Jimmy Deenihan, a Kerry TD and former minister for arts, who was involved in bringing The Force Awakens to Skellig Michael last year, showed his support for the scheduled filming next month, which has been criticized by heritage group An Taisce. During an interview with the IrishTimes, Mr Deenihan intentionally or not let a slip that the upcoming shoot will be about Star Wars: Episode VIII.
He [Deenihan] strongly defended the decision to allow Disney Lucasfilm on to the rock to film last year. He said that the return of the film crew next month will further enhance its appeal as a must-see visitor attraction for tourists coming to Ireland.
“I think that this will expose Skellig Rock to the world and I think it will bring thousands of tourists over time to Skellig Rock, weather permitting,” Mr Deenihan said. “Both Star War films are going to show what a gem Skellig Rock is to the world.
“It’s a Unesco World Heritage Site, though obviously not everybody knows that,” he said of Skellig Michael. “But its inclusion in two Star Wars films is going to expose it to an audience of billions of people around the world, and personally I think that is a good thing.”
Of course this is not surprising at all, but it’s always good to have an official confirmation. Still, this doesn’t mean that they can’t shoot a brief pick-up for The Force Awakens as well, but obviously Episode VIII will be the main focus here. For more on the upcoming shoot, click HERE.
Enjoy the beauty of Skellig!