The Death Star comes to Dorset on the set of new Disney+ series Star Wars: Andor

Filming continued in a coastal hotspot far, far away on Saturday as work resumed on the set of the new Disney+ series, Star Wars: Andor.    

Winspit Quarry in picturesque Dorset served as the unlikely setting for intergalactic conflict, with a small production team endeavoring to transform the derelict location into a futuristic setting. 

Boasting prime, panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and surrounded by imposing cliffs and jagged rock formations, the site is based at the eastern end of Dorset’s historic Jurassic Coast – a popular destination for holidaymakers. 

New location: Filming continued in a coastal hotspot far, far away on Saturday as work resumed on the set of the new Disney+ series, Star Wars: Andor

Perhaps with its breathtaking scenery in mind, a small area close to the sweeping coastline had been cleared to make way for the forthcoming show’s latest location shoot.   

Notices strategically placed on hilly footpaths close to the quarry indicated it would be closed to visitors from April 26th to May 25th – giving the crew a month long window in which to film.  

Work on the new series is already well underway, with a beachfront cafe in the Lancashire town of Cleveleys recently transformed into a futuristic building for the upcoming Rogue One prequel. 

Here we go: Winspit Quarry in Dorset served as the unlikely setting for intergalactic conflict, with a small production team endeavoring to transform the derelict location

Here we go: Winspit Quarry in Dorset served as the unlikely setting for intergalactic conflict, with a small production team endeavoring to transform the derelict location

Stunning: Boasting prime, panoramic views of the Atlantic and surrounded by imposing cliffs and jagged rock formations, the site is based at the eastern end of Dorset's Jurassic Coast

Stunning: Boasting prime, panoramic views of the Atlantic and surrounded by imposing cliffs and jagged rock formations, the site is based at the eastern end of Dorset’s Jurassic Coast

Star Wars: Andor will see Diego Luna reprise his role as Captain Andor in a plot that will explore the early days of the Rebellion against the Empire and events leading up to those seen in the 2016 film.

Set five years before the Battle of Yavin, fans will be able to see the Empire in its full glory after being in power for around 14 years following the events of The Revenge Of The Sith.

While plot details have been kept under wraps as is expected of any Star Wars project, it has previously been stated that the show will be an espionage thriller. 

This looks promising: Various props were seen scattered around the abandoned location  on Saturday

This looks promising: Various props were seen scattered around the abandoned location  on Saturday 

All set: A small tent had been erected close to some dilapidated buildings that will no doubt feature in the new series

All set: A small tent had been erected close to some dilapidated buildings that will no doubt feature in the new series 

Coming soon: Set five years before the Battle of Yavin, fans will be able to see the Empire in its full glory after being in power for around 14 years following the events of The Revenge Of The Sith

Coming soon: Set five years before the Battle of Yavin, fans will be able to see the Empire in its full glory after being in power for around 14 years following the events of The Revenge Of The Sith

LucasFilm also confirmed previous reports that Stellan Skarsgård and Kyle Soller had been cast in the show, while they also revealed that Rogue One co-writer Tony Gilroy would write, direct and act as showrunner for the series.

It was also announced that House Of Cards showrunner Beau Willimon, Nightcrawler director Dan Gilroy, and The Americans writer Stephen Schiff would also be part of the show’s writing team.

In April 2020, Diego spoke in delight about the forthcoming Rogue One prequel show as he took part in a live Q&A with IndieWire via Instagram.

Stay away: Notices strategically placed on hilly footpaths close to the quarry indicated it would be closed to visitors from April 26th to May 25th - giving the crew a month long window in which to film

Stay away: Notices strategically placed on hilly footpaths close to the quarry indicated it would be closed to visitors from April 26th to May 25th – giving the crew a month long window in which to film 

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