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Star Wars: Episode VIII to film at Pinewood Studios

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May the Fourth isn’t disappointing in offering information about the future of Star Wars. But rather than news about The Force Awakens,  the latest reveal concerns another upcoming entry in the series. Two other Star Wars films will debut before Star Wars: Episode VIII hits theaters in 2017, but a U.K. politician has announced that the film will shoot at Pinewood Studios in London. Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, the British Cabinet minister in charge of finances (think Secretary of the Treasury), tweeted out earlier today the news that Episode VIII will be shot at Pinewood and bring 3,000 jobs to the U.K. Pleased to announce #StarWarsVIII will be filmed here in UK @PinewoodStudios – great news for @starwars fans & our UK creative industries — George Osborne (@George_Osborne) May 4, 2015 Episode VIII to be #MadeinBritain, bringing 100m investment and 3,000 jobs here. #MayThe4thBeWithYou — George Osborne (@George_Osborne) May 4, 2015 Little is known so far about what Episode VIII will entail, but it will continue the trend of this new series of Star Wars films shooting at the famed British studio space, as The Force Awakens also shot there. Other major franchises that call Pinewood home include James Bond and Harry Potter. In the meantime, The Force Awakens will release on Dec. 18, while Star Wars: Rogue One will debut in 2016. Episode VIII is currently set to be written and directed by Rian Johnson. Representatives for Disney and Pinewood did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Subscribe to EW today and get your choice of our exclusive Star Wars tote bag FREE!