Star Wars Episode VIII rumored to film in Alice Springs

At least some part of Rian Johnson’s follow-up to Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set to be filmed on the outskirts of Australia’s own Alice Springs, according to rumors circulating today.

The specific location itself is unknown but said to have been chosen specifically by director Rian Johnson.

Word is that the scenes filmed in the area will take place on an as-of-yet-unseen planet in the Star Wars universe and that these scenes will require a large number of extras.

Though still a rumor at this time, if filming for Episode 8 does come to Australian shores, it’d a big win for both Star Wars fans and our local film industry.