May the fáilte be with you…

Posted by The Skibbereen Eagle | July 17, 2017 0

The Wild Atlantic Way has achieved a “major coup” as a new, behind-the-scenes teaser video for ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ has been released with stunning footage of the west coast of Ireland.

Filled with action shots and outtakes, the video features magnificent scenery from Skellig Michael and the Wild Atlantic Way.

The trailer was released on Saturday at Disney’s latest D3 convention in Anaheim, California. Sinéad Grace, from Tourism Ireland, said that previous shots of Skellig Michael, in the last Star Wars film, did a “huge amount” for the area. Ms Grace said that it was a “major coup” to have the Wild Atlantic Way feature in the video, and it was simply “good news” for tourism in the area once more. Niall Gibbons, chief executive of Tourism Ireland, said that he was “absolutely delighted” that Ireland features once again in the behind-the-scenes teaser video of the eighth Star Wars movie.

Within the clip, Rian Johnson — wearing an incredible lobster embroidered jumper — can be seen directing Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, along with many more. Mark Hamill, the Luke Skywalker actor saying of his co-star and friend: “I wish Carrie were here. She would be making me laugh and be off camera extending her middle finger – one of her favourite gestures. I really wish she were here. But, she would also want us to be having a good time and not be sad.”

The director of ‘The Last Jedi’, Rian Johnson, went to Skellig Michael with his cast in September 2015. The location scouts were so impressed with the Wild Atlantic Way that they came back for a second shoot in May 2016. Locations in Cork, Kerry, Clare and Donegal will feature in the film to represent the planet Ahch-To. The film is due to hit Irish screens on December 15 this year, and is expected to be a smash hit.

It’s just a nice bonus for Irish fans that such stunning scenery is the backdrop to so many of these scenes and that they take place in the Eagle’s backyard in West Cork and South Kerry. Locals have always said the scenery here is out of this world and Star Wars obviously agrees!

May the fáilte be with you…

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