Check Out The Amazing Jedi Temple Constructed For ‘Star Wars Episode VIII’

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by: Jay Carlson – Editor-in-chief

We learned from the official Episode VIII announcement video that Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: Episode VIII would be picking things up where we last left off in The Force Awakens, with Rey presenting Luke Skywalker with his long lost lightsaber. We were only provided a  glimpse of the lush planet Ahch-To, the site of the first Jedi temple where Luke Skywalker has seemingly been in exile for all of his missing years, but judging by the images released by Independent.ie we will see a lot more of this planet in the next installment of the Star Wars Sequel Trilogy.

You’ll recall that the original filming location for Luke’s home was Skellig Michael Island in Ireland. A site that was also used for the first day of Episode VIII’s shooting to pick things up where The Force Awakens left off. Due to the conservation restrictions of Skellig Michael, the production has moved elsewhere in Ireland to Ceann Sibéal/Sybil Head on the Dingle Peninsula to show us the home of Luke Skywalker. Director David Lean (Lawrence of Arabia, The Bridge on the River Kwai, Doctor Zhivago) previously used the Dingle Peninsula back in 1970 for one of his last films, Ryan’s Daughter, starring Robert Mitchum.

Last week, Rian Johnson shared that he was halfway through filming Episode VIII (as well as the images below) which means filming will most likely end in late June or early July. Episode VIII scheduled to hit theaters on December 15, 2017.

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