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Star Wars: Rogue One: Recycle, Reduce, Reuse! The Force Awakens connection.

The story below features spoilers from The Force Awakens and Rogue One. Read on at your own risk.



The team that worked on the next Star Wars film is working on the next Star Wars film. Sets, creatures, and the likes are going up for right now for Rogue One with filming very near.

A lot of props, sets, and ships  from Star Wars: The Force Awakens are being repurposed for Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One. Lots of outfits and weaponry are being repainted or modded for the new Star Wars standalone film that takes place about 40 years before The Force Awakens. 

During the production of The Force Awakens Kylo Ren’s ship was referred to as the Black Limo. So Finn’s lander was called a White Van. It was called so because it moved stormtroopers from the Star Destroyer to Jakku’s surface. I believe we see them in the teaser trailer:

Lander 2

Perhaps the inside of the “White Van” from a Force for Change video:

Lander 1 Lander 2


So what does this have to do with Rogue One? Right now at Pinewood Studios the “White Vans” are getting a fresh coat of gray paint as they will be reused in the film. The landers appear to be pretty much the same as 40 years before Finn gets in one; it just has slightly different coloring on the outside.

Interestingly the landers appear to connect to another set that is really huge and that is making its way back in Rogue One as well–most likely it is the Star Destroyer hangar where the landers are housed.

There is a lot of activity going on right now for the first Star Wars Anthology film! Lots more to come soon!

Bonus bit: With everyone getting back together to work on the next Star Wars film this Summer, one crew member is adamant that when they shot The Force Awakens they did some stuff with Darth Vader beyond the burned helmet stuff seen in the teaser. Unfortunately this person would not elaborate after that tease that bit. The word around Pinewood is that the Darth Vader “experts” are needed again for Rogue One. 


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