It looks like a return to the most familiar of Star Wars locales is likely for Episode VII.
Last week we heard whispers of early location shooting for the next Star Wars film in Iceland, suggesting that the ice planet Hoth will return for the continuation of the saga. Hoth isn't the only planet fans would like to see again, of course, and when you're talking classic Star Wars locales, the name that's almost always first on the list is Tatooine. It's the ancestral home of the Skywalkers, the first planet you see in Star Wars and the last planet you see in Revenge of the Sith. As far as the original saga is concerned, it's home base for everything, so it wouldn't be surprising at all to see it return for Episode VII. Now a new shooting report seems to confirm our suspicions that we will indeed see Tatooine again.
Devin Faraci of Badass Digest cites a source he trusts "implicitly" who claims that principal photography for Star Wars Episde VII will begin May 14 and will kick off with two weeks of location shooting in Morocco, with shooting also possible in neighboring Tunisia. Tunisia famously served as the original Tatooine location for Star Wars, and the dilapidated sets from the original trilogy are still mostly standing there, though they're not in very good condition. Some fans have even started campaigns to restore the old sets in recent years, but Faraci speculates that director J.J. Abrams and company might end up using the disrepair of the original buildings to their advantage, and he's got a point. How poignant would it be to see an older Luke return to the ruins of childhood home?
We already knew via Disney CEO Robert Iger that production is definitely set to begin on the film in May, though Disney has only cited London's Pinewood Studios as a shooting location thus far. We don't know yet if we'll see on-set photos from the Moroccan desert, but we do know that we're just a few short weeks away from production officially kicking off on a brand-new Star Wars movie.
(Via Badass Digest)