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Warwick Davis announces he will be in Star Wars VII

Actor and household name Warwick Davis has confirmed he will appear in the next Star Wars film, currently being filmed at London's Pinewood Studios.

The 44-year-old announced via a comedy video on YouTube that he will be appearing in Star Wars: Episode VII, following on from roles in two previous installments of the saga.

Davis has already played Wicket the Ewok in 1983's Return Of The Jedi and he took the roles of Weazel and Wald in The Phantom Menace in 1999.

No details of the plot for the new instalment have been released, but it is set 30 years on from the events of the 1983 film Star Wars: Episode VI - The Return Of The Jedi.

Original Star Wars actors Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker are back and will be joined by new cast including Adam Driver, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Lupita Nyong'o and Max von Sydow.

Pinewood Studio plans rejected

The 15-year project would have seen the building of studios, stages and streetscapes at the site in Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire. Credit: Pinewood Studios

Plans for a £200 million expansion of Pinewood Studios have been rejected by councillors in Buckinghamshire, who said it was "inappropriate" for Green Belt land.

The scheme included homes which could double as film sets.

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Pinewood unveils £194 million studio plans

The film studio business which recently housed blockbusters Les Miserables and James Bond has submitted new plans to double the size of its historic site.

Pinewood Shepperton said it needed to expand its Buckinghamshire facilities to meet growing demand from Hollywood.

The group said the £194 million investment would create 3,100 new jobs and add a further 100,000 sqms of stages, workshops and streetscapes.

The new application has been submitted to South Bucks District Council after a five-year battle to create its original "Project Pinewood" plan.

The plans were rejected by an inspector from the Department for Communities and Local Government last January. Chief executive Ivan Dunleavy said: "Global demand for filmed entertainment is increasing and the UK remains one of the leading destinations to produce creative content."

Shepperton Studios Credit: PA