Rumours of Star Wars shooting in Scotland have resurfaced in one of countries national newspapers, The Daily Record. The rumoured location, Rest and be Thankful, was previously featured in Bond: Skyfall.
In a glen not too far away, a new Star Wars movie will shoot scenes in Scotland next year.
The first of a new stand-alone trilogy of films will feature locations in Argyll and elsewhere in the north of the country.
The billion-pound movie, by The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson, is as yet untitled but filming is expected to start here in June.
The Rest and Be Thankful – a historic pass between Loch Long and Loch Awe that rises to 860ft – has been earmarked as a location for filming.
A source said: “As is now customary with any Star Wars production, the movie is shrouded in secrecy but they want to shoot scenes around the Rest and Be Thankful. Further filming has been pencilled in for elsewhere in the country.”
Immediate doubt is cast on the rumour due to the inaccuracies about the filming being for Johnson’s trilogy as there is no chance that will be in production in June. However, by June we would fully expect Episode IX to be in production. It is also known that JJ Abrams team scouted Scotland during their search for locations for The Force Awakens.
The Force Awakens producer Bryan Burk spent some substantial time in Scotland during pre-production. At that time he also attended the Scottish open casting call in Glasgow that resulted in the Scottish University student Maisie Richardson-Sellers securing the role of Korr Sella in the movie. Her first major film role. Crystal Clarke (Ensign Goode) was also discovered there, as was Brian Vernel who played Bala-Tik.
The area of Scotland rumoured in the article, is the same area recently used in Skyfall, as seen in the above video.