New Star Wars film confirms shooting has begun

Production company Bad Robot tweeted a picture of a clapperboard with the #dayone hashtag

Shooting has begun on the new Star Wars film, it has been confirmed.

The film’s production company Bad Robot tweeted a picture of a clapperboard with the #dayone hashtag, which you can see below. Sand on the clapperboard seems to suggest that scenes are being shot in Abu Dhabi, where it is thought Luke Skywalker’s home planet of Tatooine is being rebuilt.

The seventh instalment of the much-loved franchise will also shoot at London’s Pinewood studios ahead of a December 2015 release. Original stars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill will return for the film. 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.

Oscar Isaac recently said that director JJ Abrams’ approach to making the next instalment in the series of much loved films is “refreshing”. The actor recently joined fellow newcomers Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson and Andy Serkis in the cast for Star Wars: Epsiode VII and spoke to Digital Spy about his enthusiasm for his currently unconfirmed character.

“There was about a month where I already knew that I’d been cast, before the announcement, so it was tough to keep it under wraps,” Isaac said. “But you know, secrets can be fun. I was a huge Star Wars fan growing up – my family collects the toys, and we had Star Wars parties where everyone would dress up as their favourite character.”