Following reports that “Star Wars: Episode VIII” would begin shooting last week, poor weather and sea swells made the film’s location on Ireland’s Skellig Michael inaccessible and temporarily pushed back production, the Irish Examiner reports. However, the cast and crew — including Mark Hamill, known for his role as Luke Skywalker — are back in action and filming is slated to return to schedule.
This wouldn’t be the first time Ireland’s weather caused a spot of trouble for the “Star Wars” films. According to Daily Mail, Hamill almost took a nasty spill at Skellig Michael last year and would have been a “goner” if not for a fast-acting guide who caught him when he fell. Nevertheless, Hamill has returned to film “Star Wars: Episode VIII” and brought his family with him, as his son was seen checking into a local hotel.
Little is known about the sequel to “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” though it’s been reported that Benicio del Toro has been offered a role for the film, likely as a villain. “Force Awakens” actors Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac and John Boyega are also expected to return.
Directed by Rian Johnson, the as-yet untitled “Star Wars: Episode VIII” is scheduled for release on May 26, 2017. Before that, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” opens on Dec. 18.
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