'Star Wars' spinoff to be filmed in the U.K.

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A galaxy far far away may center on a kingdom pretty far from Hollywood.

Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne recently visited the set of J.J. Abrams’s Star Wars VII at London’s Pinewood studios, tweeting afterwards that the recently announced Star Wars spinoff will also be shot in the U.K. “On set of Episode VII tonight, can announce another #StarWars film will be made in UK.,” he wrote. “A #LongTermEconomicPlan in a galaxy far far away.”

Osborne later explained to the British press that the film will begin shooting in 2015, also at Pinewood studios.

The spinoff in question — becuse there are multiple movies being spun out around Abrams’s central project — will be directed by Godzilla’s Gareth Edwards. Though details of the film have not yet been announced, the script will be written by Gary Whitta (The Book of Eli) and the film is scheduled for a Dec. 2016, 3D release. EW previously reported on two possible Star Wars spinoffs: a young Han Solo film, and a movie built around the galaxy’s bounty hunters, specifically fan favorite Boba Fett.

Green screens and CGI are capable of making anywhere look like anywhere, but the decision to film in England marks another success for a series of tax incentives the U.K. has employed to draw production into the country. So while a Boba Fett feature probably won’t show the Fetts at high tea, and Han Solo will never, ever be awkward and British, the decision does mark a win for old Brittania — too bad the rebels were fighting the empire.

God save the queen emperor chancellor representative from Naboo!  (Wait, how do politics work in Star Wars again?)

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