailers are doing their job of teasing fans ahead of the December 18th release date by JJ Abrams and it will be the first film in the series to be released since Episode III back in 2005.

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