STAR WARS set for filming in Abu Dhabi Tuesday!
As the buzz builds around Star Wars and production gets set to blast into hyper speed, the national have reported that filming is slated to start this tuesday and last until the end of the month, with cast members already in the area and booked into hotels! Some reports have even claimed that they have been
"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?) We have also been told that 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."
So what does this mean for the film? It appears that Abu Dhabi is set to play a major role within the film, leaving Disney’s chairman Alan Horn’s recent remarks that “We did some second-unit work in Abu Dhabi” seeming somewhat of an understatement. With the reports of explosives, it seems safe to assume that a major event will take place, or at least something important to the narrative! Will it be a major battle? A massive spacecraft crash? Or a daring escape by the dashing Han Solo, Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia ?
Whatever the case, many fans have been relieved and excited at the prospect of returning to a world with an emphasis on quality produced sets, much like the original trilogy. Far from the CGI filled sequels.
Leaked pictures or footage are likely to be few and far between, as reports are claiming that police and army are checking all vehicles in the area and making sure that anyone who isn’t supposed to be there is sent quickly on their way. This comes following the leak of the above picture, originally from a crew member bragging on 'tinder'. J.J. Abrams does love his privacy and hush hush with his films, so this step up in security comes as no surprise!
Will Abu Dhabi be a prominent location in EP7?
Source: the National