Star Wars IX being filmed near London
August 1st marks the filming debut of the famous Star Wars saga ninth episode. On the first shooting day J.J. Abrams, the director, paid homage to actress Carrie Fisher, deceased in December 2016. She had played the role of Princess Leia since the beginning of the saga.
Bittersweet starting this next chapter without Carrie, but thanks to an extraordinary cast and crew, we are ready to go. Grateful for @rianjohnson and special thanks to George Lucas for creating this incredible world and beginning a story of which we are lucky to be a part. #IX pic.twitter.com/FOfnGwVut5— JJ Abrams (@jjabrams) 1 août 2018
Even though the favorite actress has passed away, she will still play a role in the latest episode. The main actors from this generation will also encounter new adventures.
The first photos have started to be released by The Sun from the shooting that’s taking place near London, in Great Britain, in a location kept secret by production.
The images that we can see show a vast plain, probably the décor of a new planet with its share of the usual dangers, strange creatures and epic combats.
This is not the first time that the cast gathers in Great Britain, as the rebel base in episode VII, also directed by J.J. Abrams, was located at the Greenham Common airbase. Built in 1941, it was used as an operations base by the Royal Air Force until 1992, when it was closed. The base is also known for the exclusively feminine base camp of peace activists that was set up in front of the main gates from 1982 to 2000. This group camped at the entrance in order to protest a NATO project aiming to set up nuclear arms within the base. The movement, which began with 36 women, caused such a great stir that nearly 30,000 women camped by the gates to the base, forming a human chain, singing and dancing. Could their courage and determination have inspired the movie staff to choose it as the rebel base?
The cast of this new opus includes of course John Boyenga, Daisy Ridley and Oscar Isaac but also Matt Smith, famous for his role in the eleventh Dr Who.
Star Wars IX will be a veritable turning point in the history of the most famous of sagas, as according to the official Star Wars site, it will mark the end of the celebrated Skywalker family epic.