Star Wars: Episode VIII (subtitle pending) wrapped the Irish leg of its production schedule earlier this week, with director Rian Johnson having taken his crew to a remote stretch of coastline in southwest Ireland. Although Ireland’s natural beauty makes it an ideal shooting location, it looks like some citizens have taken issue with the way the production has been conducting its affairs.
According to The National, citizens of the small village of Ballyferriter are none too happy that very few locals have been hired to work on the Star Wars set. One local business owner had this to say about what’s been happening:
“We have seen plenty of cars passing our door to go to the site but you can count on one finger the number of local people actually working there. Everything has been shipped in – it is almost completely self-contained.”
Reports indicate that there are about 450 people working on set and considering how many odd jobs are available on a film set, it definitely seems odd that the production wouldn’t employ more local citizens. Perhaps a language barrier is to blame? A predominantly rural area, Ballyferriter’s main language is still Irish Gaelic.
Still it’s not all bad news. Some locals with off-road vehicles were hired to ferry cast and crew up a temporary road leading to an exclusive film set and the area’s increased tourism certainly doesn’t hurt the local economy. Plus, everyone seems to loves Mark Hamill, who’s been described as “friendly and down to Earth” by those who have met him.
Star Wars: Episode VIII is still in production and is scheduled to hit theaters December 15, 2017. We’re sure it will perform just fine in Ireland, despite these minor disagreements.