Star Wars’ Studio Opens Singapore Production Facility

US entertainment giant Lucasfilm inaugurated its first overseas production complex on Thursday in Singapore, which will tap Asian talent to support future “Star Wars” movies and other projects. Founder George Lucas and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong attended the opening of the seven-storey building — called “Sandcrawler” after a large treaded vehicle in the original “Star Wars” movie — in a high-tech industrial park. The new building will also house sports broadcaster ESPN Asia-Pacific as well as the Southeast Asian operations of Walt Disney, which acquired Lucasfilm in 2012. (AP)


An entertainer dressed as Darth Vader from “Star Wars” walks down the corridor to pose for the media during the opening of Lucasfilm’s new animation production facility, the Sandcrawler, in Singapore January 16, 2014. (REUTERS/Edgar Su)


A Lucasfilm signage is pictured at the “Sandcrawler”, Lucasfilm’s new animation production facility, in Singapore January 16, 2014. “Star Wars” creator Lucasfilm formally expanded its creative universe on Thursday by launching its visual effects and animation hub in Singapore that works on Hollywood blockbusters and bolsters marketing efforts in fast-growing Asia. (REUTERS/Edgar Su)


George Lucas (left) and Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (2nd L) review Stormtroopers at the opening of Lucasfilm’s new production facility, the Sandcrawler in Singapore on January 16, 2014 (AFP Photo/Roslan Rahman)


George Lucas (left), Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (centre) and Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, unveil a statue of Yoda at Lucasfilm’s new production facility, the Sandcrawler in Singapore on January 16, 2014 (AFP Photo/Stefanus Ian)


The exterior of the “Sandcrawler” building is seen, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 in Singapore. The “Sandcrawler” building, aptly named due to its resemblance to a large vehicle featured in the original “Star Wars” film, is home to the regional headquarters for Lucasfilm Singapore, The Walt Disney Company (South East Asia) and ESPN Asia Pacific. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)


Employees walk through the courtyard of the “Sandcrawler” building, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 in Singapore. The “Sandcrawler” building, aptly named due to its resemblance to a large vehicle featured in the original “Star Wars” film, is home to the regional headquarters for Lucasfilm Singapore, The Walt Disney Company (South East Asia) and ESPN Asia Pacific. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)


A member of the press photographs characters from the movie “Star Wars” during the opening ceremony of the “Sandcrawler” building, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 in Singapore. The “Sandcrawler” building, aptly named due to its resemblance to a large vehicle featured in the original “Star Wars” film, is home to the regional headquarters for Lucasfilm Singapore, The Walt Disney Company (South East Asia) and ESPN Asia Pacific. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)


“Star Wars”creator George Lucas poses with characters from the movies “Star Wars” during the opening ceremony of the “Sandcrawler” building, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 in Singapore. The “Sandcrawler” building, aptly named due to its resemblance to a large vehicle featured in the original “Star Wars” film, is home to the regional headquarters for Lucasfilm Singapore, The Walt Disney Company (South East Asia) and ESPN Asia Pacific. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

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