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Star Wars director Rian Johnson has confirmed the next instalment in the series will pick up where the last film left off, on Skellig Michael.

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Meanwhile Tourism Ireland – together with three local tourism operators – attended Star Wars Celebration Europe in London this week to highlight Kerry’s involvement in the franchise.

Speaking at Star Wars Celebration Europe Rian Johnson said Episode VII was going to start right where Episode VIII one left off.

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The final scene in VII, filmed on Skellig Mhíchíl off the South Kerry coast, sees Rey, played by Daisy Ridley, encounter Jedi exile Luke Skywalker, played by Mark Hamill.

Star Wars returned to Kerry this year, this time heading west of Dingle with Daisy Ridley, Mark Hamill and Adam Driver, who plays villain Kylo Ren, all filming scenes on Ceann Sibéal and Commenoule.

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It’s speculated the Skelligs storyline will continue in the footage captured in West Kerry.

Tourism Ireland – together with three Kerry tourism operators – were also in attendance at Star Wars Celebration Europe.

REPRO FREE 15/07/2016, London – To continue to maximise the Star Wars connection with Ireland, Tourism Ireland attended Star Wars Celebration 2016 in London. Described as the ‘ultimate fan experience’, it runs over three days each year, attracting tens of thousands of dedicated Star Wars fans from around the world and providing a superb opportunity for Tourism Ireland to promote the Wild Atlantic Way and Ireland. PIC SHOWS: Emily Dodd, Tourism Ireland; Caroline Boland, Dingle Peninsula Tourism; Vincent O’Keeffe, The Moorings, Portmagee; and John O’Sullivan, The Skellig Experience Visitor Centre; on the Tourism Ireland stand at the Star Wars Celebration in London. Pic – Sam Holden (no repro fee) Further press info – Sinéad Grace, Tourism Ireland 087-685 9027

Caroline Boland of Dingle Peninsula Tourism, Vincent O’Keeffe, The Moorings, Portmagee and John O’Sullivan of the Skellig Experience Visitor Centre were all in attendance at the three-day fan showcase, which attracted thousands of fans.

Star Wars: Episode VIII opens in cinemas on December 15, 2017.