Adam Driver Force Awakens character

On Force Friday, we learned that John Boyega would be employing an American accent as Finn in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but it seems the same isn’t true of his fellow Brit and co-star Daisy Ridley. Star Wars 7 News noticed that Star Wars dialect coach Andrew Jack has listed Rey’s Force Awakens accent on his website as “RP,” which stands for “Received Pronounciation.”

As Anglophenia’s Siobhan Thompson (h/t Star Wars Underworld) puts it, RP is “your standard BBC English” — the posh kind used by middle- and upper-class folks like Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch. In the Star Wars movies, it’s typically spoken by Core World characters and by people of power. What exactly that tells us about Rey is hard to say, but feel free to speculate in the comments.

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How does a nice guy like Domhnall Gleeson justify joining up with the First Order in Star Wars: The Force Awakens? The actor defended the cause in an interview with MTV:

They want everybody to be on the same page here. I don’t see what’s wrong with that. You know what I mean? Sure they’re strict, but that’s good! You know, my best teachers were strict.

Whether you buy that line of reasoning or not, it’s clear Gleeson’s General Hux is a very serious dude. Asked whether Hux flashes a single smile in the film, Gleeson responded with a laugh:

Jesus, I don’t know. Maybe. He might do. It depends where they go in the edits. They could go with the really happy dude or the more serious one. We’ll wait and see.

Watch the full interview below:

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Star Wars Episode VIII is now done shooting on Skellig Michael. On his way out, director Rian Johnson tweeted a note of thanks to the locals.

This is just the start for Star Wars Episode VIII, which arrives in theaters May 27, 2017. Keep reading for more…

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There’s been some concern over how the Star Wars shoot might impact Skellig Michael’s wildlife. Happily, Radio Kerry reports Heather Humphrey, Ireland’s Minister of the Arts, is “confident the right balance was struck between protecting the UNESCO world heritage site and allowing the filming to take place.”

The three-day shoot was monitored by experts who ensured Star Wars would not disrupt or threaten the local flora and fauna. It sounds like all has worked out for the best, and we can now watch the films without worrying that real creatures were killed to make way for fictional ones.

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Near the end of shooting on Skellig Michael, Mark Hamill hit up the Bridge Bar in Portmagee and even pulled a few pints of Guinness. See the photo evidence below (via Irish Examiner):

The locals seem thrilled to have seen him, and Hamill returned the love on Twitter:

The really interesting detail here, however, is that Hamill isn’t sporting his contractually obligated beard from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. According to one person at the bar, Hamill was expecting to get up early the next day for more shooting. Does that mean we’ll see Luke Skywalker sans beard in Episode VIII?

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Now that shooting is all wrapped up on Skellig Michael, it it appears Episode VIII may move to Greenham Common, a former Royal Air Force station. The area has hosted several productions including Downton Abbey and — more relevantly — Star Wars: The Force Awakens, where it serves as the Resistance base.

After rumors about a Greenham Common shoot circulated, a local tipster told Making Star Wars he’d come by what appeared to be setup for a Star Wars shoot. No big, juicy details as of yet, but we’ll be keeping our eyes peeled for more updates from the area.

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