→ Today word comes that [redacted] isn’t the only actor filming scenes on Ireland’s Skellig Michael. [Redacted] is there as well, per The Movie Bit – just as some suspected due to the fuzzy paparazzi pics the other day. This is supposedly the third and last day of filming on the island. Making Star Wars has a buddy in the area.
→ Meanwhile, some WWE guy, Sheamus O’Shaunessy, is apparently also hanging out in Ireland and double negativing over Darth Vader. Okay then. (Also, if we must take this seriously, well, I’ll just leave this over here.)
→ Not Episode VII, but close enough: Spin-off screenwriter Gary Whitta is totally down with writing a Star Wars novel.
→ And even more tangentially, sequel actors Oscar Isaac and Domhnall Gleeson have nabbed some more high profile gigs.
→ The Irish Coast Guard have set up a two-mile exclusion zone around Skellig Michael, which means only the authorized are getting in. Too bad, so sad, no more set paparazzi.
Meanwhile, the international culture and heritage agency Unesco has asked for a report on the film shooting at the island, which could disrupt the breeding season of rare birds on the island.
→ Harrison Ford spotted walking sans cane in Santa Monica yesterday. You can’t tell him what he can’t do, internet.
→ Karen Gillan is talking about her wig again. This time, we learn that we’ve seen the wig already! At Comic-Con. In 2013. So… It has retractable bangs? I’m so confused.
→ Is Simon Pegg insinuating that he’s in Episode VII… But his face isn’t? Read it how you will. (Maybe he donated a wig?) My call: Protocol droid.
Okay, so THAT was adorable. Again. Below the cut, BOYEGAMAN, birds, and movie night.
The Movie Bit reports that J.J. Abrams, crew and at least one actor (who I won’t name for the particularly spoiler-wary) have arrived on Ireland’s Skellig Michael to begin three days of filming. They’re expected to be there through Wednesday. Getty Images has photos of the arrivals. Stalkertastic! (via)
“The thought of it made me so completely joyfully happy, ” Episode VIII writer/director Rian Johnson told podcast fans in Chicago Saturday night, “I wanted to to play in this world, of literally the first movie my dad put me in the car to see.” (via)
Johnson still hasn’t been officially confirmed by Lucasfilm – perhaps understandably, given where we are in the production of Episode VII – but there’s not much doubt at this point.
Karen Gillan tells the BBC that while her wig was made by the Star Wars people, and was thus present among their things, it won’t actually be in Episode VII.
They also caught up with Joss Whedon, who has been to the set and was impressed.
With just over a day left to enter A Force for Change, Kathleen Kennedy has upped the ante – the official Star Wars documentary team (!!!) will film the winner’s behind-the-scenes experience… If fans can raise another $100k before the contest closes on Friday.
Mark Hamill is looking very scruffy right now, according to pics from the London premiere of Guardians of the Galaxy. He even talks a bit about Star Wars to the BBC.
Skellig Michael, the World Heritage island off southwest Ireland is reportedly a shooting location for Episode VII, according to local news site Kerry’s Eye:
The Office of Public Works (OPW) confirmed to Kerry’s Eye this week that “Skellig Michael is being made available for a film production shoot on the island… this production is being fully supported by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and the Irish Film Board”.
The island is certainly quite picturesque, and there have been rumblings about Ireland before. Head below the cut for a locator map.