Official: Star Wars Episode VIII to Begin Filming on Skellig Michael this Monday!

Skellig Michael

We have what appears to be confirmation that Star Wars, Episode VIII will begin five days of filming on Skellig Michael beginning this coming Monday, September 14th. Read on for details…



After several updates and a number of conflicting reports, it now appears that Rian Johnson will commence filming on Star Wars Episode VIII this Monday, September 14th, with five days of shooting on Skellig Michael, one of the locations used for The Force Awakens. Filming on Skellig Michael will continue through Friday, September 18th.


Skellig Michael 02In addition to confirmation through other sources that this is indeed for Episode VIII, and not for TFA, we also have the following Marine Notice that lays out the specific dates during which ships are requested to avoid the island:


Marine Notice No. 44 of 2015 Notice to all Shipowners, Fishing Vessel Owners, Agents, Shipmasters, Skippers, Fishermen, Yachtsmen and Seafarers The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport has been advised of filming taking place on Sceilig Mhichíl, (also known as Skellig Michael or Great Skellig Island), Co. Kerry from 5am on Monday 14th September to 7pm on Friday 18 th September 2015. Vessels are requested to give the island a wide berth during these activities.



Here is the complete Marine Notice as issued to ship owners:


Marine Notice


In addition to this, we also have the following report from


Eight return helicopter flights have been licensed and it is understood director Rian Johnson has been cleared to film some scenes at dusk and at night from the sky up to 9pm, despite concerns about nocturnal sea birds.


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All signs point to production officially beginning on the next chapter in the ongoing Star Wars saga just a few days from now.


We’ll keep you updated as we learn more.


Thanks to our reader Steve White for finding the document.


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48 thoughts on “Official: Star Wars Episode VIII to Begin Filming on Skellig Michael this Monday!

  • September 11, 2015 at 11:10 pm

    Oh boy, the Skellig Michael updates are getting a bit tiring, but I still love all of the stuff on here!

  • September 11, 2015 at 11:11 pm

    Words cannot describe what it is i am feeling right now. We have not one not two but three Star Wars films coming within a year and a half from each other. That my friends is exciting. Whether they’re good or not is a different matter, but still exciting.

    • September 12, 2015 at 12:37 am

      Yeah it’s weird. I’m 31, I saw A New Hope when I was about 4 off of a VHS my Uncle had. I must have watched the attack on the Death Star scene hundreds of times. I accidentally watched RoTJ before Empire when I got my own box set, being a kid and not knowing my roman numerals… Those films are magical, set in stone, a generation before me, but just as much attached to me as anyone from the time the films released.

      I never EVER thought these films would get made. Just seemed so unlikely. The prequels got me hyped, and I tried as hard as I could to love them, but they just weren’t the same. These films might go down the same path. Even at this early stage however it just feels “better”. Like they might actually have captured some of the magic. Hell even BB-8 alone has created a new Star Wars character who will be as iconic as R2, and I have his remote control toy. This might be the start of another magical three films.

      With the people involved like Kathleen Kennedy overseeing this, and them appeasing the fans, I have high hopes they’ll do something cool with the trilogy, it could really build into something amazing. Even if they’re amazing films I can;t them dislodging the likes of Empire Strikes Back as my fav Star Wars film, but I am open for it! They have storytelling at the heart, not pushing film making boundaries, which sadly the prequels felt like, a test bed for extreme CGI scenery/characters and the testing of “perfect” digital cameras. It wasn’t needed and did not help these films merge with the OT. The few shots we have from TFA already look a thousand times more authentic. I cannot wait for this.

      • September 12, 2015 at 3:22 am

        Dude you’re nothing alone the first star wars film I watched was Jedi when I was three. Man was I confused when I went back to watch the other two. Granted this was years before the PTs or special edition. To this day I remember my father flipping though the tv and seeing C 3PO being shot in Bespin and thinking I don’t remember that ever happen before where are all the teddy bears in the forest?

