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Star Wars: Episode VII to be filmed in Britain - and R2-D2 will be back

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: March 19, 2014

R2D2, pictured right with C-3PO in the original Star Wars trilogy, will be returning for Star Wars: Episode VII

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Sci Fi fans nationwide will be out of this world after movie giant Disney announced the next Star Wars film will be made in Britain.

The seventh instalment of the cult space movie series - which immortalised Darth Vader, Obi Wan Kenobi, Luke Skywalker, Chewbacca and Ewoks - is set to begin shooting at Elstree Studios in May.

Beloved robot R2-D2 is the first confirmed character returning to the story - which takes place 30 years after the end of Return of the Jedi, first released at the cinema in 1983.

Auditions for the movie - known only as Star Wars: Episode VII and directed by JJ Abrams - were held in London last November, with some hopefuls waiting for more than six hours.

The official Star Wars website states: "Star Wars: Episode VII is set about 30 years after the events of Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, and will star a trio of new young leads along with some very familiar faces.

"No further details on casting or plot are available at this time."

However Bob Iger, Disney chief exec, announced on Tuesday that R2-D2 - a small, sarcastic, blue-and-white robot who has appeared in every previous film - is the first confirmed character.

Parts of the new film are to be made at Leavesden Studios and the home of James Bond, Elstree Studios, both in Hertfordshire.

The film is set to be released at the end of next year.

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