No Return of the Jedi? Kent Film Office denies reports quarry overlooking Bluewater to be used for latest Star Wars film
Vader could have looked like on a shopping trip to
From Darth Maul to the Bluewater mall
where film scouts were said to have been looking as a site for the
latest Star Wars film – unfortunately it seems there is
unlikely to be a Return of the Jedi.
It was reported over the weekend a disused quarry
overlooking Bluewater was to be turned into an alien planet for the
seventh installment of the Star Wars franchise.
The film is set to be released in 2015
and will be directed by JJ Abrams, who recently handled the reins
of the latest Star Trek.
But according to the Kent Film Office,
no one from Lucasfilm or Disney has been in contact regarding the
possibility of filming there.
A spokesman said: "We'd love it to be
true but unfortunately we have had absolutely nothing from the
producers of the film."
Eastern Quarry, which
overlooks Bluewater shopping centre
The site was once used for filming
The cliffs around Bluewater, then
Western Quarry, were used in Doctor Who as an alien planet in the
1972 adventure The Mutants.
John's Hole Quarry, in Stone, was used
in 1964 for the Dalek Invasion of Earth.
Jon Pertwee played the Time Lord when
the production of The Ambassadors of Death materialised at Lafarge
Cement in Northfleet in February 1970.
Plans are already under way to bring
big screen glamour to the county,
with film giant Paramount announcing last year it is to create
27,000 jobs - with one of the world's biggest theme parks.
The massive £2billion project is set
to transform the Swanscombe peninsula, between Gravesend and
Dartford, into an international tourist destination.