Kerry Official Confirms the Upcoming Skellig Michael Shoot is for Star Wars: Episode VIII!

Skellig 01Jimmy 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.



From IrishTimes:

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!



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126 thoughts on “Kerry Official Confirms the Upcoming Skellig Michael Shoot is for Star Wars: Episode VIII!

  • August 31, 2015 at 11:28 am

    It looks kinda obvious that “the other film” is episode VIII, but what if it’s Rogue One?

    • August 31, 2015 at 11:39 am

      I just don’t see this happening. Rogue One takes place more than 35 years before The Force Awakens. Why would they connect those two?

      • August 31, 2015 at 11:44 am

        Yeah that’s right, plus the place seems to have a strong relationship with the force, which is what Rogue One avoids.

        I know! it’s almost impossible, but let’s say no-one has said “episode VIII”, and the film that is currently on production is Rogue One. I wouldn’t say “confirmed” though.

        • August 31, 2015 at 1:57 pm

          Mortis people, Mortis…

      • August 31, 2015 at 11:46 am

        I could see how it could happen. If we assmue that this place is like the Yavin temple from the EU…

        And there is a corran horn like character in Rogue one.

        • August 31, 2015 at 1:41 pm

          And ass mu e!!! Mooie Mooie, isa bigga bong’o needed for Big Bossa Ass!

  • August 31, 2015 at 11:38 am

    The heritage Group needs to STFU. This is star wars, this is also about heritage. =)

    • August 31, 2015 at 6:57 pm


    • September 1, 2015 at 4:55 am

      I mean, let’s get real. If those 8th century monks were here today, they would totally be down with Luke Skywalker.

    • September 1, 2015 at 11:04 am

      I agree. Too much sensitivity these days, to the point of losing focus on common sense.

      Does the Heritage Group really think Disney would even leave a single water bottle there. Disney can afford to be careful and can’t afford a bad image. I bet tourists do more damage. This will also allow Billions to see the beauty of the island.

      Some people just love to find any reason to b***h about something I guess.

  • August 31, 2015 at 11:57 am

    I visited there this year in April with my wife. It’s incredibly beautiful! When you visit, go to Portmagee to get a cheap boat to the islands.

  • August 31, 2015 at 11:57 am

    hmm interesting this is

  • August 31, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    What a wonderful looking film location. Hope we get a glimpse of this in the official TFA trailer.

  • August 31, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    Skellig looks like it`s the Dagobah of the these 3 films (it`s obviously Ep.8 filming as it`s Luke`s new abode)…plus they had to film now as it`s shut off in the winter.

  • August 31, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    Film carefully and respectfully like a jedi film crew.

  • August 31, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    From what I have seen so far, I believe we are just getting a reboot of the original trilogy… Disney says its a continuation from them, but it really is a repeat story to appeal for the young generation…… as we see here…..
    Daisy will be the new Padme/Leia, but with karate….
    Boyega will be the new Luke Skywalker …
    Oscar Issac will be the new Han Solo…
    Gwendoline aka Captain Phasma will be the female Jango/Bobba Fett…
    Lupita aka Maz Kanata will be the female Yoda…
    Domnell aka General Hux will be the young Moff Tarkin…
    Adam Driver aka Kylo Ren will be the new Darth Vader/Maul…
    Andy Serkis aka Snoke will be the new Darth Sidious…
    The Knights of Ren will be copycats of Sith Lords from the EU and Old Republic, as you can see with Kylo Ren looking just like Darth Revan…. so whos gonna look like Darth Malgus, Darth Nihilius, etc,,etc,, you get the point….
    The First Order is the Empire… same look, same ships, same stormtroopers, its all the same no matter what name you change them….
    The Empire Base is called Starkiller, the same name Vader apprentice was in the EU….
    And add popular characters Luke, Han and Leia which it seems 2 of them wont play much of a role in the movie, and most likely wont be in same scene as movie fans want…. instead we get Han death, and Luke in one scene at the end…..
    Sorry folks, but I think this movie will not be fun much for the original trilogy fans, and most prequel fans of the generation might not even care enough to care about it…lol … which means that the teenagers and 20s ages will be the fan base as Disney has said they want to appeal to the young ones….I hope im wrong, but from what I have seen so far, this is what we getting….. from JJ point of veiw im not surprised with his likes of repeating stroies ( Star trek 2 anyone ? ), but from Kasdan, kinda dissapointed with it.. But I hope im wrong….. we shall see…

    • August 31, 2015 at 12:36 pm

      Just as Star wars was always just a rehash of many classical story elements – the wizard/teacher, the sought for princess, the forces of evil and darkness, and the heroes journey to personal enlightenment.
      Maybe just relax and enjoy the movie mate 😉

      • August 31, 2015 at 2:00 pm

        Rehash most certainly, blatant blaxploitation I really didn’t expect…

        • August 31, 2015 at 2:43 pm

          Well , Everyone understands this new trilogy is not exploring new world, rather reaffirming the original appeal of SW franchise. If you want bland new SW, wait another ten years. It seems Disney concentrate on cashing in for the time being.

