2018 is Here! It’s Time For the Annual Rumor About Star Wars Filming in Scotland.

Yes, that’s right. The rumors about Star Wars filming in Scotland originated back in 2013. We first heard this about The Force Awakens and later for The Last Jedi. Now, it’s time for Episode IX. But wait, to make things even more dubious, the new rumor actually claims that Rian Johnson’s new trilogy will be filmed there starting this June. Johnson already confirmed that this new trilogy is in a very early stage of development and that he doesn’t even have the story for it yet. So, take this story with the biggest possible grain of salt you can imagine.

 

The report comes from The Scotsman:

Filming of the new billion-pound blockbuster, which will be the first in a new trilogy, is due to start next June and will take place in Argyll and areas in the north of Scotland. Rest and Be Thankful, the famous pass between Loch Long and Loch Awe, is one particular location that the filmmakers are keen to use.

 

A source told the Sunday Mail: “As is now customary with any Star Wars production, the movie is shrouded in secrecy but they want to shoot scenes around the Rest and Be Thankful. Further filming has been pencilled in for elsewhere in the country.”

 

As you can see, the actual source is the tabloid Sunday Mail. It’s hard to understand if The Scotsman speculates that this Star Wars movie will be the first one from Rian’s new trilogy or this was indeed the info coming from that secret source. As I mentioned above, there is absolutely no chance that Rian’s trilogy will start filming soon. My personal guess is that it could start as early as the first quarter of 2019.

 

The rumors about Star Wars filming in Scotland started back in 2013 for The Force Awakens. You can check our reports on these here, here and here.

 

Later, another rumor was posted that The Last Jedi would be doing some reshoots in Scotland. Another rumor that didn’t make sense since TLJ never filmed there in the first place.

 

 

All 4 of these rumors turned out to be false. Most likely, the case will be the same this time as well. Still it’s worth mentioning that Scotland has a really beautiful almost alien-looking scenery worthy to appear in a Star Wars movie. Also, it was a fact that Scotland was considered as a filming location for The Force Awakens. So there is still chance that half of this report is true (if they plan to film Episode IX there). But again, take this with a huge grain of salt.

 

 

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65 thoughts on “2018 is Here! It’s Time For the Annual Rumor About Star Wars Filming in Scotland.

  • January 2, 2018 at 4:52 pm
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    Might want to deep-six Rian’s plans for a trilogy (talk about putting the cart before the horse!) and Ep. IX… well, that’s shaping up to be a lost cause. What we are seeing with the dwindling audiences is an onset of Star Wars fatigue. But, hey, we got our practical effects and ‘real world’ locations for a ‘galaxy, far, far away’. And nevermind a cast that nonsensically reflects ‘our universe’. Sheesh.

    • January 2, 2018 at 5:00 pm
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      R1 was amazing. TLJ is one of the most successful movies in the history of cinema. Unfortunate that some of you dislike it and would cast aside without hesitation IX and a new trilogy.

    • January 2, 2018 at 6:00 pm
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      The only way it would make any real sense is if none of the characters were human and none spoke anything resembling English (if they communicated through spoken language at all). But there is no chance of gaining a significant audience for such a film on this planet. If we can accept humans in the GFFA, I think we can accept more than two women and one black guy amongst the hordes of white men.

    • January 2, 2018 at 6:21 pm
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      Nope. Johnson made the best SW in decades and he’s the perfect choice to start something genuinely new from scratch. And TLJ just passed 1 billion, passing the total take of R1 in two and a half weeks and becoming the highest grossing movie of the year. There are no dwindling audiences beyond the gradual drop offs that every movie has. And anyone who thought this movie was going to do TFA numbers was smoking crack.

    • January 2, 2018 at 6:21 pm
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      Nope. Johnson made the best SW in decades and he’s the perfect choice to start something genuinely new from scratch. And TLJ just passed 1 billion, passing the total take of R1 in two and a half weeks and becoming the highest grossing movie of the year. There are no dwindling audiences beyond the gradual drop offs that every movie has. And anyone who thought this movie was going to do TFA numbers was smoking crack.

