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Star Wars filmed in Scotland, according to Empire

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Image caption The latest in the Star Wars franchise will hit cinemas later this month

Some of the filming for Star Wars: The Force Awakens was done in Scotland, according to film magazine Empire.

The magazine has had access to the movie's director JJ Abrams and cast, including Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill for its latest issue.

In an online feature, Star Wars: The Force - Everything you need to know?, Empire has listed Scotland among the UK and international locations used.

There had previously been rumours the production came north for filming.

Empire's article does not say where in Scotland filming was done. Disney declined to comment on locations used.

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Image caption Original Star Wars cast members Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford have returned for the new movie
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Image caption Empire mentions filming in Scotland in its new guide to the new film

Other major productions, such as Ridley Scott's Prometheus, have been shot on Skye while Sam Mende's Bond flick Skyfall was partly shot in Glen Coe.

Pinewood Studios and RAF Greenham Common are among the well-known locations for the Star Wars film, which will be released in cinemas later this month.

Hamill, who plays Luke Skywalker, filmed scenes on Skellig Michael Island off the coast of Ireland.

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