The makers of the Stars Wars movies have chosen Co Donegal to film their next scenes in Ireland.
Location scouts secretly visited Ireland’s most northerly point at Malin Head last October.
And now it has been confirmed that Lucasfilms are expected to return to Donegal in May to shoot at locations in the area.
Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Joe McHugh, confirmed to Donegal Daily that he was aware that negotiations are at an advanced stage to filming scenes in the area.
“There are still a few things to be sorted with the Department including foreshore licenses but I’m confident that will be taken care of.
“This will be a massive opportunity to promote the area globally and while there still a few i’s to be dotted and t’s to be crossed, I would welcome it.
“I would also see it as a superb opportunity to highlight the Wild Atlantic Way and all it has to offer,” he said.
The latest instalment of the Stars Wars story ‘Episode VII: The Force Awakens’, the world’s highest grossing movie, was partially filmed on the Kerry island of Skellig Michael.
The cast and crew are currently filming the first scenes of ‘Episode VIII’ in Kerry.
Filming in Co Donegal is expected to last more than a month.
But the tourism spin-offs from the locations to be included in the latest Star Wars epic, are expected to be huge.
Already a number of bed and breakfasts and rental home sin the Malin Head area have been booked out by film crews working with Lucasfilms.