8:50 pm - 04/17/2014

‘Star Wars: Episode 7′ set photos have appeared online

As you may have heard, ‘Star Wars: Episode 7‘ will be filming in Abu Dhabi for a few months this summer, as the UAE capital stands in for Tatooine, the home planet of Luke Skywalker. With production set to begin next month, work on the Tatooine set has already begun and today we have our first ever ‘Star Wars: Episode 7′ set photos!

While you might look at that photo above and go, “Uhh, OK, that’s some dude’s rolling a big concrete circle into a white tent,” we can tell you those dudes work for ‘Star Wars: Episode 7′ and that big wheel very much looks like the foot of an AT-AT, the large, four-legged walker introduced in ‘The Empire Strikes Back’.

There were previously only AT-AT appearances on Hoth and Endor, so it would be interesting to see what they’re doing on Tatooine. And, just to be sure, and because this is ‘Star Wars‘ and this is what fans do when there are mysterious ‘Star Wars’ set photos, someone posted a comparison online.

What will likely happen is that the feet/legs of the AT-ATs will be built practically on set while CGI is used to create the rest of the walker. (Or, perhaps this is being used for a close-up that takes place at ground level and a wide shot isn’t needed.)

While it might seem surprising to have set photos popping up when we still have no idea who’s going to star in the actual movie, remember that it was confirmed earlier this month that ‘Star Wars: Episode 7′ has actually started filming already. You would think that with all this movement going on surrounding the film that an official casting update is imminent.

In addition to its time in Abu Dhabi, ‘Star Wars: Episode 7′ will film primarily in London at Pinewood Studios.

‘Star Wars: Episode 7′ opens in theaters on December 18, 2015.

chrissytng 18th-Apr-2014 02:28 am (UTC)
britt_m_89 18th-Apr-2014 02:30 am (UTC)
I have a feeling the cast won't be announced until May 4th lol.
misscrystal25 18th-Apr-2014 05:00 pm (UTC)
That's the day I'm getting married <3 #maythefourth
britt_m_89 18th-Apr-2014 08:42 pm (UTC)
That's a great date. I would totally get married on that date.
lady_leia_solo 18th-Apr-2014 01:14 am (UTC)
Returning to Hoth?
scornedsaint 18th-Apr-2014 01:15 am (UTC)
I wonder at what point I'll go from skepticism to unrealistically high hopes over this project?
brown_suger 18th-Apr-2014 02:18 am (UTC)
im right on the edge
miakun 18th-Apr-2014 02:40 am (UTC)
Already straddling the line and trying to keep myself with low expectations.
ms_cucumber 18th-Apr-2014 02:36 pm (UTC)
Both. I felt like JJ's Star Trek had a lot of Star Wars in it, so at least visually, he gets it -- better than even Lucas did with the prequels. But he's still JJ Abrams, so how could it be anything but overrated crap?
natywentz 18th-Apr-2014 01:16 am (UTC)
i dont know anything about this movie.
galaxized 18th-Apr-2014 01:17 am (UTC)
lol ok.

i heard that they're doing some shooting in vancouver, anyone know anything about that?
hotguy8604 18th-Apr-2014 01:21 am (UTC)
kaykaydelight 18th-Apr-2014 01:25 am (UTC)
Will this flop? Or will it make nostalgia money, because I heard the casting was a mess.
yurasama_love 18th-Apr-2014 01:35 am (UTC)
Nostalgia money. All fans will complain and cry about it, but the money will go to it.
chrislola 18th-Apr-2014 01:56 am (UTC)
that sums up my future with this movie. i'll bitch about it and say that it's going to be terrible, but i'm still going to see it.

Edited at 2014-04-18 01:56 am (UTC)
miakun 18th-Apr-2014 02:41 am (UTC)
I always laugh when I see people proclaiming they'll never see/play/read another Star Wars thing again because of BLANK. YOU KNOW YOU WILL. WE ALL DO.
miakun 18th-Apr-2014 02:41 am (UTC)
What yurasama_love said. I hate so many things Lucas does but I still let him have all my money.

