Star Wars Episode VII Abu Dhabi Filming Begins May 13

Star Wars Episode VII is set to begin filming in Abu Dhabi on May 13, according to The National. The report says filming is expected to last until at least the end of the month.

The report also includes some rumors about impressive looking sets nearing completion:

Our sources also report that the sets are getting closer to completion, with a “whole world” having been built on an otherworldly salt lake at one location, a “shuttle-like” spacecraft, a large tower, a “big, centuries-old-looking market”, something the crew are reportedly referring to as the “alien house” and 10 to 15 “really fast buggies” powered by jet engines (landspeeders of Tatooine fame from the previous films, perhaps?)

Additionally, the report states that plenty of explosives have been brought to the filming location, indicating high action or possibly disaster in store. A few unnamed members of the cast are said to already by at the location.

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