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OTRC: 'Star Wars: Episode VII' to film in the UK, Lucasfilm says

In this image provided by 20th Century-Fox Film Corporation, a scene from 'Star Wars' movie released by 20th Century-Fox in 1977. From left are: Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill. (20th Century-Fox Film Corporation)

"Star Wars: Episode VII" will be shot in the United Kingdom.

Lucasfilm, the company behind the franchise, announced the news on Friday, May 10. Their statement notes all of the previous six live-action "Star Wars" films have included production in the United Kingdom.

"We've devoted serious time and attention to revisiting the origins of 'Star Wars' as inspiration for our process on the new movie, and I'm thrilled that returning to the UK for production and utilizing the incredible talent there can be a part of that," Kathleen Kennedy, President of Lucasfilm, said in a statement on Friday. "Speaking from my own longstanding connection to the UK with films like 'Raiders of the Lost Ark,' 'Empire of the Sun' and recently 'War Horse,' it's very exciting to be heading back."

It was previously announced that "Star Wars: Episode VII" will be released in 2015. Walt Disney Co. chairman Alan Horn announced in mid-April that the studio plans to release a new "Star Wars" film every year after 2015.

Horn added that the studio will then alternate between films in the new "Star Wars" trilogy and previously announced spin-off films that will feature characters within the "Star Wars" universe.

Last year, Disney acquired Lucasfilm for more than $4 billion. The company later announced its plans to make a new "Star Wars" movies and in January, it was announced that "Star Trek" director J.J. Abrams had been picked to direct the first film in the new trilogy.

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