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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