Star Wars: Episode VII to film in Morocco?

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There isn’t anything funny about this article, so I’ll assume it is a sincere rumor.

The source doesn’t care for Star Wars, Star Wars fans and dislikes J.J. Abrams, so I’m not sure why they are covering Star Wars unless its for the hits. That always makes me wonder about the quality of the information. But the source does get real scoops, so lets take it seriously. Here’s the story from Badass Digest:

 Sources tell me that Star Wars Episode VII will begin shooting almost exactly six weeks from today, on May 14th. The first two weeks will be on location in Morocco.

That is very interesting considering the history of the production of the Star Wars saga.

John Rinzler writes in The Making of Star Wars (Episode IV):

In addition to its artistic advantages, Tunisia won out over Morocco because it was logistically superior. “It’s locations change very quickly in a very short distance,” Barry Says. “The sand dunes, the big ravine, and the salt flat location–they are all within thirty minutes of one another, which is amazing.”

The idea to shoot in Morocco back in the 70s was because The Little Prince (1974) had shot there and that was pretty much it. Another reason they didn’t like Morocco was because the architecture looked very Arab and there wasn’t very much they could just utilize on the fly. But that’s something that could work in a new picture not set on Tatooine.

Why am I telling you this? Because if the report is accurate, it means they plan to build their own structures if it is Tatooine or they’re not going to that planet for this shoot. It also means you won’t see anything from the original trilogy featured in Star Wars: Episode VII like Luke’s childhood farm, at least as far Morocco is concerned.

But it could still be Tatooine, right? Tunisia has had a lot of political turmoil recently which might make filming there less than a good idea, but I’m no expert on that situation. That said, Google Image search Morocco and then imagine they’re digitally coloring the sand and it matches a lot of things we’ve seen from other proposed places as well as the Falcon concept art.

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