***THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE CONTAINS POTENTIAL SPOILERS FOR STAR WARS EPISODE VII: THE ANCIENT BEER... or whatever it was. PROCEED AT YOUR OWN RISK!***
Back in April, news site TheNational released photos taken from the Star Wars Episode VII Abu-Dhabi set. They showed a giant white tent out of which set crew were rolling out what appeared to be a nearly-complete Imperial Walker (AT-AT) foot.
Since then Disney has reinforced security to avoid any set photos leaking, good luck with that.
Well, unfortunately for them, and fortunately for us Star Wars fans, the set crew didn't seem to get the memo on preventing leaked info. TheNational has broken a new report and the information is incredibly detailed, and potentially spoiler-ish. So, let me say it again, potential spoilers ahead.
Our sources also report that the sets are getting closer to completion, with a “whole world” having been built on an otherworldly salt lake at one location, a “shuttle-like” spacecraft, a large tower, a “big, centuries-old-looking market”, something the crew are reportedly referring to as the “alien house” and 10 to 15 “really fast buggies” powered by jet engines (landspeeders of Tatooine fame from the previous films, perhaps?)
A whole "world" - which I assume means a series of varied smaller sets that will represent one of the film's new planets - on top of a salt lake? What could that possibly be? Were there any oceanic planets that could match this description in the EU? Drop a comment if you know!
Also, I'm going to assume the market is a stand-in for Mos Eisley, it looks like we buggies are land speeders either spread throughout Mos Eisley or together as part of an chase scene. I'm intrigued by the so-called "alien house," could it belong to a new character, or maybe Luke Skywalker in exile?
...two lorries of explosives have been brought to one of the sites under high security and that a blast crater has been created. So, it looks like the action in Abu Dhabi could be set to feature a major battle or spacecraft crash of some description.
It sounds like the spacecraft might not fare so well by the conclusion of our visit to this mysterious desert planet. I love how many practical sets we're getting, outside of impracticality or budgetary concerns - of which they should have none, cough it up Disney -, the less green screen the better, in my opinion.
Another report, this time from 7DaysInDubai, claims to have spotted more set work in the desert:
Several large transport trucks were also spotted moving the set, which is believed to include a spacecraft that lands on the exotic “planet” being created in the Western Region.
The crew had several large white bags of rusted and bent metal parts, which are to be strewn in the desert, possibly to show a spacecraft crash or perhaps a post-apocalyptic civilisation.
What do you guys think? Is one of our new or returning cast members going to abruptly dismantle their ride all over the desert, and is this Tatooine, an entirely new planet, or several planets as the salt lake location and the desert markets would seem to indicate. This leaves me with a lot to chew on until our next batch of rumors break through the Disney blockade, so let me know what you guys make of all this, but most of all...
...never forget the many Bothans that died to bring us this information.
[Star Wars: Episode VII](movie:711158) The Impatient Year (and-a-half) releases in the US on December 18, 2015.