Star Wars: Episode VII Starts Filming In Abu Dhabi On May 13
Posted by Joseph Lee on 05.10.2014
It's really happening...
The National reports that Star Wars: Episode VII will begin shooting in the Abu Dhabi desert on Tuesday. It is expected to last until the end of the month (almost three weeks, depending on problems like sandstorms). Those hoping to see the filming will not get a chance, as police and army are checking all vehicles to make sure that anyone who isn't supposed to be there is forced to leave.
The sets are almost finished, with a "whole world" built on a salt lake in one location and a "shuttle-like" spacecraft, a large tower, a "big, centuries-old-looking market" (which would seem to confirm the return of Mos Eisley), something called "the alien house" and 10 to 15 "really fast buggies" powered by jet engines (possibly landspeeders). Two trucks of explosives have been taken to the area with under high security. A blast crater was also built. Judging from this, it appears as though a portion of the film could be set on Tattooine, with a big action sequence (or at least an explosive of some kind) set to happen there.
Technicians from the UK and Los Angeles are finishing up the sets and some members of the cast have already arrived to practice driving the vehicles that will be used. Some of the crew has arrived as well, as they checked into a hotel last Tuesday. Disney chairman Alan Horn previously said that "We did some second-unit work in Abu Dhabi".
The film is rumored to have the working title of The Ancient Fear. The film stars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow along with original series stars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker. It will be directed by JJ Abrams from a script he wrote with Lawrence Kasdan. The sequel arrives on December 18, 2015.