Star Wars: Episode VII “Leaked Footage” Isn’t Real, Is Still Cool

By David Wharton | 6 years ago

With Star Wars: Episode VII currently filming at Pinewood Studios in England, all the sneaky little Internet spies are working their hardest to squirrel out new information, footage, and pictures. And they’ve even succeeded a few times. In addition to the steady stream of plot rumors, shots of the Millennium Falcon set under construction leaked last month, as well as photos of creatures and cast from the Abu Dhabi. Well, this latest “leaked footage” at least does you the courtesy of winking at the fact that it’s totally not real…but it’s still pretty fun.

A dude named Frank Wunderlich created the video and then uploaded it to YouTube with the troll-happy title of “Leaked Star Wars Episode VII Filmset Footage!” Thankfully you’d have to be spectacularly gullible not to see through that ruse almost immediately, as the first footage in the video is of German traffic signs, one of which directs motorists to the “Imperial Starport Frankfurt.” In his YouTube post, Frank says:

Looks like the Story of Star Wars plays on Earth too in the next Episode. I took these pictures on my Flight back from the States to Germany at the Frankfurt Airport. Seems like the biggest german airport plays a key role as an imperial starport in the new episode — there have just been imperial forces at the scene. Maybe the Rebelboys hide in Berlin… 😀

I’m not sure if the Empire would be any better at providing airport security than our own governments, but it would be way more entertaining to be security-wanded by a stormtrooper than by a bored TSA employee. A Star Wars stormtrooper, I mean. Not those other guys.

While it might not be canon, this video does suggest an answer to a question I’ve been asking myself ever since Return of the Jedi: how the hell do the drivers get into the AT-ST cockpits? Good old-fashioned Bluth-style staircars, naturally!

Wunderlich has several nice little touches throughout the video, including having the Jedi-era Death Star hanging in the sky, as well as a massive shield generator looming on the horizon. I do have to call shenanigans on the Star Destroyer that appears to have actually landed. Everybody knows they just keep those things hovering above the city to be imposing. There’s nothing sadder than a landlocked Star Destroyer.

Star Wars: Episode VII is taking a brief hiatus next month to deal with Harrison Ford’s on-set injury, but for the moment it’s still scheduled to hit theaters on December 18, 2015.

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