        • January 2, 2018 at 8:55 pm
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          Passing $1 billion WORLDWIDE is no longer the benchmark it used to be, certainly when you factor in inflation.

        • January 2, 2018 at 8:55 pm
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          Passing $1 billion WORLDWIDE is no longer the benchmark it used to be, certainly when you factor in inflation.

          • January 2, 2018 at 9:41 pm
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            Only 4 movies made the $1bn club in 2017. There were over 700 movies released in US cinemas last year. So, only about 0.57% of all movies made the cut. It is still very much an exclusive club.

        • January 2, 2018 at 11:26 pm
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          Uh, no. The Empire Strikes Back sold 50% of A New Hope’s tickets. Was there a backlash to that movie? Attack of the Clones sold 60% of Phantom Menace’s tickets. The massive hype/phenomena of Star Wars/Phantom/Force Awakens was never going to be surpassed by their sequels.

        • January 2, 2018 at 11:26 pm
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          Uh, no. The Empire Strikes Back sold 50% of A New Hope’s tickets. Was there a backlash to that movie? Attack of the Clones sold 60% of Phantom Menace’s tickets. The massive hype/phenomena of Star Wars/Phantom/Force Awakens was never going to be surpassed by their sequels.

      • January 2, 2018 at 8:49 pm
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        Jeez.. no longer #1 after 18 days is something to celebrate? And TLJ passing 1 billion is world wide numbers and is pointless to compare to R1’s DOMESTIC take. Just sayin’. If you don’t see a downturn in Box Office performance for SW, you are insane. And the only ones that thought TLJ was going to compete with TFA numbers was Disney.

        If you are content with Star Wars settling into mediocrity, power to you.

        • January 2, 2018 at 9:01 pm
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          “And the only ones that thought TLJ was going to compete with TFA numbers was Disney.”

          Can you provide evidence of Disney’s expectations to back up your assertion?

          • January 2, 2018 at 9:24 pm
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            TLJ is sorely lagging behind pace to reach the ‘conservative estimate’ of $750 million domestically at the end of its run set by the BO analysts. Do you think Disney doubted those so-called experts?

            Do you seriously think Disney is content with SW having to struggle to even reach $600 million? Even if it does make it past $600 million, it’s still a good $300 million short of TLJ, a sure sign that SW is losing its appeal.. certainly not a good sign if Disney plans to release a new SW every year until whenever.

            But what is funny is how clueless people are when they say TLJ is outperforming R1 by reaching $1 billion WW, when even the lamebrained Fast & Furious franchise can now do that.

          • January 2, 2018 at 9:32 pm
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            So, your answer is No then.

            Disney downplayed their expectations before the release. They appreciate that The Force Awakens was:

            1. The first SW movie in 10 years
            2. Arguably the first decent SW movie in 32 years
            3. Hugely popular due to the return of the big 3, and all the nostalgia content

            They knew that The Last Jedi would fall somewhere between The Force Awakens and Rogue One. I would imagine they are absolutely delighted with the box office numbers.

          • January 3, 2018 at 1:03 pm
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            The first film in the Trilogy was always going to make the most money as it has the anticipation. The 2nd could have made more or the same but was most likely always going to be less. The last film can be great or the best one but would make the least. It isn’t a struggle, they have done very well to do 600 million domestic if it reaches that and beyond. As for Fast and Furious it was largely due to China’s figures that made a message skew there if you drill in to see by country. They perhaps enjoyed that particular type of movie more than the Star Wars franchise in general. Comparing TFA figures with it for China.

          • January 3, 2018 at 1:03 pm
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            The first film in the Trilogy was always going to make the most money as it has the anticipation. The 2nd could have made more or the same but was most likely always going to be less. The last film can be great or the best one but would make the least. It isn’t a struggle, they have done very well to do 600 million domestic if it reaches that and beyond. As for Fast and Furious it was largely due to China’s figures that made a message skew there if you drill in to see by country. They perhaps enjoyed that particular type of movie more than the Star Wars franchise in general. Comparing TFA figures with it for China.

