Though “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” wrapped a long time ago ahead of its December premiere, it turns out one tiny little bit of filming still needs to be done. RTE News reports that production is heading back to the island of Skellig Michael in Ireland for some reshoots.
Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphries confirmed to the outlet this week that LucasFilm had been granted permission to return to Skellig Michael – shooting which must operate under strict environmental and ecological conditions to protect and maintain the island’s status as a UNESCO world heritage site.
The location has initially rumored to serve as the home world of the Sith in the movie, but none of those reports have been confirmed and have since been replaced by just as speculative alternate rumours.
The reshoots are being limited to only the month of September and only a limited area of Skellig Michael can be entered for shooting purposes. It’s expected these will mostly serve as establishing shots of the island.
UPDATE: EW has been in contact with Lucasfilm who says the filming at Skelling Michael shortly will NOT be reshoots for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”. Instead, it will be some of the first scenes to be shot from Rian Johnson’s “Star Wars: Episode VIII”