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WATCH: Skellig Michael looks breathtaking in new Star Wars trailer


The trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi is finally here, and Ireland’s Skellig Michael looks absolutely breathtaking in the 2-minute long clip.

The trailer was released on Friday at the Star Wars Celebration convention in Orlando, after Carrie Fisher’s daughter Billie Lourd paid tribute to her mother while wearing a Princess Leia-inspired dress by Tom Ford.

The famed actress passed away in December 2016 after suffering from a heart attack on board a flight, but will appear as Princess Leia in the The Last Jedi, as filming wrapped just a few months before she died.

Billie also recited Carrie’s famous Star Wars monologue, in which she pleads with Obi-Wan Kenobi for help, and said her mother taught her, “If life isn’t funny, then it’s just true, and that is unacceptable.”

George Lucas also paid tribute to Carrie, and Hayden Christensen, Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill all made appearances at the event.

At the end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we see Rey find Luke Skywalker on Skellig Michael, and now it looks like The Last Jedi will feature much more of the island, located off the coast of Co. Kerry.

The cast filmed on the island back in September 2015, but then returned for a second shoot in May 2016, and various location along the west coast were picked to represent the planet Ahch-to.

Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, told Independent.ie, “‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ broke box office records around the world in late 2015, bringing the magnificent scenery of Skellig Michael and the Wild Atlantic Way to the attention of millions of people everywhere.

“The fact that ‘Episode VIII: The Last Jedi’, due for release this December, was also shot on location along the Wild Atlantic Way is another fantastic coup for Irish tourism – and we’re absolutely delighted that the Wild Atlantic Way features so heavily in the first peek of the next episode, released today.

“Tourism Ireland will be taking every opportunity to capitalise on the huge publicity around the film, to whet peoples’ appetites to come and visit the Wild Atlantic Way and Ireland.”