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Star Wars: Episode VII Will Film On One Of The Most Beautiful Islands You Can Imagine

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Skellig MichaelThe Star Wars movies may be set in a galaxy far, far away, but the filming locations are all very, very Earth-bound. You can actually visit the California Redwoods that double as the forest moon of Endor, or the desert sets in Tunisia, at least until encroaching sand dunes reclaim the artifacts. Now you can add another destination to your tourist itinerary as J.J. AbramsStar Wars: Episode VII has rented an island off of the coast of Ireland for part of their shoot. It must be nice to be able to rent an island, especially one this cool.

The Irish Independent reports that Disney and Lucasfilm have acquired the proper permits from the Office of Public Works to film on Skellig Michael. A World Heritage site, the island sits in the Atlantic Ocean 11. 6 kilometers off of the west coast of the Iveragh Peninsula, which is part of County Kerry. I have no idea what that means either, aside from the fact that this is an island in an ocean.

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Game Of Thrones’ Gwendoline Christie May Be Officer Material In Star Wars: Episode VII

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BrienneEpisode VII rumors have been flying fast and furious in the days leading up to Comic-Con, with Badass Digest tossing out a ton of huge rumors revolving the plot and characters of J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Star Wars sequel. Now they’re at it again, this time offering up a new rumor and some speculation about who Game of Thrones actress Gwendoline Christie will be playing. If you’re trying to remain as unspoiled as possible, well, what are you still reading this for?

SPOILERS AHOY!

So, you remember Princess Leia’s crack about Luke being a little short for a stormtrooper? Well, apparently the Empire likes their COs tall as well, because now Badass Digest is claiming that the 6’3 Christie will be playing an antagonist in Episode VII, specifically one who’s pursuing John Boyega’s character, more specifically an Imperial officer of some sort. See, the recent round of rumors began with BD’s claim that the action in Ep VII would kick off with Boyega and Daisy Ridley’s characters coming across a severed hand clutching a lightsaber — a discovery that puts them on a path to meet Han Solo and Chewie, and eventually to take part in a search for Luke, who has been missing for most of the 30 years since Return of the Jedi.

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John Boyega’s Star Wars: Episode VII Character May Have Just Been Revealed

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John BoyegaOver the weekend some potential plot details for Star Wars: Episode VII hit the airwaves—not the first, certainly not the last we’ll encounter before the movie drops December 18, 2015. We’ll have to wait and see if any of these rumors come to pass, but now some additional bits concerning the identity of one of the film’s leads have found their way into the public sphere.

There are SPOILERS beyond this point, you may want to STOP READING if you’d rather not know about this sort of thing. And again, these are unconfirmed rumors and should be treated as such, but that doesn’t mean they won’t ruin your day.

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J.J. Abrams Shows Off An X-Wing, Offers Chance To Host Episode VII Screening

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A few months back, J.J. Abrams released a video from the set of Star War: Episode VII, using the platform to announce a Star Wars: Force For Change, a charity to raise funds for the United Nations Children’s Funds (UNICIEF). Not only did this offer fans to do something that can potentially help millions of kids around the globe, it revealed some of the cool practical special effects from the movie, and offered them the chance of a lifetime, to actually be in the movie. Well Abrams is back at it, releasing new Force For Change video, providing one more behind-the-scenes look at the film, and offering another one of a kind opportunity for fans.

Force For Change has already been an incredible success. In the first 24-hours, they raise more than a million dollars for UNICEF’s Innovation Labs, a series of 14 ventures with an aim to develop sustainable solutions to many of the most pressing issues faced by children around the world, like health, nutrition, water, and education.

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Star Wars: Episode VII Plot Details Reveal The Main Character And Secret New Threats

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Luke SkywalkerStar Wars: Episode VII is kind of a big deal, you probably guessed that. It’s also a huge secret. Director J.J. Abrams, Disney, and Lucasfilm kept the cast under wraps until they were just about ready to get the cameras rolling, and the plot has been more heavily guarded than many classified government documents. But just like there are leaks in government agencies, there are leaks from the London-based set of Episode VII, and the latest rumors floating around may give you an idea of what the story of the latest addition to the Star Wars canon may look like.

Stop reading if you don’t want to encounter SPOILERS. Things are intentionally vague, but still, it could ruin things for you, so you may want to STOP READING now. You’ve been warned.

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Ian McDiarmid Won’t Be In Episode VII But Thinks He’ll Return To Star Wars

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PalpatineAs expected, there have been tons of rumors swirling around in regards to J.J. AbramsStar Wars: Episode VII. Most of them concern what the plot could look like, who might be hunting whom, and whether or not certain characters will be back for another trip around that galaxy far, far away. Now one former cast member has come out and said that, while he won’t appear in Episode VII, he still thinks that he might revisit his character in future installments.

Talking at the recent London Film and Comic-Con, Ian McDiarmid, who fans will remember played evil, intergalactic dickweed Senator Palpatine, specifically quashed rumors that he would reprise the villainous role. He said, “I’m definitely not in Episode VII.”