          • August 31, 2015 at 3:44 pm

            Exploring new worlds ? LOL. Looks like Jakku is the new Tatooine, the First Order Base is on the new Hoth, The Catapult weapon is a replica of the Death Star but the gun is on the planet. Looks more like exploring used things to me.

          • August 31, 2015 at 4:49 pm

            WRONG its a replica of HOTH…

            Catapult weapon is the Ion cannon! Both planets are snow… Hello!

          • August 31, 2015 at 8:15 pm

            I agree with this OP that Disney’s Star Wars is practically a reboot of the original trilogy. And that is my main complaint!

            People say that the Prequel Trilogy was made of shitty movies but in my point of view it is THE CONTENT that matters! The prequels could be bad movies but their content is awesome in my opinion! I mean, we had lots of cool stuffs and characters like pod racers, Naboo (and its tech), Clone Army, Yoda fighting, Count Dooku (best SW char ever), Maul, Palps fighting, Tatooine extended, Utapau, Kashyyyk, Coruscant and its Senate, the Jedi Academy and Temple, Mustafar, Grievous, Windu…

            I am wondering if this Disney’s Star Wars will offer a cooler content then the prequels’. Cuz in my point of view a bad movie is not the problem: a book can substitute it. But you cannot substitute a bad content. Or yes, you can, and that’s what I am doing: MY OWN CANON is the EU and not this Disney bullshit!

          • August 31, 2015 at 8:20 pm

            Absolutely agreed. Why people overlook the merit of prequel ?

          • August 31, 2015 at 8:40 pm

            I wonder how far over the text can squeeze on this side >>>>>>

            And how much will the dark gaping void will engulf that side

          • September 1, 2015 at 4:04 am

            What? You can’t actually believe Count Dooku was the best SW character ever? He was sooo horribly boring! Attack of the Clones is the worst SW movie specifically because of how undynamic and uninteresting Dooku was. It is probably Christopher Lee’s lamest performance. Even Jar Jar is better than Dooku.

    • August 31, 2015 at 1:18 pm

      Analogies are perfectly natural, but a reboot is a completely different pair of shoes. Yes, nostalgia will be a major aspect of the atmosphere in The Force Awakens, but this doesn’t mean that the caharacters will necessarily have to mirror their Original Trilogy equivalents. You lack a proper amount of information to support your argument. I do hope you are wrong, but, at the end of the day, I wouldn’t worry too much about Episode VII being a banal copycat.

      • September 2, 2015 at 2:05 am

        He’s absolutely right …han will die and I’m scared of the same thing..we might not see Luke leia and han in the same frame…I mean a sw film without some banter between han and Luke would be a huge letdown….we’ve waited 30 plus years to see them again ..if they don’t share screen time I’ll be extremely disappointed…. Now it’s not a reboot …we don’t know boyega is the Luke ..I think the twist will be daisy is the Jedi not boyega or maybe both.. Remember in trailer Lukesays force is strong in his family yada yada yada and you have it…now unless Luke banged landos sister no way its boyega…lmao….

    • August 31, 2015 at 1:59 pm

      So presumably you won’t be going to see this movie?

      “Move along”.

    • August 31, 2015 at 2:06 pm

      Personally I believe Rey is the new Luke Skywalker character.

      Pedantry aside. Star Wars is ultimately about the conflict between good and evil. The OT main characters were basically:

      The central hero – Luke
      The reluctant hero – Han
      The damsel in distress – Leia
      The mentor – Obi Wan, Yoda
      Side kicks – Chewie, R2, C3PO, etc

      The central villain – Darth Vadar
      The central villain’s master – Tarkin, The Emperor
      Peripheral villains – Jabba, Boba Fett

      No matter who you casted, or what new characters were created for episode VII, you would still end up with a rough assemble of the above characters. It’s the constraints of the genre.