        • January 2, 2018 at 10:40 pm
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          TLJ has already surpassed Rogue 1’s domestic take, $533M vs $532M (Boxofficemojo.com)

        • January 2, 2018 at 11:21 pm
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          It’s surpassed R1’s domestic total as well. And I wasn’t celebrating it. I was refuting the idea that the movie is a box office disappointment with dwindling numbers. That’s obviously a bunch of hogwash.

          • January 3, 2018 at 8:11 pm
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            TLJ had the return of Luke Skywalker after 33 years, this should be doing close to what TFA did. It almost equaled it opening weekend (which tells you the anticipation was there) and has dropped off since now being over 200+ behind TFA. The only answer is some part of the fanbase doesn’t like it.

          • January 3, 2018 at 11:15 pm
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            For all the new fans created by TFA, and there are many, just having Luke in TLJ is not an added draw. It was a draw for me and my kids, but my younger nephews and nieces (especially the girls) just want to see Rey, Finn and BB8.

      • January 3, 2018 at 2:29 pm
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        No wonder it has passed R1 as that film was a real disappointment

      • January 3, 2018 at 8:08 pm
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        The best SW movie in decades? It is riddled with the same problems the PT had. Overlong, terrible pacing, bad humor, and disjointed storyline.
        The Poe/Hux conversation at the beginning is something better suited for Spaceballs. Leia flying? Luke drinking milk from whatever? Ignoring and just flat out not caring about mystery box plot points that were setup in TFA?
        Listen, I don’t begrudge you if you like or love the film, but to say this is the best SW film since the OT is sort of laughable. Or maybe the fanbase just accepts mediocrity?

        • January 4, 2018 at 6:38 am
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          “Ignoring and just flat out not caring about mystery box plot points that were setup in TFA? ”

          No mystery box plot points from TFA were ignored. TLJ easily surpasses anything since RotJ in my opinion.

        • January 4, 2018 at 11:02 pm
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          The same problems the PT had? Are you on drugs? The prequels failed at everything except the music. Please tell me which SW movie since the OT was better than this one. And this movie is bad because Luke drinks milk? Are you serious?

        • January 4, 2018 at 11:02 pm
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          The same problems the PT had? Are you on drugs? The prequels failed at everything except the music. Please tell me which SW movie since the OT was better than this one. And this movie is bad because Luke drinks milk? Are you serious?

    • January 2, 2018 at 6:54 pm
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      Is your avatar a Micronaut?

      • January 2, 2018 at 8:41 pm
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        Yup.

        • January 3, 2018 at 2:41 am
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          Awesome avatar!

  • January 2, 2018 at 4:55 pm
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    Hopefully they film not far from where i stay, try and get a sneak peak 🙂

  • January 2, 2018 at 5:20 pm
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    “The rumors about Star Wars filming in Scotland started back in 2013 for The Force Awakens. You can check our reports on these here, here and here.”

    Only a matter of time before it happens then? /;O)

    I hope one day we do see a SW movie being filmed here. The west coast and its islands have some of the most beautiful scenery in the world.

    • January 2, 2018 at 5:54 pm
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      Its beautiful true, but is it alien?

      • January 2, 2018 at 6:01 pm
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        Not to the Scots.

        • January 2, 2018 at 6:05 pm
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          That’s kinda what I was thinking.
          You know I always thought it would be so cool to have a star wars scene shoot in my home town… But then I got to thinking that I wouldn’t want to be sitting in the theater watching that film and think to myself, “WAIT A SECOND… I recognize that Walmart.” It would totally take me out of the scene.

      • January 2, 2018 at 6:19 pm
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        It’s certainly dramatic, what with the landscape, the light, the changing colours, and the weather. Not sure if it can be considered alien, I’m not sure to be honest what can? With the right props and visual effects any location can look alien I guess.

