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Star Wars 8 Set Photos Feature Millennium Falcon & Ahch-To

In the final scene of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, fans at long last learned the answer to the question that bugged them the most during the buildup: "Where's Luke Skywalker?" Arriving on a mysterious island in an uncharted part of the galaxy, young Rey finds the grizzled hero at the top of the "Jedi Steps," holding out Luke's old lightsaber as a way of asking him to rejoin the fray. The movie's screenplay revealed that this planet is named Ahch-To. To shoot the now famous climactic sequence, J.J. Abrams and crew went to Skellig Michael in Ireland.

Rian Johnson was able to use the location to film some scenes for the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VIII (which can be seen in the production announcement video), but Skellig Michael is hardly the easiest place in the world to access. With Star Wars 8 seemingly picking up right from where Force Awakens left off, Ahch-To could factor heavily into the plot as Rey commences training with Luke. It would appear that Johnson does indeed have big plans for the planet, since the island has been recreated at Pinewood Studios in London.

The Daily Mail had a batch of set photos that show a substantial replication of Skellig Michael. The scope and effort on display is quite astonishing, and a clear indication that Johnson intends to carry over the practical filmmaking techniques Abrams incorporated in Episode VII. A full scale Millennium Falcon model is also included in some of the pictures, suggesting that Chewbacca and R2-D2 (who accompanied Rey to Ahch-To) are still with her while she's with Luke. Star Wars Direct shared some of the images on Twitter:

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Star Wars 8 Set Photos Feature Millennium Falcon & Ahch-To