      • August 31, 2015 at 4:16 pm

        Ever play the shell game? I bet JJ has!

      • August 31, 2015 at 4:35 pm

        I agree.

        From what I see this looks like the new order.

        The central hero – Rey
        The reluctant hero – Finn
        The damsel in distress – Poe

        • August 31, 2015 at 8:23 pm

          Agreed, and I would add:

          Rey -> rebooted Luke
          Finn -> rebooted Han
          Poe -> rebooted Leia
          Resistance -> rebooted Rebels
          First Order -> rebooted Empire
          Kylo -> rebooted Vader
          Plagueis -> rebooted Palpa (in this Disney context)
          Jakoo -> rebooted Tattuine

          Everything is being rebooted. I’ll watch all movies but I will stick to the Expanded Universe as the official canon.

      • September 1, 2015 at 3:22 am

        The only reason you think Rey will be the next Luke is because you are a girl, and like all girls, you think you’re better than guys. You think you should have the same rights. Nope. What a girl. Like if you agree: girls have more than enough rights, but now they’re complaining for more.

        • September 1, 2015 at 5:42 am

          Yea… girls are so yucky.

        • September 1, 2015 at 12:53 pm

          Ah ha ha haa, you are scared of a girl! What a poofter!

    • August 31, 2015 at 5:33 pm

      Yeah is was really kissed at Star Trek into darkness

    • August 31, 2015 at 5:56 pm

      I think cycles are a theme in Star Wars. Aside from most movies of this kind utilising the same archetypes… For example, Anakin and Luke followed similar paths (they both made fucking stupid decisions, and both ended up maimed to a certain degree). In RotS, the audience witnesses Anakin falling into Palp’s trap, whilst in RotJ, Luke overcomes the same seduction. Similar story arcs with outcomes based on character decisions shape the overall story. It really adds to the mythos. Considering Finn is theorized to be a part of the First Order at the start of the next movie, you can see why his previous ideologies might clash with his new Jedi initiative. Finn’s decisions might mirror Luke’s and Anakin’s in the previous movies. It is up to the new characters to follow a familiar story arc and make fresh decisions to shape the following movies. That’s my take anyway. I grew up watching the OT and saw the PT in cinemas (PM came out when I was 5), and evertime Luke and Anakin’s decisions mirrored or differed, I would pick up on it. It’s part of the mythos 🙂 I’m excited to see where Finn’s loyalties will differ to the Resistance’s. That’s my take anyway… I’m excited for this…

      • August 31, 2015 at 7:31 pm

        In other words, we are repeating the same story arc as we have seen before…..

        • September 1, 2015 at 4:33 pm

          In other words; star wars draws heavily on Joseph Cambell’s work on the monomyth, perhaps better known as the hero’s journey. It’s a story outline that pretty much describes all fictional works– with the exception of artsy experimental works. When it comes down to it; all stories are variations of the same story.

          • September 1, 2015 at 5:10 pm

            Yeah but names are useless… No human has ever “invented” anything. It is all there in nature. If you identify with “God” then you accept design and purpose.

    • August 31, 2015 at 6:59 pm

      There will be similar archetypes of characters. But the premise, the actual story, will be completely new. This new trilogy will have the concept of an awakening, something that was not in the previous trilogies and which will probably blow our minds.

    • August 31, 2015 at 7:45 pm

      It’s like poetry.. It something something..
      But seriously, you went full retard

    • August 31, 2015 at 8:48 pm

      If logic plays out:
      Then Oscar Isaac is the new `Han solo` of the sequel trilogy. So maybe he will also be playing the new `Indiana Jones` in the new Indiana Jones movies.

      Because who ever plays the `Han solo` in a star wars trilogy also has to play Indian Jones. That`s the un-written rules. Harrison ford played `Han solo` so Harrison ford also had to play Indiana Jones. Oscar Isaac is the new `Han solo` so Oscar Isaac is the new indiana jones. If you get me.

      • August 31, 2015 at 9:56 pm

        It’s like poetry.

    • August 31, 2015 at 9:01 pm

      BORING and so uniformed and backwards.

    • August 31, 2015 at 10:06 pm

      Let’s not credit the EU with the name Starkiller. It was a name in early drafts of SW long before that ridiculous video game.

