In a park far, far away, Star Wars will not be film­ing

The Sunday Telegraph - - News - By Sian Har­ri­son

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

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