‘Star Wars’ producers reportedly spending £3m to prevent ‘Episode VIII’ leaks

'The Force Awakens' follow-up is currently in production

Disney are reportedly spending around £3 million on security procedures during the filming of the next Star Wars film in an attempt to prevent unauthorised leaks.

Star Wars: Episode VIII started shooting at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire, with filming reportedly set to relocate to Croatia next month.

According to local fan site Mos Croatia, there will be a “special team with drones” at the new site, alongside 600 guards and round-the-clock security.

Reports estimate that the total cost of security will be $4.3 million (£3.04m).

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The new film will follow The Force Awakens, the JJ Abrams reboot that topped the box office upon release last year. Episode VIII is expected in December 2017.

Cast members Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley and John Boyega will return for Episode VIII, along with the introduction of Benicio Del Toro (Traffic, Sin City) and Laura Dern (Jurassic Park, Wild).

Episode VIII will be preceded by a spin-off called Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which is directed by Gareth Edwards (Godzilla).