      • August 31, 2015 at 10:48 pm

        Good point… However, the EU lasted for how long ?…. 1990 – 2012…. you can see why so many are hooked in it….. It has its own generation like Prequels and Originals, speaking of….lol

    • September 1, 2015 at 6:34 am

      You are certainly entitled to your opinion but I guarantee that 99.999% of Star Wars fans disagree with you, including me. The main Star Wars Saga is going to be familiar and cohesive until it ends; probably at Episode 9. If you want different story lines and completely different worlds and characters, you will have to wait for the Anthology films.

      But I know you will watch Episodes 7, 8 and 9. I think we will all be pleasantly surprised at how new the story is while keeping the types of Main Saga characters similar.

    • September 1, 2015 at 8:08 am

      You are generalizing and I have doubts you can enjoy anything. If you over analyze and extrapolate any given artistic work or concept you can dematerialize its cognative essence with generic assimilation.
      Even the original star wars can be negatively critizied to the point of a cheesy movie of the week that was over thought and endlessly edited and tweeked for the cinema. Or you can sit back and enjoy its natural being without comparing it to the negative attributes that stigmatized the films via ignorant internet rumblings.

      • September 1, 2015 at 4:05 pm

        Though I agree with what you said, your comment reads like one of my old college essays, trying so hard to sound impressive using as many ten-dollar words as I could. Kinda like Kevin Smith’s early movies.

  • August 31, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    They’re obviously doing re-shoots, pick ups or perhaps even new scenes for The Force Awakens. There’s no question about it. Anyone questioning this just simply requires unreasonable amounts of specificity to believe anything at all.

  • August 31, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    this makes me really excited I’m really hoping this is were the New Jedi Order is and it has a shire fell to it. meaning there is very little if no technology other than star ships that would land there. I personally cannot wait to see Luke stepping out of on stone structures is going to be amazing.

    • August 31, 2015 at 2:21 pm

      it would be cool but the post in the irish times appears to make it seem as though the island will not be in the final film, so its unlikely that this is the new headquarters for the new jedi order

      • August 31, 2015 at 5:08 pm

        Good point. Do you think there will be a larg amount of jedi or just Luke and a few orheres

      • August 31, 2015 at 7:22 pm

        What post? From what I got from this article here is that it will be in VII & VIII. IX wasn’t mention simply because it has not begun production yet.

  • August 31, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    Skellig looks insanely beautiful.
    thanks to the location scouts for this one!!
    Cannot wait to see it in TFA!!

  • August 31, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    What happens if someone climbs right to the top. And they really really desperately need to take a dump ? the type where you have to cross your legs or jump up and down a little to try relieve some of the desperation.

  • August 31, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    What i want to know is why Disney is taking things out of the EU, when they said it was not cannon ?. Basically they are just cherry picking things from the EU and calling it their own. Kylo Ren is Darth Revan no matter what anyone says. So i guess we will see Admiral Thrawn in this, but with a different name. I wonder if we will see Mara Jade at some point too. But Disney shouldn’t be calling it their own if they just gonna copy off some of the EU things.

    • August 31, 2015 at 4:02 pm

      Ummmmm… no Kylo ren is nothing like Revan.

      they own the EU, they have a right to cherry pick all the good parts if they want too. And I for one am happy they are.

      I dont see how they are “Calling it their own”, or how themd oing that would be wrong… also lots of stufff has been canonized, and that is the decision of the story-group…

      do you think some amorphous entity called disney is writing all the new works? there have been a loooooooooooot of writersallof, them chosing incorporate EU stuff… allfor their ownre asons, and with approval of the storygroup.

      • August 31, 2015 at 7:37 pm

        Wrong buddy…. Kylo Ren is a copy of Darth Revan. Have you even seen what he looks like ?. It’s the same, with just a few alterations to it. And his name is Nero Lyk spelled backwards. You know ? The evil Roman Emperor Nero ?…. lol… How original… I bet the next member of the Knights of Ren will look like another sith lord from the EU or Old Republic, or even a video game….

      • August 31, 2015 at 8:31 pm

        Who does this storygroup thinks it is to mess with MY Star Wars?

        It is I who consider what is canon or not, and I consider Jakku as Legend and Thrawn as canon!

        • August 31, 2015 at 8:58 pm

          This is a joke right? ITs a group of highly trusted long-time star wars fans that have been put in charge of this by george lucas and disney.

          • August 31, 2015 at 10:05 pm

            This is a joke right?

