'Star Wars: Episode VII' to be filmed in Scotland?

Scenes for the JJ Abrams-directed sequel reportedly to be shot in the Isle of Skye

Star Wars:Episode VII is to be filmed in Scotland, according to a report.

The Sun reports that some of the scenes for the highly-anticipated JJ Abrams-directed sequel are to be shot in the highlands and the Isle of Skye. This follows the lead of other blockbuster movies, such as Skyfall and The Dark Knight Rises, that have used Scotland as a location for filming.

A source told the newspaper: "Location bosses feel Scotland possesses stunning scenery perfect for movie backdrops. They will look great on the big screen, and the rock formations will replicate the perception of mountainous planets. It will be the first time Star Wars has ever been shot north of the border."

Disney has slated the new Star Wars movie for release in 2015 and hired Toy Story 3 writer Michael Arndt to pen the script. Original cast members Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill have all hinted that that they are likely to be returning.

Earlier this month, director JJ Abrams revealed that John Williams is the clear frontrunner to score the new Star Wars movies. The composer won an Oscar for his score to the original 1977 Star Wars film and went on to compose the music for the five subsequent movies directed by George Lucas.

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