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We don’t even have all the official Star Wars: Episode VII casting yet, but sources are already claiming that filming is underway on J.J. Abrams’ first film in the new trilogy. Now other sources are saying that Abrams and his crew are looking to shoot in a “Morocco-like” environment in order to re-create the desert planet of Tatooine.
Disney and the LucasFilm people haven’t confirmed this is the plan yet, but if it does pan out, expect every nerd with a phone camera to be scouring the planet for the location so they can sell video footage of the shoot to movie websites. [via THR]
Help save Mos Espa, Obi-Wan – you’re our only hope!
Speaking of Tatooine, the original Star Wars used the Tunisian desert region of Ong Jmel to create Luke Skywalker’s home before he jets off to save the galaxy. The elaborate sets are still standing out there in the sands, and have become something of a nerd mecca over the years.
Unfortunately, the dunes in the desert never stop moving – and now they threaten to destroy this cinematic landmark – unless you can help the Tunisian government.
As the picture above shows, the constantly moving dunes are slowly (at a rate of about 15 meters per year) engulfing the set. However, workers can keep digging the sand out, keeping this piece of history safe. That costs money, though – so this is where you come in.
The Tunisian Tourism Ministry is looking to raise roughly $189,000 to dig out the set and keep it safe for years to come. The government has even opened an Indiegogo campaign in hopes of raising $45,000 of the money. Should you donate, you can get your official Jedi title (Padawan, Jedi, Master Jedi), and if you’re a Master Jedi, you also get your name on a commemorative panel at the site.
Give what you can to this worthy cause. [via CNET]
Own the greatest Star Wars collectible ever
If you love Star Wars, and you’ve got an extra $7,000 bucks laying around, this could be the best present you’ll ever give yourself.
Sideshow Collectibles has started taking preorders for this life-sized replica statue of Han Solo frozen in carbonite. The iconic figure comes built to scale, complete with a base and working lights, so it looks like Han’s just been transferred from the cloud city of Bespin to Jabba’s dingy palace.
If seven grand is a little out of your price range, you’ll be pleased to know Sideshow also has an installment plan. I’ll be right back – I’ve gotta go clear out some space in my office.
If Han isn't your thing, maybe you'll be more moved by the life-size Darth Vader and Boba Fett statues, which are due out at a later date. Start saving those pennies.
Check out the photo of this massive piece of awesome below. Model not included. [via Geekologie]
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