Star Wars: Episode VII is inching closer and closer to being a reality rather than a fanboy pipe dream. This week, reports broke about production on the highly anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII taking place in Abu Dhabi for four weeks of filming. The location is rumored to be doubling for the desert planet of Tatoonie in the upcoming film.
Prior to the announcement of Abu Dhabi, production on Star Wars: Episode VII was speculated to take place in Morocco, using that location as a backdrop for Tatoonie’s desert planet for two weeks of filming. Whether or not the Abu Dhabi production plans will replace those in Morocco or if both locations will now be utilized remains unclear at this time. Tatoonie has been featured in every chapter of the Star Wars saga except for The Empire Strikes Back. The long-awaited seventh entry in the Star Wars saga will be directed by J.J. Abrams and is currently scheduled for release in December 2015.
Star Wars: Episode VII is rumored to be set thirty years after the events in Return Of The Jedi. Written by Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan, famous for writing and directing The Empire Strikes Back, the latest entry in the Star Wars saga is said to follow three young new leads as well as feature quite a few rather recognizable faces. Many cast members from the original trilogy are heavily speculated to return as the older versions of their incredibly beloved characters including Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker, Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia as well as Harrison Ford to the role that made him a global icon, Han Solo. Chewbacca as well as the droids C-3PO and R2-D2 are also rumored to return in Star Wars: Episode VII though there has been no confirmation if any of them will be making the trip to film in Abu Dhabi.
Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm have so far remained very quiet about the details of the film as well as its cast. The secrecy around the film is nothing new for Abrams who is well known for utilizing mystery when it comes to marketing his projects. Films such as Super 8 and Star Trek Into Darkness as well as the found-footage monster movie he produced, Cloverfield, were all shrouded in mystery throughout their productions and marketing campaigns.
Throughout pre-production, several names have been mentioned, leading many fans to wonder if any are actually attached to the project. In the past few months, young rising stars like 12 Years A Slave’s Lupita Nyong’o, Attack The Block’s John Boyega and Adam Driver, best known for his work on the HBO series Girls, have all been rumored as possible cast members though not a single one has been confirmed by the studios.
During the past week, news broke that production is already well underway on Star Wars: Episode VII in some capacity. While J.J. Abrams has been known for his secrecy surrounding projects in the past, fans everywhere can remain hopeful that soon additional details will be confirmed regarding the highly anticipated seventh instalment. Star Wars: Episode VII is expected to move production to film in Abu Dhabi sometime in May.
By Benjamin Murray