Scenes for next Star Wars film could be filmed in Norway

Scenes for next Star Wars film could be filmed in Norway
Could Preikestolen be the setting for an epic battle in the next Star Wars film? Photo: Håkon Mosvold Larsen / NTB scanpix
The biggest movie studios in Hollywood are reportedly eyeing Norwegian landmarks like Preikestolen, Trolltunga, Folgefonna and Lofoten as possible locations for new blockbuster films.
And among the productions that may be filmed in Norway is the most successful movie franchise of all time, Star Wars. 
In an interview with Aftenposten, producers Tor Arne Øvrebø and Per-Henry Borch said that Norway is currently in high demand from international studios looking to take advantage of the country’s beautiful nature. 
Borch said that Pulpit Rock, or Preikestolen, the fjord- side precipice that is one of Norway's most-visited tourist attractions, is of particular interest to studios. 
“The makers of an upcoming blockbuster movie from Disney-owned Lucas Film want to use Preikestolen, or another Preikestolen-like place, as a powerful location for the final stages of production. In June and July we conducted a round of visits with these folks, mainly in western Norway, said Borch. 
According to Aftenposten, the film in question is a new addition to the Star Wars series. It didn’t  explicitly state that it would be the much-anticipated 'Episode VIII', the follow-up to 2015’s ‘The Force Awakens’ that is due to hit theatres in December 2017.
Given the known Star Wars projects that are underway, it could also possibly be a stand-alone film that focuses on Han Solo and is due for a May 2018 release. 
In addition to the Lucas Film production, Øverbø and Borch said that executives from Marvel Studios have also recently been in Norway to scout locations. The producers didn’t name any specific titles, but Aftenposten speculated that they could be referring to 'Avengers: Infinity War', which is slated for a 2018 release. 
Earlier this year, the Hollywood films 'The Snowman' with Michael Fassbender and ‘Downsizing’ with Matt Damon were filmed in various Norwegian locations. 

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