‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Will Recreate Tatooine in Morocco and Abu Dhabi

By April 11, 2014

It’s come to this. Fans of the Star Wars series are so hungry for official details about J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Star Wars Episode VII that even news about filming locations is worth talking about. Just tell us something official, Disney, just tell us something.

Yet, as silly as it sounds to get jumped up over the news that the new film will shoot in a certain area, we can still deduce big plot points from word that the production is reportedly setting itself up in a specific location. Every detail matters.

It was previously reported by Badass Digest that the film would be taking to Morocco to kick off shooting, with a possible stopover in Tunisia, which means one thing: at least part of the film will be taking place on the desert planet of Tatooine, home to those imminently important Skywalkers.


Tatooine has previously been portrayed on the big screen by locations in both Tunisia and America’s own Death Valley National Park (if you’ve got some time, why not dig around on this Wikipedia page dedicated to Star Wars filming locations? It’s pretty cool), so Morocco and more Tunisia certainly seem to fit the sand-filled bill.

But just how much of the film will take place on Tatooine? Enough that the film will reportedly move to yet another desert location for more still more filming. THR reports that “sources tell THR that J.J. Abrams and Disney are planning an extensive re-creation of the desolate home of Luke and Anakin Skywalker in a Morocco-like environment.” You see that? Extensive. The Morocco-like environment is reportedly Abu Dhabi, and the production will set up shop there for up to four weeks.

Tatooine is obviously closely associated with the Skywalker family line more than almost anything else – though plenty of other Star Wars characters spent some time on the planet at one time or another, including Obi-wan Kenobi, Jabba the Hutt, and both R2-D2 and C-3PO – and it’s a classic Star Wars setting. What could possibly be going down there this time?

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Kate Erbland
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