UK Chancellor George Osbourne has praised his own tax policies for encouraging Disney to make the new Star Wars film in Britain. He described it as a vindication of his strategy of tax breaks for the creative industry.
Critics have pointed out the fact that all previous Star Wars films were also filmed in the UK and that celebrating it was about as meaningful as celebrating the fact that Eastenders was filmed in the country.
The UK is popular among film producers as a science fiction setting, because its population largely resemble Ewoks and Jabba the Hutt. Disney recently bought the rights to the successful Star Wars franchise and are planning to make a new film in the series every year.
A spokesman for the company said that they were also planning on converting one British town into a Star Wars theme park and would pay the native inhabitants to dress up as characters from the franchise. They favoured a town with an already freaky-looking population, and Norwich and Dorking were among front-runners to be the chosen location.
Disney are planning on making significant changes to the tone of the series to fit in with their other works. Rumours are rife that in the new film, Darth Vader will have mutated into a giant animated mouse, and there will be many all-singing all-dancing musical numbers. The first new film, due in 2017, is to be called "The Return of the Talking Puppies' Sparkly Robot Car".