“USE THE TAX BREAK, Lucasfilm,” you can almost hear George Osborne, in his best Yoda voice, say as he chats to Star Wars’ producers about their plans to film in the UK.
Whether that actually happened is moot (actually it’s extremely unlikely – Ed), but Osborne has been quoted expressing his delight that the new set of films under the Disney-owned brand will be made in part on this side of the pond again.
He also said that the move was “clear evidence” that incentives help to attract investment.
A statement from Lucasfilm said its executives had met Osborne to “establish an agreement” about UK film production. TS can only hope that he didn’t put together an impromptu ‘sweetheart deal’ – that would be succumbing to the dark side of the force.
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