Boats were due to leave the pier at Portmagee, County Kerry, to travel to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Skellig Michael for the shoot, but the 100-strong cast and crew were left without any means of travel after the ferries were cancelled in poor weather conditions.

Mark Hamill, who plays Luke Skywalker in the sci-fi movie saga, and several other stars are believed to have checked into a local hotel in the village of Waterville until the storm cleared, according to the Irish Independent.

Filming for the next installment of the saga, Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Force Awakens, is due to resume on Tuesday (15Sep15), with a limited number of helicopter flights allowed to operate to and from Skellig Michael.