        After all these years it amazes me that so many shows and movie have come and gone but Star Wars has never gotten old to me.

        • September 12, 2015 at 2:58 pm

          I was 3 1/2 in 1977 and still vividly remember going to the theatre to see Star Wars with my parents. My parents still tell me how I was on the edge of my seat the entire time and did not move. I was 6 1/2 when I saw Empire in 1980. I cried walking out of the theatre because Han’s fate was unknown, Luke got beat up by his dad, and the bad guys were “winning.” I love that I have been able to share these galactic myths with my own children, but am beyond excited to have them see a Star Wars movie on the big screen in just a few months!

  • September 11, 2015 at 11:12 pm

    Any ideas on the title of episode 8?

    • September 12, 2015 at 2:06 am

      Star Wars Episode VIII: The Phantom Empire

      • September 12, 2015 at 2:07 am

        Star Wars Episode VIII: Attack of the Jedi

        • September 12, 2015 at 2:07 am

          Star Wars Episode VIII: The Menace Strikes Back

          • September 12, 2015 at 2:08 am

            Star Wars Episode VIII: A New Sith

    • September 12, 2015 at 3:23 am

      Star Wars Episode VIII:Attack of the Phantom Sith Clones

    • September 12, 2015 at 2:54 pm

      Star Wars Episode VIII: The Force Takes a Nap

    • September 12, 2015 at 7:39 pm

      Star Wars: Vengeance of the Knights.

    • September 15, 2015 at 8:54 pm

      Episode VIII – Return of the Clones

      … god no X-)

  • September 11, 2015 at 11:26 pm

    I’m sick to death reading about Skellig Michael island. Reshoots. No reshoots. Maybe reshooting Luke’s scene for extra scenes. Maybe not. Shooting for 4 days in September. Shooting for the whole month of September. Now just shooting for a few days. Definitely no reshoots now. Now shooting Ep. 8. Zzzz……

    • September 11, 2015 at 11:50 pm

      But yet here you are reading yet another article about it and taking the time to comment about it. You’re not that sick to death.

    • September 11, 2015 at 11:54 pm

      Yes it’s getting really old. Big deal it’s filming there again. Why not some place new. We don’t need 50 updates of one shooting location also the name of it is annoying.

      • September 12, 2015 at 12:02 am

        We’re news site, and this is the first official confirmation about the start of filming. This is important. If you don’t find this interesting move along. I received multiple e-mails from fans asking when the filming will begin, so that they could go to Kerry hoping to see some cast and crew. So, believe me there are people, who appreciate this update. 🙂

        • September 13, 2015 at 7:15 am

          Yea it’s cool but It’s just not the news we were hoping for. I’m surprised that many people have the time and money to just go to this place to see a little bit of filming. Wish I was rich too 🙁

          • September 13, 2015 at 10:38 am

            I am talking about the fans in the UK, who are near that location. You don’t have to be rich to go there, if you live around.

      • September 12, 2015 at 5:33 am

        You act as if these fine folks here at Star Wars Episode 7 News work for Lucasfilm and can just create news whenever we ask for it.

        This is all the news going on right now! I and many others appreciate it, too!

        Don’t worry, the new trailer will he out in a few weeks, and you’ll be happy you check this site every minute of every day like all of us!

  • September 11, 2015 at 11:53 pm

    So… Are you going to open a new Star Wars Episode Viii news aswell or just convert this site to that after TFA release? 😀

      • September 12, 2015 at 2:47 am

        Ha ha. I see what you did there. 🙂

      • September 13, 2015 at 12:45 pm

        Oh I didn’t know! Thanks for the info 🙂

    • September 12, 2015 at 3:51 am

      We’re going to go for an all-encompassing name so we won’t have to keep changing it. VH mentioned that we’ve registered StarWars8News as a URL (along with StarWars9News), but we won’t be changing the site name to anything like StarWarsRogueOneNews, StarWarsHanSoloNews, or StarWarsBobaFettNews. We’re picking a new name that covers the entire network of information to come out of the Star Wars brand, and are sticking with it once we unveil the new domain at the end of this year.

