In the massive backlots of Pinewood Studios in London recent aerial shots, no doubt taken somewhat sneakily, of the Star Wars VIII sets show the Millennium Falcon in all her spacefaring glory parked up at the steps of what certainly appears to be where Rey landed in her search for Luke Skywalker at the end of Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens.
Probably owing to the extreme difficulty of building a 1:1 scale model of the Falcon on Skellig island in Ireland, where the original scenes were filmed, new director to the franchise, taking over from J.J Abrams, Rian Johnson wisely opted to build on the lot instead of doing a location shoot for this particular scene. It’s good to note that there seems to be a real push to keep the sets as physical as possible and not rely on CGI at every opportunity, a criticism (one of many) that was leveled at the much maligned Prequel films.
News is difficult to come by on the super secret production of Episode VIII so fans clamour for everything they can. Recently a few behind the scenes shots from Rian Johnson were released but with production being so secure and secret everyone involved will be hoping to keep the mysteries of the film as close to their chest as they possibly can.
It’s going to be a long wait with Episode VIII being slated for a Christmas 2017 release date but for those who can’t wait that long this Christmas will see the first in an Anthology series of stand alone films set within the Star Wars universe.
Rogue One which will tell the story of the rebels that went after the Death Star plans just before the events of Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope should keep our Star Wars cravings from getting too out of control.
Check out the pics from the set below and some of the behind the scenes shots Rian Johnson released: