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Donegal could have an invasion to deal with for the new Star Wars franchise.

Donegal could have an invasion to deal with for the new Star Wars franchise.

The Skellig Michael islands were used in the new Star Wars movie

The Skellig Michael islands were used in the new Star Wars movie

Daisy Ridley as Rey and John Boyega as Finn in a scene from Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Daisy Ridley as Rey and John Boyega as Finn in a scene from Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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Hundreds of Star Wars fans queue outside the Movie House on the Dublin road in order to see the latest  film " The Force Awakens". Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

Hundreds of Star Wars fans queue outside the Movie House on the Dublin road in order to see the latest film " The Force Awakens". Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

Daisy Ridley attending the Star Wars: The Force Awakens European premiere in London

Daisy Ridley attending the Star Wars: The Force Awakens European premiere in London

John Boyega attending the Star Wars: The Force Awakens European premiere in Leicester Square, London

John Boyega attending the Star Wars: The Force Awakens European premiere in Leicester Square, London

Mark Hamill attending the Star Wars: The Force Awakens European Premiere held in Leicester Square, London

Mark Hamill attending the Star Wars: The Force Awakens European Premiere held in Leicester Square, London

George Lucas attending the Star Wars: The Force Awakens European Premiere held in Leicester Square, London

George Lucas attending the Star Wars: The Force Awakens European Premiere held in Leicester Square, London

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Donegal could have an invasion to deal with for the new Star Wars franchise.

Star Wars Episode Eight is to be filmed in Ulster, it has been reported.

Production location scouts for the as-yet-untitled follow-up to last year's reboot by JJ Abrams have visited Malin Head in Co Donegal, the Derry Journal has reported.

The paper says filming is expected to take place in the area in May and a number of B&Bs and holiday homes have been booked out.

Episode VII: The Force Awakens was the highest grossing movie of all time on its release in December.

Ireland has already featured in the franchise with filming taking place at Skellig Michael off the coast of Kerry.

It also featured prominently in the first released teaser for the new film.

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