Star Wars: Andor filming halted as predictable Lancashire weather hits

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Cast and crew members were forced to seek shelter on multiple occasions due to the rain

Star Wars: Andor cast and crew are battered by the wind and rain
Star Wars: Andor cast and crew are battered by the wind and rain

Filming of the new Star Wars: Andor series on the Fylde coast has ground to a halt today (May 6) due to predictably poor weather.

Cast and crew members of the new Disney+ show have been forced to seek shelter on multiple occasions, according to those at the set, as wind and rain have battered the county.

The unseasonably cold weather is expected to continue for the rest of the week and into the weekend.

Cleveleys has been at the epicentre of the excitement since the highly-anticipated TV spin-off began filming last month.

TV crews, film sets and props can be see dotted around the seafront as filming starts on the series, which will feature Rogue One’s Diego Luna and Hollywood heavyweight Stellan Skarsgard, who has starred in the likes of Pirates of the Caribbean, the Avengers Cinematic Universe, and Mamma Mia.

The cast and crew cover up as rain batters the Fylde coast
The cast and crew cover up as rain batters the Fylde coast (Image: The Bpl Bible/LancsLive)

Residents have already spotted Diego Luna, as well as Stormtroopers as the cameras get rolling.

Photographs from the resort yesterday (May 5) show them in action on set, surrounded by palm trees on the beach.

A cafe along the prom in Cleveleys – Cafe Cove – has also transformed with a Sci-Fi lick of paint for the new show.

A helicopter with a front-mounted camera has been seen yesterday as filming continued.

The AS355 helicopter is currently one of many in a fleet from Hangar Aviation Services at Blackpool airport who offer aerial filming and photography who have the privilege of looking after this air craft and the crew whilst filming takes place.

The dark blue chopper was spotted circling over Rossall beach promenade before heading out to sea.

Laura Ellinsworth from Thornton-Cleveleys, witnessed the aerial filming and said: “It’s all very exciting for our little seaside town! They were moving equipment about with cranes for the staging too this morning, including palm trees!”

Earlier this week (May 4) three mobile cafe restaurants arrived and parked behind the old Harvester restaurant on Jubilee Park.

Usually these vehicles seat more than 80 people each however the capacity is believed to have reduced due to Covid-19.

Despite the reduction however this gives a good idea of the number of cast members currently on set.

Electrics are believed to have been put in place and there are unconfirmed reports that action scenes are being filmed on the beach today.

Location hire firm Buddha Group have also been spotted setting up green screen frames and telehandlers.

Yesterday’s helicopter was spotted just days after a Bombardier Global 6000 jet, landed at Blackpool Airport at 9.35am on Sunday (May 2) having set off from Barbados in the Caribbean some 7 hours and 44 minutes earlier.