Star Wars is a 'force' for UK jobs

Chancellor George Osborne has hailed a decision to film the new Star Wars movie in England as a major jobs boost for Britain's creative industries.

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Osborne shows his relaxed side over Star Wars

Chancellor George Osborne could not stop himself from making a joke after announcing that the new Star Wars film would be made in the UK – and found it quite funny.

He said: “It’s great news that one of the most famous film franchises is coming to the United Kingdom...

“I got personally involved in trying to persuade the Lucasfilm to bring Star Wars to the UK so I’m absolutely delighted.

“And it looks like the force is strong with this one.”

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Labour's Chuka Umunna hails Star Wars boost

Shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna has joined Chancellor George Osborne in welcoming the announcement that the new Star Wars film will be made in the UK.

Han Solo fan Osborne hails Star Wars confidence boost

Played by Harrison Ford, the Chancellor's beloved Han Solo is a smuggler who joins the rebel alliance to topple the galactic empire. Credit: Film Fox/DPA/PA Wire

Chancellor George Osborne has said the return of the Star Wars franchise to Britain is a "fantastic vote of confidence" for the UK and its creative industries.

Speaking at the meeting of G7 finance ministers in Buckinghamshire, Mr Osborne was also pressed on his favourite Star Wars character.

"The specific answer to your question is of course Han Solo," he told reporters.

Osborne wants more British-made box office films

The much-anticipated seventh episode of the Star Wars series will begin production in Britain next year. Credit: Jeff Moore/Empics Entertainment

Chancellor George Osborne met with Lucasfilm representatives earlier this year to work on a deal to make the latest Star Wars film in the UK.

Hailing the decision as a fresh coup for British tax breaks, Mr Osborne said the "announcement that the next Star Wars film will be shot and produced in the UK is great news for fans and our creative industries".

He went on: "It is clear evidence that our incentives are attracting the largest studios back to the UK. I am personally committed to seeing more great films and television made in Britain."

Osborne: 'May the force be with us' with Star Wars coup

Disney announced three new Star Wars films in October 2012, when it purchased George Lucas' Lucasfilm company for £2.7 billion.

The news was welcomed by Chancellor George Osborne who tweeted: "Great news for our creative industries. May the force be with us."

Star Wars: Episode VII, which is being made by director JJ Abrams, will further boost the British film industry that has been regenerated by the popular James Bond and Harry Potter film franchises.

The Star Wars franchise has grossed more than £2.9 billion at the worldwide box office since the first film was released in 1977. The latest instalment is scheduled to be released in 2015.

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New Star Wars movie to be filmed in England

Darth Vader, Stormtroopers and R2-D2 in Central London. Credit: Jeff Moore/Jeff Moore/Empics Entertainment

Filming of the new Star Wars movie will take place in England, returning the franchise to its British roots, Disney's Lucasfilm said on Friday.

"We've devoted serious time and attention to revisiting the origins of 'Star Wars' as inspiration for our process on the new movie, and I'm thrilled that returning to the UK for production and utilising the incredible talent there can be a part of that," Kathleen Kennedy, Lucasfilm president, said.

The six previous Star Wars films were all partly filmed in the UK at famed studios including Pinewood, Elstree and Shepperton.

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