FILMING for a new Star Wars series at a disused Dorset quarry has been cancelled – amid fears of a landslip.
Winspit Quarry, near Worth Matravers, was due to be a location for the latest series of Disney+ show, Andor, a prequel to the Rogue One film.
However, the National Trust (NT) has confirmed filming has been called off due to ‘safety concerns’.
An NT spokesperson said: “The planned filming due to take place at Winspit Quarry has been cancelled due to safety concerns following the recent turbulent weather, which has increased the risk of rockfalls and landslips.
“Visitors looking to explore the Dorset Coast are advised to follow signs and keep out of unsafe areas until further surveys have been undertaken.”
Andor follows the exploits of Cassian Andor, a scavanger who later becomes a member of the Rebel Alliance.
But sadly, the Dorset location will not be part of the story this time around, having been used in the first series – as Segra Milo.
Tracey Churcher, NT general manager for Purbeck, said: “The coast and cliffs along this stretch of the Dorset Coast, including the quarry, can be unstable and naturally liable to landslips and falls – particularly after extreme weather including heavy rainfall and hot dry periods.
“We urge people to take the time to read warning signs and follow the instructions so they can enjoy the coast safely.
“People should always stay well back from the cliff and rock edges, whether on or below them, and we ask people not to visit Winspit Quarry until our experts are confident it is safe to visit again.”
The site, which was bought by the NT in 2022, has previously featured as a location for Doctor Who and Blake’s 7.