Now with the Skellig Michael shoot officially wrapped we can look back and see that actually the 3 day filming process on the Irish island revealed maybe the most real info about the movie since the start of filming 3 months ago. Of course some of the info is based on rumors, but they are rumors based on set reports which is much more credible than just web talk. Hit the jump for some more interesting bits and rumors from the Skellig shoot…
As we told you in the start of the shoot the scene shot on Skellig will feature only two actors. Later it was confirmed that Mark Hamill and Daisy Ridley were the only cast members present on the set.
Something more – the production names of the two characters have been revealed via the production tag board at Portmagee. They had the initials K and OW. Most likely, as some rumors from the Puzzlewood suggested, Daisy’s character production name is Kira. That leaves the OW initials for Luke. First the initials were quoted as DK but later another site reported that they are OW. It’s really not that far fetched Luke’s production name to be Obi-Wan for instance, isn’t it? Considering his latest look and rumors he definitely can be called the Obi-Wan of the Sequel Trilogy. The PT had Qui-Gon the OT had Obi-Wan and the ST has Luke. Of course OW could be something quite different from Obi-Wan but that’s really not important.
Let me just remind you that these are just production names and they won’t be used in the actual movie.
Now what else can be found on the “Magic Tags Board”.
The first initials under “production” are KK. So despite the rumors that the scene shot on Skellig will be only a minute long in the actual movie, the presence of Lucasfilm President and Star Wars VII Executive Producer Kathleen Kennedy suggests that the scene is really important. And if the initials KK are not enough to convince you that Kathy was there, here’s another proof (via kerryseye):
Under “camera” you can see the initials of the Director of Photography Dan Mindel. No surprises here. What’s more interesting are the initials CB and RC under Stunts.
The presence of Hamill’s and Ridley’s stunt doubles on set really speaks for itself. So obviously they were not filming some sad scenes with dialogue for the end of the movie as some speculations suggested. You probably remember that the initials CB belong to Chloe Bruce who was on set with Daisy Ridley during the Abu Dhabi shoot. She was rumored to be Ridley’s stunt double and now her presence on the island confirms it. You can see some of Chloe’s extraordinary abilities here:
And do you remember these extras reports from the Abu Dhabi shoot:
A source out in Abu Dhabi tells me that Daisy’s character is EXTREMELY gymnastic.
An extra on set of Star Wars Episode VII told me “today was very exciting, very exhausting, but really awesome. it was all about action today, explosions were awesome, and Daisy amazing like always, light on her feet, sharp face, beautiful, quick, and very polite.”
Obviously if the Skellig scene is at the end of the movie then Ridley already has some skills. It surely is not the start of the training by Luke. And I still like the idea of a possible stand off between the two although it’s very unlikely. Make no mistake. There will be good guys tempted by the Dark Side in the sequel trilogy. We just have to wait and see who they are.
So as you can see the Magic Board revealed plenty of really cool bits about this otherwise secretive shoot. It definitely told us more than what we’ve learned from the Iceland, Abu Dhabi, Puzzlewood or Pinewood shoots.
Actually I’m pretty surprised they just left that board open to the public…. Well, not anymore 🙂
Here are some final images from the shoot: