Sunshine and calmer seas have allowed cast and crew to get onto Skellig Michael today to begin filming scenes for Star Wars VIII.
Following the departure of boats and helicopters with equipment this morning, it’s anticipated that some of the main actors will be taken to the island this evening.
It’s widely believed that among them will be Mark Hamill who plays Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars franchise. The torrential rain and high winds of yesterday have yielded to bright sunshine and almost pristine conditions at sea today off the south Kerry coast. Having being stymied by choppy seas yesterday, boats departed the pier at Portmagee early this morning carrying equipment for the shoot. There has also been some helicopter activity between the Skellig Rock and a helipad at a site on nearby Valentia Island. Mark Hamill’s son, Nathan was photographed checking into the Butler Arms Hotel in Waterville yesterday, prompting speculation that his father will be on set in the coming days. If that is the case, it confirms that the world heritage site will provide a backdrop for scenes in a second Star Wars instalment, due for release in 2017. There’s barely a bed to be had in Portmagee, with over 100 crew and cast having block-booked accommodation for the duration of the shoot. Some sources suggest the principal actors are staying in five-star accommodation in Killarney.