Cast heads to Maldives for Star Wars shooting

The helicopter, brought into the Maldives for the shooting of Star Wars, in Laam Kahdhoo.
Cast members of new Star Wars spinoff movie are headed to Maldives as English actress Felicity Jones arrived in the island nation Monday.

The title of the film and the production company have been kept secret but Maldives tourism minister Moosa Zameer last week confirmed that a Hollywood movie was being filmed in Laamu Atoll.

Haveeru has confirmed that Felicity Jones arrived in the Maldives Monday morning while another key cast member is expected to arrive Tuesday.

Both actors along with Diego Luna, Ben Mendelssohn, Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen, Forest Whitaker, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk and Riz Ahmed had been cast in Star Wars spin-off Rogue One.

Star Wars: Rogue One cast. Left to Right: Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna, Felicity Jones, Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen Jonathan Olley ©Lucasfilm 2016

A helicopter was brought in last week for filming which is expected to be used to shoot the scenic beauty of the high end tourist destination. The helicopter was taken to Laam Atoll Kadhdhoo, the tourism minister confirmed.

According to Zameer, the scenes will be filmed in two islands in Laamu Atoll. One island is Baresdhu island, which has been designated by the government for its guest house island project.

Over 200 locals have been deployed for the shooting, Haveeru has found.

Lucasfilm confirmed the movie will tell the story of "resistance fighters who have united to steal plans to the dreaded Death Star."

Due to be released in December 2016, Rogue One is one of three standalone spin-off Star Wars movies announced by Lucasfilm last year, in addition to the three major upcoming Star Wars episode films.

Rogue One will go “into new territory, exploring the galactic struggle from a ground-war perspective while maintaining that essential Star Wars feel that fans have come to know”, according to Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy in a statement.

She added the film will take place before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope and will be a “departure from the saga films but have elements that are familiar to the Star Wars universe”.



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