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Filming of Episode IX is drawing to a close and as the final chapter of the sequel trilogy nears its end its director J.J. Abrams – talking to the Jordanian The Royal Film Commission – has made it clear how grateful he is to be filming in the country.

“Wadi Rum is breathtakingly beautiful and the perfect location for our film. I feel extremely fortunate to have been able to shoot in Jordan. Between the warm welcome from the government and the dedication and hard work of the local film professionals, we couldn’t have had a better experience. We are enormously grateful. “

And Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy added her thanks.

“I also want to thank the Royal Film Commission Jordan, and the Army, whose tremendous support has been invaluable, and helped make this shoot possible.”

Roll on 2019, when we see so much new Star Wars content, including the results of their efforts in Jordan.