ILM are moving to Blighty! The visual effects division of Lucasfilm are to open a facility in London to work on the effects for the new Star Wars movies and more.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, its 200 staff will also work on other films produced in the UK.
These include Age of Ultron, the follow-up to 2012’s Avengers Assemble.
Star Wars: Episode VII is expected to start shooting in May at Pinewood studios under JJ Abrams’ direction.
Roger Guyett will supervise the visual effects for the new Star Wars film, having previously worked with Abrams on his Star Trek films.
Guyett also worked on Revenge of the Sith, the third of the three Star Wars prequels that Lucas directed between 1999 and 2005.
The Hollywood Reporter quotes ILM president Lynwen Brennan as saying the new facility will be “a full service studio” with an “end-to-end visual effects and computer graphics pipeline”.
“We needed to expand, and London is a key place to find great talent,” continued Brennan, who has been with Lucasfilm since 1999.