In a park far, far away, Star Wars will not be filming
A REQUEST by the makers of Star Wars to film in Windsor Great Park was rejected amid fears fans could descend in huge numbers.
The Crown Estate refused to let the franchise film there, saying the planned scenes would not have been suitable for the 4,800-acre park in Berkshire.
Nick Day, the estate’s head of commercial operations, said: “Star Wars was just such a huge thing that the risk for the park was just too great.
“The location they were interested in wasn’t suitable for large numbers of people in there.
“We can facilitate film crews if we’re sure the risk to the park is minimal. But Star Wars is huge and there’s also massive outside interest in those sort of things. It wasn’t right for here.”
The news may come as a disappointment to some members of the Royal family, after Prince William admitted to being a “total geek” over the successful space franchise.
He and Prince Harry also duelled with lightsabers during a visit in April last year to the Pinewood Studios set of the latest film, Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
A forest at the park was used as a location in Goodbye Christopher Robin, a biopic of Winnie-the-Pooh creator AA Milne, and the park’s Obelisk Pond also featured in The Legend of Tarzan.
Stars such as Daisy Ridley who played Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens will not be filming at Windsor Great Park