  • January 2, 2018 at 6:42 pm
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    Didn’t they shoot plates for Takodana in Scotland. Or the Lake district, very similar topography.

    • January 3, 2018 at 4:44 am
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      Lake District.

  • January 2, 2018 at 6:48 pm
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    I’m interested in 9. I am not all that thrilled about Rian’s new trilogy. Nor should the word New ever be attached to him. It’s more like retell, replace, and trash the old. Not when new and bold for him so far has been copying the old then trashing the old legends.

    • January 2, 2018 at 10:33 pm
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      Hopefully without the constraints of existing characters and storylines, he can create an interesting story that arcs consistently over three movies.

    • January 2, 2018 at 10:33 pm
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      Hopefully without the constraints of existing characters and storylines, he can create an interesting story that arcs consistently over three movies.

  • January 2, 2018 at 6:55 pm
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    Forget about the past, trash it’s legend, and kill it If you have to. That sums up ep. 9.

  • January 2, 2018 at 7:35 pm
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    I’m really surprised Rian Johnson is still on board after Ep8.

    • January 2, 2018 at 9:34 pm
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      No, you aren’t. You are surprised that a bunch of angry middle-age nerds haven’t been heard by Disney nor Lucasfilm because while you were yelling and insulting them The Last Jedi was becoming number one of 2017 (Attack of the Clones was third in 2002). Deal with it.

      • January 2, 2018 at 10:31 pm
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        This!

        As one of those middle-age nerds that didn’t like the prequel trilogy I’m thrilled the way Disney is breathing new life into this franchise. Was TLJ perfect? Nope. But none of them have been academy award-worthy films. However, enough torch passing already! Focus on making Rey, Finn and Poe as interesting as Kylo Ren.

        • January 4, 2018 at 1:22 am
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          No, get rid of all of them! except Rose, she stole the show. My theory is that Rose is really the Last Jedi, and that phony Rey is gonna get hers.
          I think it was great to decimate the Resistance, who needs em’. Love is all we need to win! I cant wait for Comic con, I’m working on my Rose cosplay now, I know everyone else is going as Rey, or Finn, or Vice Admiral Holdo(RIP) Im going to be the best Rose evahhhhhhh

        • January 4, 2018 at 4:26 pm
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          They should have never brought back the OT characters other then cameos in this trilogy. By changing the arcs for Luke, Leia and Han they have actually overshadowed TFA and TLJ. JJ created some new and relatable characters in Rey, Finn, Poe, BB8 and Kylo Ren, as they should have been the focus of Episode 8, not bringing back Luke Skywalker and dividing the fanbase on how he was treated.

    • January 2, 2018 at 10:24 pm
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      Hopefully without the baggage of the OT characters and saga storylines Rian can produce something truly new and interesting within the Star Wars universe as a backdrop. I think the further he can distance himself from the lore when he does his worldbuilding, the better.

    • January 3, 2018 at 12:32 am
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      Why are you surprised? He delivered what a majority of people consider an enjoyable good movie that surpassed a billion dollars and is proving to still have legs which means people are still going back to see it.

      People forget that amongst the criticism about TLJ, the people who dislike it, while vocal, are the minority compared to those who love it. Dont forget that important fact

      • January 3, 2018 at 8:03 pm
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        All of the PT movies were big box office at the time, but that doesn’t mean they are good. Transformers and Fast & Furious are billion dollar franchises, but that doesn’t mean they are any good.

        I don’t know what the exact breakdowns are with TLJ, but I think the fanbase is split. Within my friends/family/co-workers, there are those that like it and those that hated it, whereas TFA was much more liked among them.

        To ignore the people that didn’t like it as a minority of internet people tells me you are stuck on the internet too much haven’t ventured out to the real fans.

        • January 4, 2018 at 12:28 am
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          7.6/10 IMDb 91% Rotten Tomatoes and Recieved an A for Cinemascore

          Its not “split”.

