Star Wars is here, with the massive production now shooting at locations around Ireland.
The Disney film is filming this week at the Loop Head Peninsula in Co. Clare. According to the Clare Herald, the Loop Head Lighthouse will be closed to the public from the 17th to the 19th of May to accomodate the film crew, and local access will be restricted during this time.
At the same time, sets are being built and used in areas of Kerry and Donegal for Episode VIII, which is set for release in December 2017.
The Irish angle has to do with where Episode VII finished off, as Daisy Ridley's Rey confronts an aged Mark Hamill in the role of Luke Skywalker on an isolated island. The production shot those scenes on Skellig Michael and it sounds like these Irish locations will be used to continue her time spent with Luke.
That's total speculation of course but a recreation of the signature beehive huts at the top of Skellig Michael have been constructed on the mainland to allow for easier shooting and we're hearing a larger jedi temple might also be used for some scenes.
It's hugely exciting to have such a huge production around on our shores, and even more so to know we'll be seeing these amazing locations on the big screen next year.