When it rains in the Star Wars universe, it pours. Episode VII is currently being filmed in England and a spin-off movie will also be filmed there, starting in 2015.
This announcement came via UK chancellor George Osborne who visited the sets of Episode VII and tweeted:
Mr Osborne also met director J J Abrams, Lucasfilm's Kathleen Kennedy and cast-member R2-D2 (though its unlikely actor Kenny Baker was in the suit):
The spin-off - which will be the first standalone movie in the blockbuster film franchise - could feature either rogue pilot-turned-hero Han Solo (also George Osborne's favourite Star Wars character) or bounty hunter Boba Fett, though this could simply be fanboy speculation.
The film will be directed by Godzilla's Gareth Edwards and will start filming next year in the historic Pinewood Studios in England, where Episode VII is currently being filmed. (Also read:Lupita Nyong'o is New Star Wars: Episode VII Cast Member)
Episode VII will see the return of original cast members Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C3PO) and Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), in addition to Kenny Baker. Mr Osborne's favourite character is believed to be Han Solo. (Also read:Star Wars Secrets: 10 Things Nobody Told You)
New cast members include Andy Serkis, Max von Sydow, Domhnall Gleeson and Oscar Isaac.