Star Wars: Episode VIII Sets Built at Ceann Sibéal in Kerry


The first Jedi Temple, where Jedi Master Luke Skywalker sought to exile himself for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, is being recreated for Star Wars: Episode VIII Ceann Sibéal in Kerry, Ireland…

Thanks to some amazing photos from The Independant, we have some great looks at a set being constructed for Star Wars: Episode VIII, depicting the first Jedi Temple that Luke Skywalker exiled himself to, for all of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. According to the site the set consists of eight beehive-like huts that have been built on a scaffolding, that has been raised on a stage with steps going down the center. This is a recreation of the original site from Skellig Michael, which was used for The Force Awakens, and was on an actual island.

Photo Credit: The Independent

The Independent says that work on the site started roughly six weeks ago and was completed in several different stages.

"“The first of these was the laying of the 1.5km metal track to facilitate access to the clifftop, followed by the construction of the set. The latest addition has been a number of marquees.”"

Photo Credit: The Independent

As you will remember, at the end of The Force Awakens, Rey sought out Luke Skywalker to return the Skywalker familial lightsaber to the old Jedi master, on the planet of Ahch-To. That’s what these set photos depict, Ahch-To.

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If director Rian Johnson plans on filming a bulk of Rey’s Jedi training scenes on Ahch-To, then it makes sense to create the Jedi Temple on a safer plot of land. Skellig Michael, while amazingly beautiful, was notoriously dangerous and slippery for the cast and crew, during filming of The Force Awakens and some scenes of Star Wars: Episode VIII, making a new, safer set, is just good business.