According to sources around the net the highly anticipated Star Wars sequel will begin filming this tuesday! Not much else in terms of concrete information is known about the production but rumours and speculation continue to run rampant around the inter-web. Just a few days ago we brought you the story of Lupita Nyong’o possibly filling in the role of one Asajj Ventress. While that rumours has yet to be confirmed or denied, today I bring you yet another nugget of information.
Courtesy of The National;
“Sources report that the sets are getting closer to completion, with a “whole world” having been built on an otherworldly salt lake at one location, a “shuttle-like” spacecraft, a large tower, a “big, centuries-old-looking market”, something the crew are reportedly referring to as the “alien house” and 10 to 15 “really fast buggies” powered by jet engines (landspeeders of Tatooine fame from the previous films, perhaps?)
We have also been told that two lorries of explosives have been brought to one of the sites under high security and that a blast crater has been created. So, it looks like the action in Abu Dhabi could be set to feature a major battle or spacecraft crash of some description.
We also learnt that a group of technicians from the United Kingdom and Los Angeles are currently on site applying the finishing touches before the shoot begins and that some, unnamed, members of the cast are already here and have been out in the dunes practising driving the vehicles they’ll be using when filming begins.”
The people over at The National have also been told that some of the cast is already bunked in hotels near the shooting location. All in all it seems like the production is about to go full steam ahead, exciting times for any Star Wars fan. Before I leave you I have one more treat, one of the first set photos from the Abu Dhabi location. While it is just a behind the scenes shot it does have some machinery akin to the giant walkers featured during the Hoth battles in the original trilogy.
Well there you have it, some rumours from around the net and a set photo hinting at what we may see in the finished product. It’s all exciting stuff, now give us the synopsis please!
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Star Wars Ep.VII is set to hit theatres December 18, 2015 and features John Boyega, Domhnall Gleeson. Oscar Isaacs, Max von Sydow, Andy Serkis, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Adam Driver, Peter Mayhew, Daisy Ridley and Anthony Daniels.