          • January 4, 2018 at 4:24 pm
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            54% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes. The last time I checked, that’s almost 50/50, which is a split. No offense, I don’t trust most of the critics as a lot of them said this was as great as ESB or even called it a Masterpiece. That is the ultimate hyperbole.

          • January 5, 2018 at 2:24 am
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            Its known the auidence score of RT isnt completely reliable. Cinemascore is the best metric to look at, they survey auidence right after they see the film, not multiple accounts clicking thumbs up or thumbs. TLJ Cinemascore is an A

        • January 4, 2018 at 1:07 pm
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          “All of the PT movies were big box office at the time, but that doesn’t mean they are good. Transformers and Fast & Furious are billion dollar franchises, but that doesn’t mean they are any good.”

          No. It proves they are popular.

  • January 2, 2018 at 8:12 pm
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    Get this man away from Star Wars.

  • January 4, 2018 at 1:12 am
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    They can film it in the sewers of Newark, New Jersey, I dont care. As long as Rey shows off new force powers she taught herself, Like Force Swimming.
    I know Luke could do it, coming from a desert planet, he swam from his crashed x-wing up onto shore, but Rey must have taught herself because Luke didn’t teach her anything! Even Yoda said to burn the books because Rey already knew what was in them! Not only is she the bestest Jedi ever, but she is self taught. But Rose will still kick her A**

    • January 4, 2018 at 5:02 am
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      All this marysuerey thing stinks to sexist, maleness, macho, machista rotten stuff… last addition to it: Rose.
      No Liberal.
      No Progressive.
      Beredict: 0% Force.

      • January 4, 2018 at 4:11 pm
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        I defended the Mary Sue stuff after TFA, but this movie just confirmed it so I have no defense anymore. She has had zero Jedi Training and can do everything, and nothing was explained why she was able to do it in TFA. Now I’m sure you will give some ‘POV’ answer, but it won’t make any sense, just like TLJ.

      • January 4, 2018 at 4:11 pm
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        I defended the Mary Sue stuff after TFA, but this movie just confirmed it so I have no defense anymore. She has had zero Jedi Training and can do everything, and nothing was explained why she was able to do it in TFA. Now I’m sure you will give some ‘POV’ answer, but it won’t make any sense, just like TLJ.

  • January 4, 2018 at 1:33 am
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    I’m looking forward to the new trilogy, I hope Rose is in it, but no one else.
    Every character should be a Jedi, self taught, because an education is very over-rated. I hope there are more worlds that look like Harrah’s in Atlantic City and more slave children to be rescued, oh wait, I mean rescue the horse creatures instead, and then beat the slave children for letting them escape, ITS THEIR FAULT!
    I want more floating space force users, more hyperspace weapons, more lactating sea creatures, and another birth of the rebellion scene. This is a great time to be a fan! The only downside is why do we have to wait a whole year between films? We should get one every three to four months, Last Jedi proved you can film movies without any long term story plan and it worked 1 Billion Dollars!! now Disney can build that Canto Blight replica casino into all their cruise ships and parks. woo hoo vacation time!

  • January 4, 2018 at 4:49 am
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    Obi Wan was Scottish and enjoyed scotch.

  • January 5, 2018 at 11:25 pm
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    That first photo is taken from car park area, just off the main road, which runs down the left side of the photo. The smaller road you can clearly see is the old road. Nice area which can look really dramatic, but not really practical for shooting a big production I don’t think. But what do I know.
    I hope they do though, it’s right on my doorstep. Can’t get to the rest of my photos at the moment but here’s a few.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/02e85466550cb5ba7c45617d15e2764285d86e730a9d7e4b8a4aa696e774edc4.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4ebb6bd8745f79aeec838a2c5e6616c8dfab196e2f3e119fb8cbf548a393538b.jpg
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/396ceb9b50971f026daf567cc415943c3e86cba41526286b9608e194965d9ff9.jpg

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