Star Wars stamps celebrate in­volve­ment of Pinewood

New col­lec­tion from Royal Mail pre­cedes re­lease of new movie

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

ROYAL Mail is to pub­lish a set of 18 spe­cial stamps to celebrate the Star Wars se­ries of films and mark the re­lease of the forth­com­ing episode, Star Wars: The Force Awak­ens .

The stamps, which will be is­sued on Oc­to­ber 20, also com­mem­o­rate the Bri­tish ex­per­tise be­hind the hugely suc­cess­ful films in­clud­ing Pinewood Stu­dios, where much of the film­ing for the much-an­tic­i­pated latest in­stal­ment has taken place.

The stamps, il­lus­trated by Bri­tish artist Mal­colm Tween, de­pict nine iconic char­ac­ters from the first six films and three from the forth­com­ing film – Rey, Finn and Kylo Re.

In­cor­po­rated onto each stamp is a sec­ondary scene or char­ac­ter in­clud­ing new droid BB-8, il­lus­trated by Tween es­pe­cially for the stamps.

Also be­ing is­sued on Oc­to­ber 20 will be a minia­ture sheet of six stamps fea­tur­ing in­tri­cately de­tailed il­lus­tra­tions of six iconic Star Wars ve­hi­cles, brought to­gether against a back­drop of the dreaded Death Star.

The Star Wars se­ries be­gan in 1977. So far, there have been two trilo­gies of movies that have in­cluded ma­jor Bri­tish in­volve­ment.

De­cem­ber 17, 2015 sees the UK the­atri­cal re­lease of the latest in­stal­ment in the Star Wars saga, Star Wars: The Force Awak­ens, which has been filmed at Pinewood Stu­dios us­ing Bri­tish ex­per­tise in cast and crew. The two fur­ther episodes in this tril­ogy will also be filmed in the UK.

Star Wars: The Force Awak­ens will re­unite the three prin­ci­pal ac­tors from the orig­i­nal tril­ogy, as well as the robots R2-D2 and C-3PO. New char­ac­ters Rey and Finn will be played by Bri­tish ac­tors Daisy Ri­d­ley and John Boyega re­spec­tively, with ad­di­tional Bri­tish cast mem­bers in­clud­ing Gwen­do­line Christie and Andy Serkis.

Dis­ney’s de­ci­sion to base pro­duc­tion in the UK is a ma­jor con­trib­u­tor to the Bri­tish film in­dus­try. Not only is it pro­vid­ing em­ploy­ment and ex­po­sure for Bri­tish act­ing tal­ent, it also em­ploys the Bri­tish tech­ni­cal ex­per­tise in set de­sign, cin­e­matog­ra­phy, and cos­tume de­sign at Pinewood Stu­dios.

In the field of dig­i­tal spe­cial ef­fects, Lon­don is al­ready a world cen­tre and the ef­fects for the new Star Wars film have been cre­ated by the Lon­don of­fice of In­dus­trial Light & Magic (Lu­cas­film’s spe­cial ef­fects com­pany).

The UK is the third largest mar­ket in the world for the Star Wars films, and the new stamps will re­flect the pas­sion of the Bri­tish public for the movies and celebrate the ma­jor Bri­tish con­tri­bu­tion to the film se­ries.

Fans can pre-or­der the stamps and view the prod­uct range at www.royal­mail.com/ starwars. The stamps will be on sale from Oc­to­ber 20 from 8,000 Post Of­fice branches across the UK and online.

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