Additional filming for Star Wars: The Force Awakens (or perhaps Star Wars: Episode VIII) is looking to return to Skellig Michael for a few days this September according to the Irish Times:
Boatmen who were contracted for a three-day shoot for Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens last summer have been asked to provide transport for another four days, from September 13th to 16th, with a possibility of further “contingency days”. Although this falls outside the main nesting season, there are fears that seabirds will still be present.
The question this brings up is have scenes been expanded for that part of The Force Awakens? Is this just to shoot plates and gather materials so they can circumvent using the island in the future?
The shoot is and was controversial for many groups wanting to protect wildlife on the island and for others that feel their military being deployed (cost free for Disney) to protect the wildlife made the military a laughing stock.
Thanks to Dave Bollard for the heads up!