First standalone ‘Stars Wars’ movie will be shot in Britain

Chancellor George Osbourne confirms Pinewood location for Gareth Edwards film

Chancellor George Osbourne has confirmed that the first in a series of standalone Star Wars films will be shot in Britain.

Osbourne was visiting the set of Star Wars: Episode VII yesterday (June 10) and shared a picture of himself with director JJ Abrams and R2-D2 as well as the news that Gareth Edwards’ (above) 2016 release will also be filmed at the Pinewood Studios in London.

Tweeting from the studio, Osbourne wrote: “On set of Episode VII tonight, can announce another #StarWars film will be made in UK. A #LongTermEconomicPlan in a galaxy far far away.”

He then added in a statement: “Lucasfilm and Disney’s decision to shoot the Star Wars standalone movie in the UK is testament to the incredible talent in Britain. This will mean more jobs and more investment. It is great news for people working at Pinewood Studios, from the set designers to the carpenters.

“As Chancellor I have been determined that we back our brilliant creative industries which is why we have invested in skills and training as well as providing tax relief for films, high-end TV, animation, video games and regional theatre. The further changes the government made to the film tax relief at Budget 2014 will support our highly skilled, innovative creative sectors so that they continue to thrive and encourage more films to be made in the UK.”

Welsh director Edwards will helm the first in what will be a series of standalone films that will be released in the intermittent years between the main Star Wars films. Edwards will work with screenwriter Gary Whitta on the upcoming movie, which does not yet have a title and will hit cinemas on December 16, 2016.

Disney recently suggested they will release at least three Star Wars spin-off films in the next 10 years in addition to the three they have already committed to making.