Millennium Falcon lands on Irish coast for Star Wars filming

A photo posted to Twitter said to be of the Millennium Falcon set.
A photo posted to Twitter said to be of the Millennium Falcon set.PHOTO: TWITTER

MALIN HEAD, Ireland (REUTERS) - From a galaxy far, far away to the rugged coast of Ireland - the Millennium Falcon has landed in Donegal for filming of the next Star Wars film, local media reported.

A set resembling Han Solo's spaceship could be seen from afar atop cliffs at Malin Head, Ireland's most northerly point, as filming on the Star Wars: Episode VIII is set to begin in the area on Friday, according to Irish media.

The movie continues the hugely popular sci-fi saga after last year's The Force Awakens, which also featured Irish scenery in the closing scenes.

Star Wars: Episode VIII, which began filming in London in February, is due for release in December 2017.