‘Star Wars’ Set to Return to Pinewood Studios

“I’m delighted to be able to tell you that a new ‘Star Wars’ movie is already booked in,” Pinewood Shepperton CEO Ivan Dunleavy says

The Force is strong with Pinewood Studios. The U.K.-based production facility will host production on the next “Star Wars” film.

“The seventh ‘Star Wars’ movie just finished shooting at Pinewood. And I’m delighted to be able to tell you that a new ‘Star Wars’ movie is already booked in,” Pinewood Shepperton CEO Ivan Dunleavy said.

The film will be the anticipated “Star Wars” standalone film directed by Gareth Edwards, an individual with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap.

Dunleavy made the announcement as “Star Wars” robot R2D2 made his way on stage with a script.

“R2D2 was built in the U.K. 37 years ago,” Dunleavy said. “Since then, he’s spent a lot of his life in foreign studios. But now he’s back home.”

The seventh film in the franchise “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” recently finished shooting at Pinewood Studios.

Dunleavy also announced that the upcoming James Bond film will be shot at the studio as well. But for all the high-profile projects and big-name talent coming to his facility, Dunleavy emphasized that the content is created on the backs of talented industry veterans at Pinewood.

“When you think of the film business, you may think of glamour, red carpets, and stars,” he said, but that for “every star who comes through the gates at Pinewood … there are, literally, hundreds of people working long hours to produce world-class content.”

J.J. Abrams is directing “Episode VII,” which hits theaters Dec. 18, 2015.

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