And So It Begins: Bad Robot Tweet Heralds The Start Of Episode VII Filming


To quote Darth Vader, “This will be a day long remembered….” Earlier today Star Wars fans rejoiced following the news that Episode VII principal photography has commenced.

Bad Robot, JJ Abrams’ production company, tweeted the picture below of a clapper board from the Star Wars set with the simple hashtag #dayone.

There is much discussion about where exactly the filming is taking place. While many have speculated the cast and crew are currently at Pinewood Studios just outside of London, there are also suggestions that the photo may have been taken in Abu Dhabi.

Evidence supporting the London shoot comes from the fact that the cast gathered in London at the end of last month for the first table read of the script. Disney and Lucasfilm had also released a statement earlier in the year announcing that “principal photography on Star Wars: Episode VII, directed by J.J. Abrams, will commence May 2014, and will be based at London’s historic Pinewood Studios.” However, there was also a photo circulated from Abu Dhabi a month ago of what looked like the foot of an All Terrain Armored Transport. Based on the evidence available, I’m more likely to believe the UK location for Day One filming. Hopefully we’ll get some more behind-the-scenes pics soon to find out more.

Star Wars: Episode VII is reuniting original cast members Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker and Peter Mayhew. Newcomers to a galaxy far, far away include Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow and Daisy Ridley.

Whether today will be a day long remembered as the start of something great or a rehash of Episode I which made a number of fans question the wisdom in filming a new trilogy, remains to be seen. We won’t find that out until Episode VII hits cinemas December 18 next year.

Clare Sidoti
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