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Star Courier (Surrey & Hants) - - NEWS - By Tom Phillips

DIS­NEY has an­nounced the ti­tle of the next Star Wars movie, some of which was filmed in Sur­rey last year.

The leg­endary sci- fi film fran­chise’s next in­stal­ment will be called Star Wars: The Last Jedi and is due for re­lease in De­cem­ber.

Although the film ti­tle hints at the pos­si­ble end­ing for the Sky­walker saga, Dis­ney has given noth­ing away of­fi­cially.

Star Wars fans can start to pre­pare their cos­tumes and feel at one with the force again when the movie hits cin­e­mas on Fri­day, De­cem­ber 15.

It looks like we could see Mark Hamill back on our screens as Luke Sky­walker af­ter the dra­matic end­ing of Episode VII: The Force Awak­ens, along with Finn ( played by John Boyega) and Rey ( Daisy Ri­d­ley).

A state­ment from Dis­ney read: “We have the great­est fans in galaxy.

“In ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the fans, we wanted them to be the first to know the ti­tle of the next chap­ter in the Sky­walker saga: Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi is writ­ten and di­rected by Rian John­son and pro­duced by Kath­leen Kennedy and Ram Bergman and ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer JJ Abrams, Ja­son McGatlin, and Tom Karnowski.”

Some of the film­ing for the new movie took place in this or any other Sur­rey in 2016. The Mil­len­nium Fal­con space­ship was spot­ted at Longcross Film Stu­dios in Chert­sey, sur­rounded by a set that ap­pears to be the is­land that the ship landed on in the cliffhanger end­ing of The Force Awak­ens on the planet Ahch- To.

It is not yet known how writ­ers, pro­duc­ers or even edi­tors will make the story work with­out Princess/ Gen­eral Leia af­ter the death of ac­tress Car­rie Fisher.

Star Wars pro­duc­tion com­pany Lu­cas­film has con­firmed in a state­ment that it will not recre­ate Fisher’s per­for­mance us­ing dig­i­tal effects.

The state­ment read: “Car­rie Fisher was, is, and al­ways will be a part of the Lu­cas­film fam­ily. She was our princess, our gen­eral, and more im­por­tantly, our friend. We are still hurt­ing from her loss.”

The new an­nounce­ment means the movie will come out a year af­ter Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was re­leased. That film is the start of the Star Wars An­thol­ogy Se­ries and took $ 986.2 mil­lion (£ 791m) at the box of­fice. Star Wars was cre­ated by Ge­orge Lu­cas, who re­leased the first film, Episode IV: A New Hope, in 1977 and re­leased a fur­ther five films be­fore sell­ing the rights to Dis­ney for $ 4 bil­lion.

The Mil­len­nium Fal­con was seen at Longcross Film Stu­dios in Chert­sey in 2016. Pic­ture: Tim Clark/ Clarky Avi­a­tion

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