New Star Wars visual effects facility to open in London

One of the many great things about taking a trip to London is the chance to rub shoulders with some famous faces, as the city is home to a number of movie-based attractions and facilities.

However, the capital is about to increase its stake in the movie world when a brand new visual effects facility opens in Soho later this year.

As many people are aware, back in 2012 Disney bought Lucasfilm – the studio set up by George Lucas – and with it the rights to the Star Wars franchise, with a promise to produce several new movies in the famous series over the coming years.

Casting is currently underway for Star Wars: Episode VII, with filming expected to begin at Pinewood studios in just a few months’ time, under the direction of Hollywood big-shot JJ Abrams.

As if that weren’t exciting enough, Industrial Light and Magic (ILM), the visual effects department of Lucasfilm, has announced plans to conduct its operations for the upcoming film at the new facility in London.

Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter, ILM president Lynwen Brennan said the decision to produce the visual effects for the Star Wars movies in the British capital was taken because “we needed to expand, and London is a key place to find great talent”.

The new facility is also expected to be used to create the visual effects for several other films currently in production or in the pipeline, including the likes of the Age of Ultron, which is the follow-up to 2012’s superhero extravaganza Avengers Assemble.

All of this means that visitors to London could well see a few more celebs and famous actors wandering around the city’s streets, with plenty of movie magic going on behind closed doors right in the centre of town.

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