Star Wars Episode VIII in Production on Skellig Michael

February 16, 2016 – So let the film teasers begin!

Disney/Lucasfilm has released this short clip from Skellig Michael, Ireland, the remote filming location where we last watched Rey meet the mythical (and in hiding) Luke Skywalker:

Skellig Michael (Irish: Sceilig Mhichíl), or Great Skellig (Irish: Sceilig Mhór), is a stunningly beautiful island in the Atlantic Ocean off the southwest corner of Ireland.

Skellig Michael-1

The Star Wars crew has secured a filming permit for Skellig Michael, which is accessible only by boat and is closed to visitors during filming. A Christian monastery was established on the island sometime between the 6th and 8th century A.D./C.E. and occupied by a monastic order until the island was abandoned in the late 12th century. Perhaps no more than 12 monks and an abbot resided on the small island at any one time.

Skellig Michael-2 Skellig Michael was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1996 and declared to be a “unique example of an early religious settlement”. As a World Heritage Site, the uninhabited island features a very steep and winding ancient stone staircase leading to the remains of the monastery on a terraced shelf 600 feet above sea-level.

Skellig Michael is off the southwest tip of Ireland in the Atlantic Ocean.

Skellig Michael is off the southwest tip of Ireland in the Atlantic Ocean.

Star Wars Episode VIII (no official title yet) is now in production with a release date of 15 December 2017.

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