Tuesday 25 October 2016

Stormy seas hold up Skellig return for Star Wars crew

Skellig Michael will be used in the latest Star Wars film
Skellig Michael will be used in the latest Star Wars film

FILMING of Star Wars Episode VIII will resume today, after adverse weather led to the cancellation of boats going to Skellig Michael yesterday.

A crew of 100 - including actor Mark Hamill, who plays Luke Skywalker - is expected to leave the pier at Portmagee from 7am for the first day of filming.

Some cast members are staying at the Butler Arms Hotel in Waterville, including Hamill, whose son Nathan was spotted checking in yesterday afternoon.


Mr Hamill travelled with his three children last year during filming of Star Wars Episode VII.

Other crew members are staying in the newly-refurbished Sea Lodge Hotel in Waterville, while others will stay in the Ocean View holiday village in Portmagee, which has been booked out for the duration of filming with security men on duty around the clock.

Crew members and those working on site in connection with filming declined to talk to the Herald, saying they would lose their jobs if they breached confidentiality contracts.

A limited number of helicopter flights, understood to be four a day, will be allowed operate to and from the Unesco World Heritage Site during filming of the sci-fi blockbuster.

Star Wars Episode VII is due to hit cinemas in December.

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