Melinda’s Brew: My Own Star Wars Quest (2)

Melinda's Brew

Welcome Back! Thanks for coming back for Round 2 of my favorite memories from my quest to see The Force Awakens at least 13 times in the theater [a feat I surpassed, as luck* would have it. *What would Obi-Wan say? 😉 ]. When we met earlier this month, I recounted two of my most memorable viewings, and if you’re ready, I’m set to jump right into the fray to continue where I left off. Here we go…

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Exclusive — Behind the Scenes with J.J. Abrams in Ireland [VIDEO]

Skellig Michael, Co. Kerry, Ireland Monastic Island
Skellig Michael, Co. Kerry, Ireland
Monastic Island

As anyone who has seen The Force Awakens can attest, the secluded island home Luke Skywalker has chosen for himself is dramatic and beautiful. Skellig Michael, located off the southwest coast of Ireland, was selected by director J.J. Abrams for its breathtaking and otherworldly appearance, and it certainly made a lasting impression in the final moments of the film.

Take a behind-the-scenes peek in the video below:

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Force and Faith: Jedi Lessons from Skellig Michael

Force and Faith Sabers SquareThe last time we saw our Jedi Master, he was in triumphant celebration of the destruction of Death Star II. He was also in mourning for his newly-reclaimed father. His journey as a Jedi and as a man was headed in a unique direction after these events. In the poster for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Luke is conspicuously absent. We do not know why, but speculation abounds. We do know that Mark Hamill was seen filming at a remote location in Ireland. This location will become part of our enduring fandom consciousness, just as the desert of Tunisia, the glaciers of Norway or the redwoods of Northern California have. We are talking about Skellig Michael, an ancient island in Ireland that was once home to Christian monastics.

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‘Star Wars Episode VIII’ to Film in Ireland This Month


It looks like a bit of confusion over in Ireland has been sorted by Lucasfilm, according to Entertainment Weekly. Recent reports suggested that the production for The Force Awakens was returning to Skellig Michael — the remote island off the southwest coast of County Kerry, Ireland where filming took place last year — for reshoots in advance of the December 18 release date.

Lucasfilm cleared things up with this clarification to EW:

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