While Kathleen Kennedy and J.J. Abrams are on the search to find the new fresh faces for Star Wars: Episode VII, their production crew is busy building new sets to bring the movie to life. Although Harrison Ford’s participation isn’t official, it looks like Han Solo’s spaceship is ready for its close up.
According to Yahoo! Movies’, inside sources close to Episode VII, it appears the Millennium Falcon is already finished. The interiors and exteriors have already been built and are moving into Pinewood Studios in London, England. The entertainment news outlet continues to say that Han’s iconic ship will also play a dominant role in the film, and perhaps the other films in the new trilogy. The article continues:
A full-scale 1:1 Millennium Falcon has been built as well as the interiors of the ship for filming,” they explained. “The Falcon is done – inside and out. The sets were built off-site, ready to move when Lucasfilm/Bad Robot were ready to move into Pinewood.
Of course, nothing is official until confirmed by Disney or Lucasfilm… but if true, this could confirm the return of one of the most iconic spaceships in movie history. But with a 1:1 scale reproduction, it sounds as though the Falcon could play a prominent part in ‘Episode VII’ if not the entire sequel trilogy.
If we learned anything from Return of the Jedi, its that Han Solo doesn’t necessarily have to pilot the Millennium Falcon. Lando Calrissian piloted the Falcon in the battle to destroy the new Death Star, so it seems that any space pirate could take the helm.
Pre-production on Episode VII started all the way back in January 2013, and we’ve already seen fruits of Lucasfilm/Bad Robot’s labor with R2-D2. Production is scheduled to begin in spring 2014, so it’s only a matter of time before we hear actual casting news, and perhaps more about other sets from the film. Kennedy and Abrams have said that Episode VII will be a mix between practical and CGI special effects, so a complete Millennium Falcon set certainly lines up with their comments. After all, the Falcon could just as easily been a CGI effect like it was in the Star Wars special editions.
Recently, it was rumored that Lucasfilm is looking for a 40-something military-type male. This character description was added to the other characters the production is looking for during casting. These include “Rachel,” a beautiful, smart, and athletic female around 17 or 18 years old, and “Thomas,” a smart, handsome, athletic 19-23 year old, who also needs to be capable and courageous. No actors have been officially cast, and it’s going to be interesting to see actors take these new roles.
Star Wars: Episode VII hits theaters everywhere on December 18, 2015, in 3D.