Following the announcements of new casting earlier this morning, a handful of photos have been leaked from the set of Star Wars: Episode VII. From the looks of it, they to be in Abu Dhabi as it’s been reported that that’s where J.J. Abrams has taken his team to begin shooting for the project.
From the looks of it and if the location is true, this could be the shooting for Tatooine with it’s Market Place as it’s said the Star Wars Universe has gone back to it’s roots where it all started. Another speculation is that that’s where we will find Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) at the beginning of Episode VII, so this could definitely be Tatooine as that’s where Skywalker grew up, it’s even possible that this could be Mos Eisley Space Port like we saw is Esisode IV. Another great detail from the photos is that Abrams seems to be going back to the classic mold of the originals instead of the prequels, in using real life modules and props instead of CGI. That’s just a great sign, CGI in this universe is obviously needed, but what made the originals so legendary is that real props were used for every scene. Now CGI will be needed and used throughout the movie because that is what makes the movies so cool now in this day and age, but to see prop ships, hand-built buildings, and fake animals being wheeled and pushed around is just cool because that’s what the root of Star Wars is; creating a universe, not computerizing it.
And as long as J.J. Abrams is doing these movies, we won’t know a single thing about locations, photos, cast roles, or anything Star Wars until he says otherwise as he is the master at keeping his set and movies under wraps until the right moment. For now, let the speculation and rumor mill run wild!