Star Wars Comes to Donegal
Whatever is going on is obviously top-secret, but they've obviously been very taken with Ireland which is great," he said.
"Anything associated with Star Wars tends to turn to gold.
"It's a phenomenal global success that makes millions, if not billions at the box office, so the fact that it's come here is big news."
The film will shoot in Malin Head before returning to the southern tip, close to where scenes for Star Wars: The Force Awakens were shot on Skellig Michael's monastic hermitage in the Atlantic.