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Irish WWE fighter could be playing Darth Vader in new Star Wars film

Meanwhile there are new pictures from Skellig Michael.

Updated 6.15pm

IRISH WWE WRESTLER Sheamus O’Shaunessy is staying cagey about reports that he’s playing Darth Vader in the latest Star Wars instalment.

Responding to a story in today’s Irish Mirror which hinted that he might have signed on to play some version of the Star Wars villain in JJ Abrams’ movie O’Shaunessy said:

O’Shaunessy has previously played the character of Vader on a promotional tour for episode one of the Star Wars franchise.

He had posted a picture of himself at the Cliffs of Moher yesterday, saying he was on his way to Skellig Michael where Abrams and his crew are filming scenes for Star Wars VII.


However Shaunessy was spotted having dinner in a restaurant on Dublin’s George’s Street last night. The plot thickens.

There’s confusion over whether or not Darth Vadar is even going to appear in the latest instalment of Star Wars (in the form of a flashback).

The original Vader costume maker posted a Facebook status earlier this month saying that he was back working on the set, but then deleted it.

Brian Muir said at the time that he was under a “strict contractual agreement not to reveal any details” reports StarWars7News.com.

James Earl Jones, who played the voice of Darth Vader said in May that he would not be returning to the franchise.

Jones’ fellow Star Wars veterans Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill are all involved though, with Hamill in Co Kerry at the moment filming scenes on Skellig Michael.

TheMovieBit.com has captured footage and images of cast and crew travelling to and from the island off the coast of Portmagee and Valentia:

Source: themoviebit/YouTube

base Base camp on Valentia Island

chop A passenger helicopter and one with a mounted camera

crew Crew arriving back to the mainland after a day filming on Skellig Michael yesterday

navy Naval ship patrolling the area amid high security

sec Security stationed in fields around base camp

All images used with the permission of TheMovieBit.com 

Here’s everything we know so far about Star Wars filming in Co. Kerry>

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