    • August 31, 2015 at 6:50 pm

      Lucasfilm specifically said when they made the EU not canon that it was for sanity’s sake but that they would be cherry-picking fan favorite characters and ideas and retooling them so they could still be in the Star Wars universe. We will see revamped Revan, thrawn, Mara, etc. return slowly to canon but possibly under different names to remind us not to expect every detail about them from the EU to still be true. What’s happening is exactly what we were told would happen

      • August 31, 2015 at 7:02 pm

        And as they have said, they had to decanonize the works as a whole because they felt it would be unfair to favor certain writers over others.

        • August 31, 2015 at 7:39 pm

          Well if they gonna cheery pick from the EU, then they need to make them like the EU. Thats waht fans would want instead of copy cat crap…

          • September 3, 2015 at 2:28 am

            What would you know about what fans want?

        • August 31, 2015 at 8:37 pm

          No shit! They decanonize EU cuz they want to create more characters for the movies so they can sell more merchandising about it! Who would buy nowadays a Mara Jade or Revan doll based on an old book?

          And that is too unfair to the true SW heritage cuz this new sequel may be considered good movies ONLY BY having Luke/Leia/Han, and not by its OWN CONTENT!

          I TOTALLY DOUBT that one single movie of this new trilogy will be better then, say, Shadows of the Empire. DOUBT IT!

  • August 31, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    is the planet of our next Jedi Training? =D

  • August 31, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    From MSW

    “For Star Wars: Episode VII about 60 people were involved in the shoot but the location is bracing for a larger return for Star Wars: Episode VIII. For the The Force Awakens it was about getting a perfect shot, right weather, and setting the tone for the ending of the film. It appears as if they are actually going to film scenes there for VIII and the time frame we keep hearing is longer than it was for VII.”

  • August 31, 2015 at 5:49 pm

    The death of Luke, right at the beginning of Episode VIII…

    • August 31, 2015 at 6:36 pm

      People would walk out the cinema shortly after the scene. In protest, if that happened. I think you can get a refund in some cinemas if you leave before a certain duration, well where I am anyway.

    • August 31, 2015 at 6:52 pm

      I am fine with Luke only getting one scene in episode 7, but to push him out of episode 7 and kill him at the very beginning of 8?! That would be unforgivable.

      • August 31, 2015 at 10:54 pm

        Only getting one scene in the movie ? Are you really serious ?… I want to see all 3 in this for many scenes… JJ even said that he wanted to focus on the originals for a good sending off…. Now we all know that Han will most likely die, we get that… We are prepared, but Luke in one scene ? BULLCRAP !!!! at least let him do something like old Obi-Wan did in episode 4.. GEEZE….. Give our legend at least a portion of the plot…..

  • August 31, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    Wooohoooooooooooo! Just as I’d hoped… 8 will start filming very soon, which I think bodes well for it’s production… they are going to have a lot of time between the end of filming to release in order to polish the film up 😉

  • August 31, 2015 at 7:45 pm

    Wow! What a beautiful and magical place! Thx for the video.

  • August 31, 2015 at 8:21 pm

    if anyone has been paying attention…Rey is going to end up being Luke’s kid. (which is unfortunate as I liked Ben in the EU). kylo is Han and Lea’s kid and the surprise will be that he does have a twin that Luke trained long ago and will show up in episode 8. I am hoping that they will use Jaina as she is in the EU. Rey will have an arc, but Jaina and Kylo will have a similar showdown in 8 as portrayed in the EU.

    • August 31, 2015 at 8:31 pm

      Sounds nice

  • August 31, 2015 at 9:30 pm

    I say this Fans of the Crazy Universe….. To make sure that the Prequels, the Originals, and this one stay all as one saga together, and not seperate one from another, we should just fix the Gosh Dam Jedi Prophecy so we can all go home and relax….. The Jedi reads..

    “ In a time of greatest despair ,
    a child will be born ,
    who will destroy the sith,
    and bring balance to the force “

