LONDON -- The next "Star Wars" movie will be shot in a galaxy far, far away from Hollywood – Britain.
Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy says the company has reached a deal with British Treasury chief George Osborne to make "Star Wars: Episode VII" in the U.K.
She said Friday that the production company was "revisiting the origins of `Star Wars'" for the new movie. Parts of all six previous movies were made in Britain.
Osborne said the announcement was "great news for fans and our creative industries."
"Star Wars" maker Lucasfilm was bought last year for $4.05 billion by The Walt Disney Co., which has announced plans for a new trilogy of films.
The first new movie, directed by sci-fi wunderkind J.J. Abrams ("Star Trek"), is due for release in 2015.
The "Harry Potter" and "Star Wars" films both have a rabid, nerdy-leaning fan base, but Harry Potter himself has never seen the original "Star Wars" films. "I know. Yeah, I know. It's really bad," Radcliffe<a href="http://blog.moviefone.com/2011/09/20/daniel-radcliffe-star-wars-harry-potter-quotes/" target="_blank"> told Moviefone</a> in 2011. "I saw 'The Phantom Menace,' and everyone's like, 'You saw that one! You didn't see the originals?!' I know! I was ten! I didn't know any better!"
The MSNBC host has apparently seen at least one "Star Wars" movie but said recently it's "the worst thing I've ever seen." When co-host Joe Scarborough protested and tried to get her to elaborate, she said, "I tried to watch, I think it was a Batman or something..."
Flockhart admitted in 2009 that she never saw her husband (then fiance) Harrison Ford play Han Solo in the original "Star Wars" movies. "I was never starstruck [by him]. I have not seen 'Star Wars,' isn't that amazing?" <a href="http://www.digitalspy.com/movies/news/a148267/flockhart-ive-never-seen-star-wars.html#ixzz2SF5whTo9" target="_blank">she said</a> according to WENN.
The man who delivered the line "It's a trap!" as Admiral Ackbar in 1983's "Return of the Jedi" never saw the original films. Erik Bauersfeld<a href="http://entertainment.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/03/29/10908379-man-who-voiced-admiral-ackbar-never-saw-original-star-wars?lite" target="_blank"> told the San Francisco Chronicle</a> last year, "I saw the face (of Ackbar) and I knew what he must sound like."
The Darth Vader Kid
Max Page, the mini Darth Vader in Volkswagen's 2011 Super Bowl commerical, admitted he never saw the movies. He has a pretty good excuse -- he was only 6 when he filmed the spot. “I’ve actually never seen ‘Star Wars,’” he <a href="http://www.accesshollywood.com/little-darth-vader-from-breakout-super-bowl-ad-unmasked-admits-hes-never-seen-star-wars_article_43408" target="_blank">told Access Hollywood</a>.
Stella on "How I Met Your Mother"
Stella's not having seen the movies powered the drama on one episode of "How I Met Your Mother." After Ted gets engaged to Stella he realizes he didn't know something important about her — that <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1256606/" target="_blank">she's never seen</a> his favorite movie. "She’s never seen 'Star Wars'?" Marshall asks. "Ted, the only people in the universe who haven’t seen Star Wars are the characters in 'Star Wars' and that’s ‘cause they lived them, Ted! That’s cause they lived the 'Star Wars'!"