Star Wars 7: ‘Thank you’ letter reveals Forest of Dean filming

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A thank you note apparently written by the new Star Wars film’s producers and sent to the cast and crew confirms that part of the movie was shot in Gloucestershire.

The letter was written to mark the final day of shooting on Episode VII.

Revealed the day after stars including Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher celebrated the end of filming in a party at London’s Science Museum, the letter sent to “the extraordinary cast and crew” of Star Wars: Episode VII, extolled their “professionalism, passion and patience”.

And then, revealingly, it added: “From the deserts of Abu Dhabi, to the Forest of Dean, to the stages of Pinewood, you have risen to every challenge and been as wonderfully kind as you are brilliantly talented.”

Star Wars Episode VII is scheduled for release on 18 December 2015.

The BBC went to Puzzlewood in the Forest of Dean in July where film crews were assembling, although nobody would confirm that it was for Star Wars.

Film and TV productions shot on location in Puzzlewood include Doctor Who, Merlin, Jack the Giant Slayer and Atlantis.

JRR Tolkien, author of Lord of the Rings, is also said to have taken his inspiration for the forests of Middle Earth from Puzzlewood.

For Star Wars fans, here at last seemed to be confirmation that the seventh film in the franchise was partly shot at Puzzlewood, near the market town of Coleford, where the cabling and uncommunicative (but “brilliantly talented”) film crew had been spotted.

The letter, which appears to have been sent by Episode VII’s producers, did not go into any more detail about what the Forest of Dean would represent.

Instead, its authors talk about their ambition “to make a film that entertains millions of people, of all ages, for generations”.

‘Wear it well, wear it healthily, wear it proudly’ it rounds off, ‘But mostly, thank you.’

Source: metro.co.uk, the independent, bbc news

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