    Now what does Greatest Depair mean ? It means a time of no hope and all is lost…Destroy the sith means they all gone forever and ever unless we gonna do some star trekkie time travel yak… Bring balance to the force means that the Force itself is in balance forever… Not for 2 weeks, or 2 years, or2000 freakin decades…. it means balance for good…… Now what do we know…. Anakin was not born in a time of greatest despair cause the dang Empire hadnt even been created yet, Palpatine wasnt even the leader yet…. The Jedi Council wasnt evil or corrupt or in control, they left it up to the Senate to decide matters, Jedi only helped when needed…… Also we know the child will be conceived by the famous Midiclorians, and not by both that, and a Dark Lord of the Sith named Darth Plaguies the Wise..
    As for Luke, he wasnt born in a time of greatest despair either cause the Death Star wasnt even finished…. The Empire hadnt even ruled the Galaxy ,or even close….. How many Star Systems are in Star Wars ? LOL ….. And Tatooine is always Tatooine no matter what…. And isnt it a bad headache and idea to have Anakin aka baby killer before I become Vader be a child of light ?… Luke is more close to that even though he had anger and battled through it…… But arnt we supposed to see a child of light pure and not evil, no matter what kind of bad mood you in ?… Yes I know George Lucas himself is possesed by spirits confusing him on issues, but ..really ?…… And since George is retired and letting fans continue it, wouldnt it be better to have Anakin be the false hope Ep 3 ( aka episode 4 A New Hope ), the the original George Lucas prophet idea ( 1975 ) about the “ Son of Suns “ which turned out to be Luke anyways….. so where does that leave us ?….. Leia….. She has same force power than Luke and they both have more than Vader ( hint hint )….. So if we have done the father and son thing, this new trilogy should be Mother to Daughter thing….. make sense or dumb ?….. just asking since we all arguing today about originals and prequels and nobody getting along.. dang Star Wars will eat our minds and if you still reading this, then a Jedi you are cause you got strong eyes to see me typing this for you to see me doing it for you so I love you all thank you for reading this last part that absolutly makes no sense to what I was saying earlier … thank you all….. Huggs and High Fives : ))

    • August 31, 2015 at 10:34 pm

      Best. Post. Ever.

    • September 1, 2015 at 12:52 am

      last part is epic! Really good one! :))

    • September 1, 2015 at 1:18 am


      I’m think we’re better off just ignoring the nonsensical prophecy. At the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter anyway.

      Get rid of the Sith, and Disney will just create a brand new group of dark siders who are essentially the same as the previous dark siders. There may be technical differences between the Sith and X, but they’ll be more alike than not. Ex. They’ll use red lightsabers, do bad things and want to take over stuff.

      The prophecy only made sense in the context of Lucas being done with the saga. Now, under Disney, we’ll always get some sort of dark sider, whether they’re technically called “Sith” or not.

    • September 1, 2015 at 6:41 am

      Destinyz Day, I completely agree! Your post rocks! You are the epitome of a Star Wars fan! Thank you!!

  • August 31, 2015 at 9:51 pm

    I’m okay with a little bit of reboot in concept. It would behoove Disney and LFL to try and make a Star Wars film that the general audience could go see without any prior contact with the series. The one thing all SW fans (whether you like, love, dislike or hate the prequels) can agree on is that the beauty of ANH is that you do not need see the Prequels to understand and enjoy Episode IV…and that was especially the case in 1977. Instead of focusing on things that divide the fanbase – they’d be smart to focus on what we all agree on. Also instead of giving any old fans “their Star Wars” back…they’d be smart to just make Star War (as it’s always been) for a new generation. I’m just glad it’s not my responsibility.

    • August 31, 2015 at 10:37 pm

      So I don’t want it.

      • September 1, 2015 at 6:42 am

        Go away then. Bye

    • August 31, 2015 at 11:03 pm

      Divide the fan base ? The base has been divided ever since that dumb chosen one thing. After the prequels was done, many just couldnt believe the bull hockey we saw. It made no sense at all. Why would Lucas add that Darth Plagiues was the one who created Anakin ?. And then say he was the prophecy ? WTH ? Where in the world did it say in the prophecy words that a dark lord sith would create the chosen one ?. It said only that the Force would create the one.

      • August 31, 2015 at 11:17 pm

        Bruh.. Anakin brought balance to the force..

        Only Sidious, himself, Yoda and Obi Wan were left. 2 on each side at the end of ROTS. That’s balance.

        At the end of ROTJ he killed Sidious and redeemed himself. Thus ending the Sith.

        Do you need someone to draw a picture for you?

        Tired of seeing this “he wasn’t the chosen one, even tho he fulfilled what the prophecy said”

        • September 1, 2015 at 12:58 am

          The reisanother, you forgot one. Luke. When Luke confronted Vader, he became a Jedi. When both Vader and Sidious are dead, you still have one Jedi. There is no balance yet. Do you need a drawing to see this ?….. QQ

          • September 1, 2015 at 1:15 am

            The prophecy doesn’t say that there will be balance forever. Lol simply says the chosen one will bring balance to the force and end the sith. Anakin did both.

