Disney Lucasfilm could soon be returning to Kerry to shoot scenes for the next Star Wars movie, Episode: VIII. It's understood the scenes will be shot on the Ceann Sibéal headland at the western end of the Dingle Peninsula next year.

RTÉ News understands that Lucasfilm surveyed the location recently and consider the dramatic cliffs near Ballyferriter ideal for the film, which will be released in 2017. 

It is believed a number of local people who have been asked to facilitate filming have already entered into confidentiality agreements with the company. Landowners on Ceann Sibéal declined to comment but it is believed filming at the cliff-top location is being planned for next April.

Cean Sibeál coming to a cinema near you?

Scenes filmed over the last two years on Skellig Michael off the Kerry coast are expected to feature in the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which will be released in Ireland on December 17.

Filming on the World Heritage Site in July of last year and September of this year proved controversial with An Taisce with archaeologists and conservation groups voicing their objections to filming at the early Christian monastery. 

The latest location, Ceann Sibéal, is also an EU designated Special Protection Area, featuring important colonies of chough, fulmar and peregrine falcon. It is understood an environmental impact assessment will have to be carried out before permission to film can be granted.

The Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, which issued the company with film permits for Skellig Michael, declined to comment on the story. 
 
"The Department has developed a strong working relationship with Lucasfilm, which conducted the three days of filming on Skellig Michael this year in an extremely professional manner," it said.

Meanwhile, new footage from next month's Star Wars: The Force Awakens premiered on the ABC television network in the US last night.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

The blockbuster opens in Irish cinemas on December 17

The minute-long clip reveals the first meeting of new characters Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Finn (John Boyega) in the JJ Abrams-directed movie.There are also teasers from a scene involving Rey and Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and battles between the Millennium Falcon and Imperial Tie Fighters.

Daisy Ridley plays Rey

Daisy Ridley plays Rey

John Boyega plays Finn

John Boyega plays Finn

In other Star Wars news, on Friday night's BBC Children in Need there will be a special sketch featuring characters C-3PO and R2-D2. The droids appear alongside Return of the Jedi actor Warwick Davis, EastEnders stars Danny Dyer and Barbara Windsor, The Apprentice boss Alan Sugar, Sherlock actor Martin Freeman and The Great British Bake Off's Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins.

The sketch was recorded before show host Terry Wogan was forced to pull out of this year's telethon on medical advice.

Star Wars on BBC Children in Need

Star Wars fun on BBC Children in Need

Watch out for an interview with John Boyega on TEN in the coming weeks.