STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Filming in Abu Dhabi; Fans Offered Cameo Role

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Back in April we shared how the Star Wars: Episode VII sequel was “expected to be take place at some point in Abu Dhabi.”

Now comes word via THR that Abu Dhabi is officially the first shooting location for Episode VII and that the J.J. Abrams-led production is seeking to re-create the desert landscapes of Luke Skywalker’s home planet, Tatooine.

Members of the production staff have been working in the region since January, while Abrams arrived in Abu Dhabi in early May, bringing along his cast, which includes the original cast – Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO) and Kenny Baker (R2-D2) – along with new additions Adam Driver, Andy Serkis, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow and Daisy Ridley.

Moreover, a new video has debuted from the Abu Dhabi where director and one of the brand new, non-CGI, camel-like alien from the film are ready to invite one lucky person to the set of the seventh installment in the Star Wars franchise.

Star Wars: Episode VII opens December 18, 2015 and takes place 30 years after the story in 1983’s Return of the Jedi.

Watch Abrams talking about contest (via Omaze).

Camel man confirmed.

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