            Simple minded people.. smh

        • September 1, 2015 at 1:13 am

          dont forget Luke… after Vader and Sidious death, theres one Jedi left. That is not balance… Yoda told Luke , ” When you confront Vader, a Jedi will you be. And confront him you will . “….

        • September 1, 2015 at 2:11 am

          Wow you are dumb. I’m tired of explaining this…

          Bringing “balance to the force” doesn’t mean having the same number of Jedi and Sith you simple-minded fool. The mere existence of the Sith knocked the force out of balance because they use the force in unnatural ways. It’s like the delicate balance of nature.

          The destruction of the Sith brought balance…not the same number of Jedi and Sith, got it? No you don’t.

          Lucas said this himself over and over again and you idiots cannot get it through your thick skulls.

        • September 1, 2015 at 2:16 am

          No…he brought balance when he killed Sidious and died, ending the Sith. Nothing to do with equal numbers of Sith and Jedi. Do I need to draw a picture for you?

          You you are very snarky for someone who is dead wrong.

      • September 1, 2015 at 3:57 am

        If you read plagueis it says that plagueis and sidious were experimenting to try and bring the force out of balance towards the dark side, what happened was the force retaliated spawning Anakin. The “opposite” of the darkness. To bring the force back into balance. It’s all legends now anyway. But that was what did happen in the EU book.

    • September 1, 2015 at 1:24 am

      “I’m just glad it’s not my responsibility.”

      Me, too. But don’t worry. Disney’s doing it right.

  • August 31, 2015 at 10:16 pm

    Cherry picking the EU is not the worst thing they could do… There sure was some pretty shitty stuff in the EU, like the Ssi-ruuk or the ridiculous and un-starwarsey Yuuzhan Vong which is good to get rid of.

    Every true fan will not have to be reminded that Star Wars was always about Lucas influenced by Campbells analysis of core themes in legends and mythology (princess, hidden fortress, magical swords, path to be a hero) – these are motives in ANY storytelling, which they now follow again to tell a story we all can enjoy.

    Best decision was to hire Kasdan. He will make sure it’s not going to be a storyteling horror like the prequels… Just my 5 cents.

  • August 31, 2015 at 11:13 pm

    Don’t forget that Lucas also had a bad influence on changing his mind and not staying with it. Example… During episode 4, Luke and Leia wasnt brother sister. It was supposed to be a romance between the 3, Luke, Han and Leia with her chosing Han and Luke eventually later in the chapters mees his sister….. Then in episode 6, he changed it to brother and sister to skip the rest, however the kiss damage was already done in episode 5, so thats why we got put into that crazy mess…. And before filming episode 5, Anakin was originally friends with Vader who betrayed him ( Obi-Wan telling Luke in ep 4 ) until Lucas changed it in ep 5 to make Anakin and Vader as one. And then he makes Anakin the chosen one in ep 1, and into ep 2. But, to add to more headaches, he adds this Darth Plaguies thing making him the one who created Anakin, and really mixing things up… Now if Lucas himself said the whole saga story ends with Vader killing Sidious and Luke helped redeam his dad, and whatever was after ep 6 would have to be made up.. right ?,, then if thats true, then why was Lucas writing the story for a new trilogy if he himself said it was all over when Vader was dead ?… And Lucas wasnt using the EU… So explain this mind change that just cannot end….. Is this the Mystery Box that we are traped in ?…… Please translate this…..

  • August 31, 2015 at 11:22 pm

    Everyone likes to argue points of EU, PT, OT, and now ST. But guys we all have one thing in common, it’s STAR WARS and we’re going to watch and bond over it either way. No sense in arguing it over now when we barely know a storyline or basis. Only Sith deal in absolutes!

    • September 1, 2015 at 1:00 am

      we need to argue so we can be alive buddy : ))

  • September 1, 2015 at 12:25 am

    I cant really reveal my sources, my brothers mate works in the prop dept at Pinewood. And he has confirmed that the original emperor is 100% not dead – Mr Mcdermid has been seen made up on set – not sure in what context.

    Ive seen photos on his iphone – but obviously i dont want to post them and for hime to loose his job. He did have a dark visor and a sort of blue uniform, with some kind of gold shiny sword thing.

    He was heard mentioning a megazord – is thaat from the EU universe? could it be a super weapon?

    • September 1, 2015 at 1:01 am

      Ya we know. Its called ROGUE ONE … he still alive then…

      • September 1, 2015 at 2:11 am

        so is there another super eapon in Rogue one, the death star and this Megazord?

  • September 1, 2015 at 12:37 am

    “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.”

