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'Star Wars 7' set to film in the Abu Dhabi desert

According to The National on Saturday, it seems shooting of J.J. Abrams' "Star Wars 7" is about to get started. The location is in the Abu Dhabi desert and sources claim descriptions of set pieces to give an idea of what the environment is like. Tatooine from previous films is obviously set in such an environment.

Executive producer J. J. Abrams of the television show 'Believe' speaks during the NBC portion of the 2014 Television Critics Association Press Tour at the Langham Hotel on January 19, 2014 in Pasadena, California.
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Tourists or even daytime travelers who attempt to get a closer look at the location will be turned away by military or police and vehicles are being carefully monitored as to who is and isn't allowed to be on or near the location. Sources have also revealed that the "Star Wars" set is nearing completion and reports indicate a "shuttle-like" vehicle, a "centuries old" market, and a large tower are in place. Set crews tend to have their own lingo describing a structure known as an "alien house" and around 10 to 15 "really fast buggies". Such vehicles were described to be powered by "jet engines" which is synonymous with the technology used by land speeders in the original film.

Activity indicates that packages of explosives for the filming have been transported on lorries and one of the locations in which the explosions had made their destination also has a crater-like formation. One could wonder that the crater was formed by the explosive device. The only significant crater used in a previous film was "Return of the Jedi" where the Sarlacc pit was the final destination for Jabba the Hutt's foes.

One could think this could be one in the same as Patton Oswalt described in his Lucasfilm/Marvel comedy mash-up. This could be way out in left field, but Oswalt did mention Boba Fett did happen to make his way out of the "maw" of the Sarlacc pit.

A team of technicians have been reported from two locations. A group from the United Kingdom and the other from Los Angeles. They are apparently finishing up the set prior to shooting as the actors practice driving the vehicles intended for use in the film. Also, sources revealed that members of the crew had already checked into the Abu Dhabi desert on Tuesday and the main shoot is expected to last around three weeks which is near the end of this month.

"Star Wars 7" starts shooting on May 13 and the film is scheduled to be released on Dec. 18, 2015.

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