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'Star Wars Set' Being Built In Rural Village Outrages Residents

Rebecca Shepherd

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'Star Wars Set' Being Built In Rural Village Outrages Residents

Residents of a rural village have been left outraged as a rumoured Star Wars set is being build in a former quarry site.

Dozens of complaints have been raised from people living in Little Marlow, Buckinghamshire, after council officials are thought to have let Disney use the area for the Obi-Wan Kenobi spin-off TV series.

It is believed the set for the show - starring Ewan McGregor - could be in place for three years.

Pictures show the site under constructions beside a lake, consisting of dozens of small buildings forming what seems to be a town. There's also a host of marquees which are thought to be production facilities and dressing areas.

Credit: CLICK NEWS AND MEDIA
Credit: CLICK NEWS AND MEDIA

A source told The Sun: "This is a massive production and a hugely lucrative franchise - but obviously not everyone locally is pleased to see Disney moving in.

"It might generate some jobs, but this is a pretty rural area which has always been quiet and peaceful - the thought of turning it into some sort of intergalactic war zone to make TV shows is horrifying.

"The set is massive, with great big buildings on it alongside loads of heavy duty machinery coming and going - it's just totally out of keeping with the countryside vibe here and people are up in arms about it."

Concerns from locals about the set were first raised in November last year, with resident Martin Braint telling Bucks Free Press: "We're in a conservation area and it is not good for the lake, the wildlife and the locals with the noise and the light pollution, and one of my neighbours has a spotlight shining through her bedroom window at around 5.30am.

"But the council have now started discussing the situation with us [the residents], and things have improved because we mentioned it.

Credit: CLICK NEWS AND MEDIA
Credit: CLICK NEWS AND MEDIA

"The main reason for the way the locals were feeling was because it was going to be long term, when we first thought it was going to be for a few months, which is great and exciting as something is going on in the village.

"But because of the long-term effect on the country park, the noise we didn't expect, and the marquee in the field and the spotlights, this caused a lot of alarm in the village."

Charles Brocklehurst, interim head of special projects on Buckinghamshire Council, said at the time: "We have had extensive dialogue with residents in recent weeks and have responded in full to the concerns they've expressed.

"My take on it is that those concerned are okay with the steps the film company are taking to reduce their impact.

"It's not the actual film set that has given rise to these concerns but the ancillary facilities in the adjoining field (which is not council owned)."

The new Obi-Wan Kenobi series will begin production in March and does not yet have a premiere date.

LADbible has contacted Lucasfilm for a comment.

Featured Image Credit: CLICK NEWS AND MEDIA

Topics: Star Wars, Entertainment, TV and Film

Rebecca Shepherd
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