And pre-production staff, who have been in the UAE since February, have narrowed their search down to two desert locations close to each other in the Western Region. Both have been marked off with traffic cones to help the rest of the crew locate the sites easily. It is believed the location manager scouted the locations because of their dramatic, high sand dunes.
Dramatic sand dunes, okay that makes sense. We too have heard they were in the UAE since late January, early February. All the staff at the hotels have signed confidentiality agreements and the police and governmental organizations (TDIC) escort the cast and crew to the set each day to insure they aren’t followed or harassed. But there is more interesting stuff in this article.
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.
A new spaceship sounds exciting. Back during the prequels, they only built the landing ramps and on Return of the Jedi they never built a Falcon that was used on screen (the sandstorm sequence was cut). So this is the first large spaceship built for a Star Wars film since Return of the Jedi but perhaps the first screen used large ship since The Empire Strikes Back. We simply saw the ramp to a the J-Type 327 Nubian, it sounds like they’re actually building something out there. Could it be the Falcon or something new?
This next quote is of particular interest:
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.
Do these parts indicate the average lived-in look of Star Wars or are these parts seriously extreme compared to the places we’ve seen before? We do know there appears to be at least an AT-AT foot out there as well. I could be wrong, obviously, but it sounds like we see the aftermath of a large battle or even the aftermath of years of war? It all makes my imagination kick into overdrive.
A person in the production supposedly said:
We would advise the curious to stay well clear of the set. It is extremely hot out there and you will not see anything. But we invite you to see it in the cinema when it comes out next year,” said a person close to the production.
I know I write this every time, but I can’t believe this is actually happening again.
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