But the involvement of Disney, especially with what they've done with the Marvel universe means it has a good shot of commercial success even without the franchise name.
aerinsol 18th-Apr-2014 01:30 am (UTC)
It's going to be a long time waiting for this movie if we're going to hear about every little detail.
wauwy 18th-Apr-2014 01:31 am (UTC)
I'm so over tattoine tho
funk2funky 18th-Apr-2014 01:34 am (UTC)
My favorite actor, AT-AT leg.
yurasama_love 18th-Apr-2014 01:34 am (UTC)
So AT-ATs on Tattooine?
gorlplz ready for dat hayden cameo18th-Apr-2014 01:41 am (UTC)
geraldine_blank Re: ready for dat hayden cameo18th-Apr-2014 02:00 am (UTC)
please love yourself, there are resources out there
gorlplz Re: ready for dat hayden cameo18th-Apr-2014 02:12 am (UTC)
britt_m_89 Re: ready for dat hayden cameo18th-Apr-2014 02:08 am (UTC)
gurl no I take a Jar Jar Binks cameo before him.
reasontorhyme 18th-Apr-2014 01:48 am (UTC)

Please don't suck.
boweeko 18th-Apr-2014 01:48 am (UTC)
but still no cast huh
brown_suger 18th-Apr-2014 02:21 am (UTC)
please be good. I cant deal after Michael Bay has ruined my childhood of Transformers and Ninja Turtles .

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britt_m_89 18th-Apr-2014 02:31 am (UTC)
haha this gif
winter_lace 18th-Apr-2014 02:22 am (UTC)
I just know this is going to be a mess, I can't let myself get excited
chrissytng 18th-Apr-2014 02:30 am (UTC)
All I care about is casting...so when's that being announced JJ?! HMM?!
jediknightmuse 18th-Apr-2014 02:39 am (UTC)
I'm betting we're going to get some kind of cast announcement in the next month...maybe even on May 4th, since it's Star Wars day. If not on that day, then maybe on one of the anniversaries of when the originals were released into theaters.

/total optimism

Getting set photos, even if it's not anything involving the cast, is at least a little exciting, though.
adigallia 18th-Apr-2014 01:36 pm (UTC)
Ooo good call on May 4th. Shooting is supposed to start in the middle of May, so they have to announce soon. May 4th would make a ton of sense.

I'm dying for casting announcements.
jediknightmuse 18th-Apr-2014 03:06 pm (UTC)
It would make a ton of sense, but on the other hand I wouldn't be entirely surprised if it wasn't until some time after that that we heard anything. There's no way they can go much longer without giving us something.
phallus 18th-Apr-2014 02:53 am (UTC)
Will the cast be unknowns? Curious to see of Lupita landed this!
pastelstar 18th-Apr-2014 03:55 am (UTC)
On one hand, I so don't care what happens because JJ is in charge. On the other hand I CAN'T BELIVE THEY'RE FILMING IS THIS REALLY HAPPENING

Fucking hell.
eveybean 18th-Apr-2014 05:15 am (UTC)
Ughhhh this probably isn't an At-At because I expect to be disappointed because I FUCKING LOVE the At-At's.

I will sit here and await nothing but pure disappointment.
therearewords 18th-Apr-2014 09:58 am (UTC)
theladymore 18th-Apr-2014 01:13 pm (UTC)
I don't care what happens

They fudge up my awesome OTP of Han/Leia.....they are gonna be MASSIVE problems.

greenfieldcsi 18th-Apr-2014 01:28 pm (UTC)
These two are all I care about. They are my ultimate OTP and if they do anything to ruin them and I will never forgive them.
theladymore 18th-Apr-2014 01:39 pm (UTC)
I know right?

I feel like they serve the basis and criteria of all my OTPS like John Sheppard/Elizabeth Weir for instance. They are just too awesome to have split.

Besides....I don't care what anyone says the I love you I know scene is the most romantic scene....EVER.
adigallia 18th-Apr-2014 01:40 pm (UTC)
Same. I have a few ships admittedly, but they are #1 forever and always. I will flip the fuck out if the new movies mess with them.
adigallia 18th-Apr-2014 01:39 pm (UTC)
Ugh, I've thought about that and almost had conniptions. But I'm fairly confident they'll be okay. Even the EU didn't screw with them really (you know, besides killing their kids).

But if they do fuck with them, we can cry together because I would legit be devastated.
theladymore 18th-Apr-2014 01:41 pm (UTC)
You and the rest of the Han/Leia Shippers -snuggles-

If they are strong enough to survive Jabba and Carbonite freezing I hope they survive however the timeline is fudged.
jediknightmuse 18th-Apr-2014 03:10 pm (UTC)
I 1,000% agree. I just hope that after all this time Carrie and Harrison have the same chemistry they had the first time, otherwise it's going to be painful to watch. :|
prophecypro 18th-Apr-2014 07:28 pm (UTC)
Needs some info on the cast though
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