Star Wars filming for new series kicks off just three miles up the coast from Blackpool

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FILMING for a Star Wars series is starting in a location far, far away from exotic — three miles up the coast from Blackpool.

Disney production crews have been seen setting up at North Promenade in Thornton-Cleveleys, Lancs.

Our mock-up of how Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader would look using sticks of rock to battle

And the beachfront Cove Cafe has been turned into part of the set for Andor, a 12-part prequel to the film Rogue One.

Shooting aptly starts today — with May 4 dubbed National Star Wars Day because of the film’s phrase “May the Force be with you”.

Roads in the area have been closed and anti-drone measures will be taken to avoid online leaks.

But drone operator and YouTuber Scruffy Diamond said: “Trucks have been dropping off some really cool giant palm trees.”

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Disney production crews have been seen setting up in Thornton-Cleveleys, Lancs[/caption]

New series Andor is a 12-part prequel to the film Rogue One


Filming in the Lancashire town is expected to last eight days.

It was due to take place in 2019, but was delayed and later postponed due to Covid.

Diego Luna, 41, will reprise his role of rebel spy Cassian Andor in the series, due out on Disney Plus next year.

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Diego Luna will reprise his role of rebel spy Cassian Andor in the series[/caption]

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