80 mil­lion see Skel­lig in new Star Wars clip

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - NEWS -

THE new trailer for the lat­est Star Wars film ‘The Last Jedi’ – a large por­tion of which was filmed at Skel­lig Michael and Ceann Sibéal in west Kerry – is tak­ing the in­ter­net by storm.

The two minute trailer – which fea­tures Skel­lig Michael promi­nently but briefly – was re­leased at 3am on Tues­day morn­ing. Within 15 hours it had been viewed over 80 mil­lion times on pro­duc­ers Dis­ney Lu­cas­film’s YouTube, Twit­ter and Face­book pages.

Tens of mil­lions more watched and shared the clip on other en­ter­tain­ment sites and so­cial me­dia pages.

The Skel­ligs and Ceann Sibéall – which serve as the planet Ahch-To in the Star Wars uni­verse – are ex­pected to pro­vide the back­drop for much of the ea­gerly an­tic­i­pated film’s opening act.

Both lo­ca­tions re­ceived sig­nif­i­cant ex­po­sure in pre­vi­ous trail­ers how­ever this lat­est clip fo­cuses less on scenes shot in Kerry. Sev­eral scenes ap­par­ently shot on replica ‘Skel­lig’ sets built at Pinewood stu­dios did make the cut. The film is due to hit Ir­ish cin­ema screens on De­cem­ber 15.

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