BySean Erickson, writer at
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Sean Erickson

One of the bigger reveals to come out of the Star Wars Celebration was that the desert planet we've been combing over from the first Star Wars Episode 7 trailer was, in fact, not the Tatooine we've been looking for. Yes, sometimes there's more than one desert planet. JJ Abrams revealed that this planet that Daisy Ridely's Rey has been making a living being a scavenger on is actually Jakku, a new planet that the folks behind Star Wars Episode 7 have been cooking up an elaborate backstory on.

Poe Dameron's Home on Yavin IV

With an all-out Star Wars onslaught of media on the way - from books, to video games, to television shows, there will be plenty of ways to fill in the gaps leading up to Star Wars Episode 7 and find out all you need to know about Jakku and how that Star Destroyer crash landed on it. Now we have a couple of other planets to speculate on - the "green planet" that we've seen in concept art and those TIE Fighters zooming over, and the snow planet that looks to be the base of operations for the new Empire's The First Order.

Concept art for Star Wars Episode 7.
Concept art for Star Wars Episode 7.

Not long ago, Poe Dameron himself, Oscar Isaac spoke in relatively uncommonly candid fashion about his characters origins being from Yavin. The Guatemalan-born actor of course has reason to look towards the moon of Yavin as it was previously represented on film by Guatemala and featured those famous Mayan ruins peaking out of the dense jungle. This time around, we might be getting a better look at Yavin as it is expected to continue to be a base of operations for the Resistance. But while Guatemala didn't serve as a major location shoot for Star Wars Episode 7 - leaked concept art is pointing towards the possibility of some special effects being added to the shoot that did take place at Greenham Common Royal Air Force Base.

Greenham Common Royal Air Force Base
Greenham Common Royal Air Force Base

Is the Pirate's Cove on Yavin IV?

As you can see from the two pictures above - it would appear that the production used Greenham Common as inspiration for their designs and the general grass-covered look of the Resistance's base. But is it Yavin? Making Star Wars is also making a case that this is indeed Yavin and it's not only the location of the Resistance's headquarters, but also the Pirate Castle of Lupita Nyong'o's Maz Kanata (which I'll probably continue to want to spell as Maz Katana for the rest of my life, forgive me).

Would the best place for a pirate to hide be right under the nose of the Republic? We found out a lot about Lupita Nyong'o and the mysterious character of Maz Kanata from the big Vanity Fair Star Wars issue. While we still only have sketches of what her character may look like in Star Wars 7, and much better looks at the clientele of her "pirate castle", we've been hearing for a while that she's located on a "green planet" that will serve as a big contrast to the desert planet that Daisy Ridley's Rey is shuttled off of by the Millennium Falcon.

A better look at Star Wars' Yavin IV.
A better look at Star Wars' Yavin IV.

The story goes that once Rey and John Boyega's Finn are rescued from the desert planet of Jakku, they're brought to Maz Kanata's to get some answers - Han Solo knowing her from her pirate sheltering business and knowing that she has some fortune-teller skills when it comes to tracking down people based on objects like a very special lightsaber. And when Ridley walks out onto this "green planet" she's amazed to finally be out of a desert environment so full of color.

With the amount of green on Yavin IV, it's definitely possible that even a castle could get tucked away somewhere that's more or less out of sight. But I'm not completely convinced that Maz Kanata has her operation running on the same place that serves as the base of operations for the Resistance. Then again, if these pirates are more concerned about staying out of the way from the First Order, maybe Yavin is the ideal location?

What do you think? Is Yavin the home of The Resistance in [Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens](tag:711158)? Is it also the home of Maz Kanata's Pirate Castle or would that be making the Star Wars galaxy a little too small? Spin us some of your favorite Star Wars cantina fan fiction in the comments below!


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