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The latest Star Wars film is to be made in the UK, producer Lucas film has said.

The seventh movie in the sci-fi series is due to start production next year and is scheduled for release in 2015.Filming on previous Star Wars also took place in Britain at studios including Elstree, Shepperton and Leavesden.Chancellor George Osborne met executives from Disney-owned Lucasfilm in London earlier this year to discuss the plans and the production is thought to be eligible for a tax break.

In a statement, Kathleen Kennedy, Lucasfilm president, said: "We've devoted serious time and attention to revisiting the origins of Star Wars as inspiration for our process on the new movie, and I'm thrilled that returning to the UK for production and utilising the incredible talent there can be a part of that."

The company said representatives from Lucasfilm met with Mr Osborne "to establish an agreement to produce Star Wars in the UK".

Mr Osborne said: "Today's announcement that the next Star Wars film will be shot and produced in the UK is great news for fans and our creative industries, and it is clear evidence that our incentives are attracting the largest studios back to the UK.

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"I am personally committed to seeing more great films and television made in Britain."

Warwick Davis, who played an Ewok in 1983's Return of the Jedi, said the announcement was great for the British film industry, and for British actors.

"I think that it's Star Wars coming back to its roots, it's where it started all those years ago in 1976," he said.

"It's really where Star Wars was kind of born I suppose, and it's nice that it's coming back."

In recent years hundreds of films have benefitted from tax relief, which require that at least 25% of the total production expenditure takes place in the UK.Relief can be claimed on production expenditure in the UK, up to a maximum of 80% of the total budget. Pinewood and Ealing studios were also used for production of previous Star Wars films.

The 1977 original, the Empire Strikes Back in 1980 and Return of the Jedi in 1983 were shot at UK studios, as well as on location across the world.The series was revived in 1999 for three prequels. Studio production on the Phantom Menace took place at Leavesden studios in Hertfordshire, with Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith filmed in both the UK and Australia.Lucasfilm has not confirmed where the new film would be made but Star Wars fans website Jedinews has speculated that Pinewood studios may be one of the sites. Earlier this month, the Sun newspaper also reported that scenes would be shot in the Highlands and the Isle of Skye.

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Disney has said a new Star Wars film will appear yearly from 2015, alternating between new episodes in the space saga and spinoff character films. The announcement, made at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, was reported by Comingsoon.Star Trek director JJ Abrams will begin the new cycle of movies with Episode VII, from a script by Little Miss Sunshine writer Michael Arndt.Star Wars creator George Lucas sold his film production company Lucasfilm to Disney last year for $4.05bn (£2.5bn).

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