The residents of Malin Head in the north of Ireland’s County Donegal have been overcome by an influx of film crew and tourists as Lucasfilm prepare to film an important episode of Star Wars Episode VIII on the coastline, the most northerly point of Ireland.
Speaking to RTE News, Jim Mullin of Malin Head Community Association said he was amazed by the amount of traffic the area has seen. “People coming here… just to see how its made” Mullin told RTE News. “We can only imagine what it will be like when they start filming it.”
Disney’s Lucasfilm has yet to confirm that they are filming in the area but RTE News says some residents involved in the shoot have been made to sign confidentiality agreements. However, according to the Irish Mirror, Donegal County Council has confirmed that roads leading to Malin Head will be closed between May 15-17, leading some to speculate that filming will start over those dates.
“To think for one second that the Millennium Falcon is sitting on Ireland’s most northerly point, it’s next door to us” said local Hugh Farren to RTE News about a structure being built on Malin Head.
Disney’s Lucasfilm confirmed in a press release in March that it would return to the west coast of Ireland, to film more scenes for Star Wars. Skellig Michael, an island off the coast of County Kerry, was featured in Star Wars VII A Force Awakens as the hideaway of Luke Skywalker.