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J.J. Abrams may begin filming Star Wars: Episode VII in a familiar location

Apr. 2, 2014by:

Production is going to get underway in the month that STAR WARS movies have traditionally hit theaters. May 14th is the expected start date for filming and now we may have an indication as to where that may take place. Badass Digest claims to have a source that says the first two weeks of filming will occur in Morocco which is just a hop, skip, and a jump away from Tunisia. Do you know what that means?

STAR WARS fans will know right away that Tunisia was the filming location for Tatooine scenes in all films to date. While it is conjecture to think that Morocco guarantees a Tunisian shoot, the odds are likely due to their proximity. It also shows that Abrams and crew are keeping up their promise to use more practical location shooting rather than relying on green screen. If we need anything it is a more realistic and less video game-like STAR WARS: EPISODE VII.

It has recently become known that the Tunisian sets from the first STAR WARS movies have begun to fall apart due to lack of care and years of weathering. Fans have launched campaigns to save the moisture farm set and other structures, but Badass Digest poses the theory that J.J. Abrams may use the dilapidated sets as they are to represent the passage of time. Theories have had Mark Hamill returning as Luke Skywalker and, like Obi-wan Kenobi, and living on Tatooine in isolation. If that shakes out, this could all start falling into place.

We will know for sure once production gets underway and an official announcement is made by the studio. STAR WARS: EPISODE VII is slated for release on December 18, 2015.

Source: BadAss Digest

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2:30PM on 04/02/2014

The most important question still has not been answered...

Is Lando going to be back?
Is Lando going to be back?
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1:15PM on 04/02/2014
Shouldn't Luke be on Yavin IV at the Jedi Temples? Not in Isolation on Tatooine. Fucking EU is all fucked. Looking forward to LucasFilm properly laying out what's canon and what's not.
Shouldn't Luke be on Yavin IV at the Jedi Temples? Not in Isolation on Tatooine. Fucking EU is all fucked. Looking forward to LucasFilm properly laying out what's canon and what's not.
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11:41AM on 04/02/2014
Why is it that with a gigantic universe, all these movies stick with only a few planets? Let's explore other places than ones that have been explored in 4 of the movies already.
Why is it that with a gigantic universe, all these movies stick with only a few planets? Let's explore other places than ones that have been explored in 4 of the movies already.
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8:36PM on 04/02/2014
So ermmmm.... How many planets in our Galaxy or even Universe can sustain life again?
So ermmmm.... How many planets in our Galaxy or even Universe can sustain life again?
11:40PM on 04/02/2014
It's estimated that in our own Milky Way Galaxy there may be as many 500 million habitable planets. (according to NASA)
It's estimated that in our own Milky Way Galaxy there may be as many 500 million habitable planets. (according to NASA)
11:27AM on 04/02/2014

Real on location shooting???

Oh bonus! That's a huge step in the right direction right there!
Oh bonus! That's a huge step in the right direction right there!
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11:29AM on 04/02/2014
Well I suppose there was SOME location shooting in the prequals but hopefully there will be more in the new movies.
Well I suppose there was SOME location shooting in the prequals but hopefully there will be more in the new movies.
11:19AM on 04/02/2014

Luke returns to Tattooine...

And becomes king of the Tusken Raiders and Jawa's. Consider my theater ticket bought.
And becomes king of the Tusken Raiders and Jawa's. Consider my theater ticket bought.
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11:12AM on 04/02/2014
Just confirm something already!!!!
Just confirm something already!!!!
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11:11AM on 04/02/2014
The stories Lucas and the crew have about Tunisia are astounding. It was, by all accounts, a nightmare filming in those conditions and when he returned for Episode I, it was the heaviest thunderstorm on record and all the Podracer engines, which had been flown over from the UK, were damaged.
The stories Lucas and the crew have about Tunisia are astounding. It was, by all accounts, a nightmare filming in those conditions and when he returned for Episode I, it was the heaviest thunderstorm on record and all the Podracer engines, which had been flown over from the UK, were damaged.
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12:32PM on 04/02/2014
I loved Liam Neeson's comment about that thunderstorm: "My beard was stuck to a camel's arse!"
I loved Liam Neeson's comment about that thunderstorm: "My beard was stuck to a camel's arse!"
2:58PM on 04/02/2014
Lucas considered it good luck though because something similar had happened when shooting the original.
Lucas considered it good luck though because something similar had happened when shooting the original.
11:03AM on 04/02/2014

Typo...

..."Theories have had Mark Hamill returning as Obi-wan Kenobi and living on Tatooine."

More like Luke Skywalker.
..."Theories have had Mark Hamill returning as Obi-wan Kenobi and living on Tatooine."

More like Luke Skywalker.
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11:52PM on 04/02/2014
its just the grammar.
Returning, like Obi Wan, living on Tatooine.
its just the grammar.
Returning, like Obi Wan, living on Tatooine.
11:02AM on 04/02/2014

Good to hear

Glad they are filming so close. Although I'm not too surprised
Glad they are filming so close. Although I'm not too surprised
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