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Star Wars Is So Very British!

A long time ago, in a country across the Atlantic, production for a science fiction movie about a galaxy far, far away began. Today it’s one of the biggest movie franchises, hailed for its groundbreaking special effects and technology.

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In honour of Star Wars Day today and the beginning of filming of Episode VII later this month in London, we give you the UK's Star War story.

Did You Know?!

Each Star Wars film was partially filmed in the UK!

The original Star Wars trilogy was filmed at the elaborate sets at Elstree Studios also in Hertfordshire and the scenic Naboo forest in “The Phantom Menace” was shot in Whippendell Woods in Hertfordshire.Even the upcoming Episode VII will also be filmed in the UK, with production beginning this month at Pinewood Studios in London.
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The original Star Wars trilogy was filmed at the elaborate sets at Elstree Studios also in Hertfordshire and the scenic Naboo forest in “The Phantom Menace” was shot in Whippendell Woods in Hertfordshire.

Even the upcoming Episode VII will also be filmed in the UK, with production beginning this month at Pinewood Studios in London.

Made in the UK

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The Jedi Lightsaber--one of the most iconic weapons in film history-- is the result of UK innovation and creativity! Award-winning British special effects director John Stears created the energy sword used by both the Jedi order and the Sith.

Stears, along with British set designer John Barry and a UK engineering firm, created a full-scale model of the X-Wing and Y-Wing fighter ships from the original at a cost of £27,000 (that’s £178,000 in today’s money).

London Calling

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Industrial Light and Magic, the visual effects division of Lucasfilm, will open a facility in London to work on the effects for the next installment in the series.

Legendary British Talent

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There are plenty of British accents in both the original trilogy and the prequels. The characters of Darth Vader (David Prowse), Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew), C3PO (Anthony Daniels) and Obi-Wan Kenobi (Sir Alec Guinness and Ewan McGregor) are just a few fan-favourites played by British actors.

Sir Alec Guinness, who played Obi-Wan Kenobi in the original Trilogy, is the only Star Wars actor to be nominated for an Academy Award for his role in the films.

The upcoming Episode VII will also include some well-known faces, as well as some new ones from the UK, including Andy Serkis, John Boyega and Daisy Ridley.

Celebrate you must!

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Dust off your lightsabers, roll your hair in buns and May the Fourth (force) be with you. Happy Star Wars Day!

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