Star Wars: The Force Awakens will start to shoot in Ireland amid environmental concerns.
Reports that the Star Wars: The Force Awakens will start shooting this month in Ireland are erroneous. Rather the actual plan is to start shooting sequences from director Rian Johnson’s 2017 sequel Episode VIII.
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The arts minister of Ireland, Heather Humphries has confirmed the news. This is due to the concerns over how the shooting would be handled on the island. Ecologists and observers from the National Parks and Wildlife Service and the National Monuments Service will be present at the shooting.
They will check the filming to protect the archaeological sites and wildlife habitats. Apart from this the Lucas film production has agreed to strict guidelines. The guidelines have been set to protect the site.
Now it is not unusual for big budget films to reshoot some scenes in the middle of editing but this close to its release is rare. Some sources have revealed that smaller scale reshoots have already taken place. These reshoots happened during the summer.
The place where the shooting will take place is known as Skellig Michael. It is a sharp cluster of rocks rising 715 feet out of the sea. It has a coat of lush vegetation wherever the land is flat.
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The place is home to many endangered sea birds. This is the reason that has led the environmental group An Taisce to object this shooting. The island is home to ruins of a small monastery. The monastery had been occupied between 400 and 600 years until the 12th century.