Having filmed on Sceilg Mhichíl over the past two years, Disney Lucasfilm has now selected Ceann Sibéal at the western tip of the Dingle Peninsula as a location for the next Star Wars movie.

Contractors have already arrived on the Dingle Peninsula and are currently installing a 1.5km metal roadway on the slopes of Ceann Sibéal. It’s understood the roadway will facilitate the transport of gear and crew to the summit for filming on Star Wars: Episode VIII.

Star Wars: Episode VIII is directed by Rian Johnson and will see the return of Irish actor Domhnall Gleeson alongside The Force Awakens co-stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley and John Boyega. New cast members include Benicio Del Toro, Laura Dern and Kelly Marie Tran.

The Irish Film Board says it is not in a position to publicly discuss its dealings with individual film companies. However, it’s understood locally that filming will take place over a two-week period in the middle of May. Star Wars: Episode VIII is due for release on December 15, 2017.

Local landowners have entered into access agreements with the film company. A number of hotels and self-catering accommodation have already been booked for the period in question.

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