The hotly anticipated official trailer for Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi launched this Friday afternoon 14th April and is teasing fans with sneak peeks of the plot, filmed in out of this world Irish locations on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way.
Director of Episode VIII, Rian Johnson and his location scouts were so taken with Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, that they came for two shoots. Locations from the wind-swept tip of Malin Head in Donegal, along the coast in Clare, Kerry & Cork were handpicked to represent the planet Ahch-to in The Last Jedi. And the locals were delighted when The Force came to town, extending the famous warm Irish welcome to the crew!
The trailer picks up the story from the iconic moment in The Force Awakens, when Rey finds Luke Skywalker on the stoney steps of Skellig Michael, an island off the Kerry coast and includes a stunning aerial shot of the island.
The Star Wars folks obviously enjoyed their time here. In fact, when the Irish shoot wrapped, Lucasfilm took out no less than eight thank you ads in local newspapers up and down the Wild Atlantic Way, saying the cast and crew were “captivated by the Wild Atlantic Way and their journey to Ireland.
Rian Johnson: “We were up & down the West Coast of Ireland… We miss you guys… You guys were so welcoming of us… We had a great time there and shot some beautiful landscapes”.