      – Pomojema

      • September 12, 2015 at 3:57 am


  • September 11, 2015 at 11:59 pm

    Why are people complaining about more updates on Skellig? Missing the point…StarWars Episode 8 is beginning filming on Monday and and we haven’t even got episode 7 yet… How cool is that? These were the stories we dreamt we’d get to see some day, long before the prequels. Quit your whinging!

    • September 12, 2015 at 12:17 am

      Your absolutely right I’m so happy this is happening. could you stop and think that they’re making a sequels to the original Star Wars something I’ve been watching literally my whole life and never thought this would happen. Im 30 years old man act like my 8 year old self again everytime I see a new update our concept art or promotional art

  • September 12, 2015 at 12:20 am

    Hi, sorry to post this here but I’m having issues with login on to Disqus in the comments sections on here when I’m on my phone. Fine on my laptop where I’m posting this from. When I click the notification tab (the speech bubble) on my phone it takes me straight to my Disqus account. But simply won’t let me log in on the page here and post a comment…

  • September 12, 2015 at 12:29 am

    This place sure is popular….

  • September 12, 2015 at 1:42 am

    Would be funny if nobody turns up.

  • September 12, 2015 at 1:50 am

    I guess they don’t want any gawkers on charter ships in the background while Master Luke is imparting Jedi wisdom to Rey.

  • September 12, 2015 at 2:04 am

    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill will be in this movie?

    • September 12, 2015 at 3:06 am

      They’ll be replaced by Zac Efron, Ryan Gosling and Gena Rowlands 🙂

      • September 12, 2015 at 9:54 am

        Not Zac Efron….. Please…….

        • September 12, 2015 at 7:22 pm

          Yup, and Nicholas Cage will play Obi Wan . XD

    • September 12, 2015 at 3:48 am

      Word of the wise – you won’t hear a word about their involvement until after TFA is released. Presuming their characters don’t die, they’re all safe to keep appearing throughout the rest of the Sequel Trilogy.

      – Pomojema

  • September 12, 2015 at 2:35 am

    When this site first popped up, it was filled with rumors and potential plot details. What happened to all of that?
    You’d think by now, there’d be valid leaks of the entire story.

    • September 12, 2015 at 3:46 am

      Many of the existing rumors have been substantiated, and I’m pretty sure that Disney has everything else on lockdown.

      A number of those rumors did not come to pass, while several did. At the very least, we have a very good idea about what will be in the film after months of documenting information.

      – Pomojema

      • September 12, 2015 at 8:40 pm

        Nothing has been substantiated! For all we know, Lucasfilm planted all of the rumors like they said they might! I think we will be totally surprised on Dec 18th!

        • September 15, 2015 at 5:35 pm


  • September 12, 2015 at 7:48 am

    Why are there no big leaks about TFA script? It’s been a long long time since we’ve heard anything.

    • September 12, 2015 at 8:12 am

      There have been no leaks as far as I know. Just rumors!

  • September 12, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    I just got an idea on who dies at the end of the force awakens!
    Now, for what we know, Finn isn’t trained at all against Kylo. I mean, an ex stormtrooper wouldn’t be that good at using a lightsaber.
    Wich makes me think that either Han saves him, If we want to see him in the next chapter, or Finn gets his moment of glory and dies, allowing Rey and Chewie and Han to escape, and find luke. Please note that this idea that came to is not because FInn’s black, no racism intended. If FInn’s character was white I might have assumed the same thing

    • September 12, 2015 at 4:39 pm

      Finn was doing compatibility readings with potential actresses to play another female lead for ep 8 so I am pretty sure he wont die, but yes I think someone will have to save him.

  • September 12, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    Rian Johnson mentioned the movie twelve o clock high as the basis for episode8. I personally haven’t seen this old war movie, but the way I see it ,
    it would be about Rey or Finn gaining the trust and leadership among the Resistance.

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