First 'Star Wars' Spinoff to Film in London in 2015

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Star Wars movies have traditionally been filmed on studio sets in the United Kingdom, though in recent years London has become an increasingly popular shooting location for blockbusters in general (ranging from Thor: The Dark World to 47 Ronin); meaning, certain tentpoles in the making have been unable to book a stay at such places as Pinewood Studios, where the bulk of principal photography on Star Wars: Episode VII shall take place over the next several months. (Marvel Studios' Ant-Man is going to be shooting outside the UK, for that reason.)

It has been confirmed, however, that at least one of the forthcoming Star Wars spinoff movies will be shooting at Pinewood Studios, once Episode VII has wrapped up production. For those just tuning in, Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm are developing at least three Star Wars films that are not part of the central saga, and will be released in between the years of forthcoming "Episodes", so that moviegoers can make the trip to a galaxy far, far away on an annual basis (if they so choose to).

The first of the aforementioned spinoffs has set Gareth Edwards (Godzilla (2014)) as director, with screenwriter Gary Whitta (Book of Eli) onboard to pen the script. George Osborne - England's Chancellor of the Exchequer & MP for Tatton - first made reference to the news that Edwards' Star Wars movie will shoot at Pinewood Studios, via a Tweet that he posted while visiting the set of Episode VII. He later confirmed to the press that he was referring to Edwards' project, clarifying that it will begin shooting in 2015 and that (via THR) "Lucasfilm and Disney's decision to shoot the Star Wars stand-alone movie in the U.K. is testament to the incredible talent in Britain."

In related news: here's a pic Tweeted by Osborn, showing himself on-set with Episode VII director J.J. Abrams and producer Kathleen Kennedy (the president of Lucasfilm), along with a familiar astromech droid and what appears to be a spaceship set being constructed in the background.

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