The Office of Public Works in County Kerry Ireland has confirmed that Disney and LucasFilm's highly-anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII will shoot on the Skellig Michael Island, which is 11.6 km off the coast of Kerry. Here's what an unidentified OPW official had to say in a statement.
"Skellig Michael is being made available for a film production shoot on the island... this production is being fully supported by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and the Irish Film Board."
It isn't known when production will take place in Ireland, or what scenes will be shot there. The island is the largest of the two Skellig islands, which is home to a Christian monastery that was built somewhere between the 6th and 8th centuries. It has been abandoned since the 12th Century, and the monastery is currently listed on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage List, which conserves historical sites of historical and cultural significance.
Production on Star Wars: Episode VII started in Abu Dhabi this May before moving to Pinewood Studios in London, where shooting is still under way, under the direction of J.J. Abrams. We'll keep you posted if more details about this Ireland shoot are made available.