STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Returns to Tatooine?


A week ago we found out that Star Wars: Episode VII will also be filmed in Iceland which led many to speculate that it could stand-in for the ice planet Hoth, last seen in Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.

Now comes word from BadAss Digest, reporting that the shoot is set to start on May 14th, with location work first. Episode VII is expected to film mainly at London’s Pinewood studios, but sources are telling the site that when the cameras do start rolling it will be in Morocco where the film will shoot for two weeks, plus a possible trip to Tunisia as well. (The Tunisian Sahara was originally transformed into Tatooine — the barren planet with twin suns that was the birthplace of Anakin Skywalker, otherwise known as Darth Vader.)

It would make a lot of sense, but take this with a grain of salt as well as the idea that possible shooting in Iceland automatically equates a return to the planet Hoth from The Empire Strikes Back.

Girls star Adam Driver is most likely the main villain, the cast will be made up of familiar faces and it was also rumored that a lead actor shortlist includes Ed Speleers, John Boyega, Jesse Plemons, Matthew James Thomas, and Ray Fisher, and that Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o was in the running for a female role.

As it stands, Star Wars: Episode VII will take place 30 years after Return of the Jedi, and the J.J. Abrams-directed sequel will arrive in theaters on December 18, 2015.

Stay tuned and check out the CNN video featuring former rally driver Tahar Karya who was George Lucas‘s personal driver during the filming in Tunisia and has a personal attachment to the set.