Star Wars producers spotted filming new Disney series in Essex

Filming for a brand new Star Wars series has begun in an abandoned Essex oil refinery.

Shooting for the upcoming Disney+ Star Wars series, Andor, has been taking place right here in Essex at Coryton Refinery – an abandoned oil refinery situated in Corringham, Essex.

Andor is a US television drama series that serves as a prequel to the 2016 Star Wars film ‘Rogue One’.

The series follows the character Cassian Andor, played by Diego Luna, and it takes place five years before the events of the Rogue One film.

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The TV drama has been filming for the past few weeks and sources have confirmed the presence of both executive producers Tony Gilroy and Diego Luna for the principal photography shoot, according to Star Wars Sessions.

The website states that ‘multiple locations’ within the derelict Essex oil refinery has been utilised, which was also referenced in BBC Two drama White Gold.

Large studio lights, green screen and crew trailers have been pictured at Coryton Refinery.

Green screens and studio lighting have been erected at the refinery
(Image: Star Wars Sessions Podcast)

It is unclear what the storyline of Andor entails, but according to Star Wars Sessions, filming has been ongoing for ‘several weeks.’

Filming for the new Star Wars series began in London in November 2020, but the shooting was delayed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Andor is due to be released in 2022 and is 12 episodes long. However, the exact release date has not yet been confirmed.

Star Wars Sessions says that they will also release more details on the filming of Andor on their Star Wars Sessions Podcast at 8pm this evening (April 21).

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