Star Wars is one of the most popular franchise world-wide, and it’s showing up in nearly every corner of Ireland. New photos of what looks to be the famous Millennium Falcon ship have surfaced. Read on for more…
Today, new construction photos courtesy of the Irish Mirror have surfaced on-line with a closer look at the set for the new Star Wars film, soon to be shot in Co Donegal. A team has spent the spent the last three weeks close to Ireland’s most northerly point at Malin Head constructing the set for the latest Star Wars: Episode VIII film. The new set of photos reveals the lower portion of what just might be the Millennium Falcon parked at the Ahch-To set. Check them out!
From the Irish Mirror
A heavy security presence has kept snooping eyes away from the set on which filming starts this weekend.
But our pictures show what appears to be a huge water tunnel crossing the rugged landscape of the head.
A giant platform has also been erected on a massive outcrop with insiders revealing how a zip-wire is also planned from the platform into the sea.
Hundreds of tourists are arriving at the location each day in the hope of getting a glimpse of the set.
Many are visiting the local Malin Town which is seeing an early influx of tourists as a result of the interest in the sic-fi epic.
At least twelve security guards from a Dublin based security company are patrolling the lands around Malin Head on both foot and on mobile patrol.
Permission has been granted by local landowners to use the lands for the coming weeks.
Donegal County Council has confirmed that it will close the roads leading to the tourist destination between this Sunday, May 15th and Tuesday, May 17th next.
It stated that the Malin Loop will be closed temporarily over these days but it has not stated why the roads are being closed.
Many local B&Bs as well as private holiday homes have been booked out for the entire month of May to accommodate crew from Lucas Films.
Outgoing Junior Minister for the Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Joe McHugh, said he was delighted the crew had arrived and was looking forward to Donegal featuring in the upcoming Stars Wars film.
Also, a new Irish location video for the next Star Wars film has surfaced courtesy of Independent.ie
While little is known about the plot of the next chapter of the galaxy spanning saga, these new photos of filming give a snippet into what fans can expect to see in the follow up to ‘The Force Awakens’. The sets are a recreation of Skellig Micheal island, which was seen in finale of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, atop the spectacular mountain island with the heroic Rey extending her lightsaber to Luke Skywalker.
Comparison photo of the final scene in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Back in April, the Daily Mail showed us and over-head shot of a new full-scale Millennium Falcon being built at England’s Pinewood Studios. If it is the famous ship, these new images would mark the second time construction of the Falcon has taken place for the film. While she’s currently not much to look at, she’s still got it where it counts.
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May the Force be with you…