    Man… this guy is INSANE. Billions of tourists are just gonna destroy this beautiful island, and push these rare seabirds away.

  • September 1, 2015 at 12:41 am

    I’d make total sense to have the two young heroes end up there with Luke in the end of TFA, then Episode 8 taking back us to this place, like a few months or years of training later, when they both have become cool-ass Jedis ready to take on the bad guys. Most decent SW films had about 1-3 years of lapse in-between.

  • September 1, 2015 at 1:01 am

    Again…the best way to divorce itself from all these arguments over were Luke and Leia originally bro and sis; did Lucas have the whole thing mapped out from the beginning, or how RotJ was originally supposed to end – is to kind of do just that; divorce itself from the everything in the pre-Disney era. Because – non of that matters anyway. That’s why I think Rebels is so important to TFA…and not just Rogue One. But that’s just the my thoughts. I’m sure I’m probably wrong and whatever they put on the screen will be cherry picked EU, and Lucas retconning…and it will be fine and somehow everyone will be happy.

  • September 1, 2015 at 1:16 am

    Wess. Then you basically saying that its possible Max Von Sydow is playing Kanan, and Erza is somehow in it too ?…. this would be about 40 years from Rebels to Force Awakens…. what about Ahsoka Tano…. what bout Hera and Sabine ?… except for Ahsoka, how old would they be for them to be in this ?…

    • September 1, 2015 at 2:19 am

      I’m probably wrong…but yes MVS could be Kanan (you don’t get an actor of his caliber to play a throw away character). Ezra – possibly Kylo Ren…I know it’s been 40 years, but this is Sci-Fi/Fantasy (nothing that can’t be explained away with a Carbonite chamber or the dark side giving him unnatural abilities). REY – could be Sabine’s daughter. Then use the old characters to pull us old fans into the new story.

    • September 1, 2015 at 2:27 am

      Also I’m a big Asoka fan, but her arc will end in Rebels. One word…Vader.

      However, they don’t have to answer all of these questions in TFA. It’d be better if we are still debating this in January.

  • September 1, 2015 at 2:31 am

    My wife is in the cast, cant say who obviously and she has just been reading the comments and some of you have got some major points correct, somehow you’ve figured out who snoke is, cant say which one of you though.

    • September 1, 2015 at 8:45 am

      Yeah like I was talking to your wife while in the cast and for obvious reasons I cant reveil who I am, but your wife is making things up about who is playing who or who is in what, cause that ain’t no Snoke dude.

  • September 1, 2015 at 2:58 am

    Why have they made r2b2 round in this one it makes no sence, hes not round.

  • September 1, 2015 at 5:17 am

    What if Mace Windu survived the fall… got frozen in carbonite for 60 years then his body got discovered and then revived?

    • September 1, 2015 at 5:29 am

      You mean besides him being royaly pissed?

      • September 1, 2015 at 5:41 am

        he was revived with corellian ale

    • September 1, 2015 at 7:19 am

      Then he would still be a boring, a-hole.

      I love Sammy, but he should not have played a wise, reserved Jedi Master. He would’ve been better off as a passionate Sith.

    • September 1, 2015 at 8:19 am

      Freezing one in carbonite is not common.

      Not every character needs brought back.

      Surviving that fall is like bringing Jason back without the aid of the supernatural element, after he is partially decapitated.

      Yet another, Jedi returning after Luke is told repeatedly he is the last of the remaining and first of the new Jedi.

      There is another, needs to be left as the Leia as the sister reveal, and left the hell alone.

      I sure hope Ezra is not Snoke…kill him off already and end the rest of that show, as well as Filonized Star Wars.

      It’s like making a sequel to the movie Bucket List and having Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman walking down the Mountain to go have a drink with Thelma and Louise.

      • September 1, 2015 at 9:00 am

        Personally, i dont like the idea of Luke and Leia being the “last of the Jedi”.

        Sure it made sense in the original movies to have that story line but in my opinion, the more “hidden” jedi, the better. Stories of how jedi escaped order 66 and fought the empire are really cool.

        • September 1, 2015 at 5:19 pm

          Yeah but that is all now banther poo doo. Deep breath…

  • September 1, 2015 at 11:58 am

    Finns is a jedi spying on 1st order who takes a chance on escaping when poe is captured after crash landing poe plans to contact the resistance while finn using his training tries to locate bb8 in doing so finds Rey who’s earliest memory’s are hazy until a big reveal later in the movie that’s what I’m expecting to happen

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