Star Wars: Episode VII Will Shoot In Abu Dhabi, May Have A Surprising Guardians Of The Galaxy Tie-In

By Kristy Puchko 2014-04-11 09:38:43discussion comments
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Earlier this month, reports arose that Star Wars: Episode VII would be building a new Tatooine, the home planet of Anakin and Luke Skywalker. Now it seems we know which real-world location will play host to iconic other world as the J.J. Abrams production sets down plans to shoot in the United Arab Emirates, starting in mid-May.

THR reports Star Wars: Episode VII has secured plans to shoot for four weeks in and around Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. Though Abu Dhabi is a bustling metropolis in many respects, THR suspects the deserts around the region could well serve as the perfect foundation for this similarly sand-rich planet.

Tatooine so far has appeared in multiple Star Wars movies, so it's little surprise it will be included in Episode VII. But what's good news for Abu Dhabi is bad news for Tunisia, the North African nation where Tatooine was built for both the original Star Wars trilogy as well as its later-produced prequels. Some of the sets are still on display there, but are threatened by shifting sand dunes.

It's suspected that the unstable political climate of the Tunisia region has prompted Star Wars: Episode VII's makers to find a new home for Tatooine. Alternately, Abu Dhabi is becoming a sought after location, with projects like the horror thriller Deliver Us From Evil and the hot anticipated action-adventure Fast & Furious 7 having shot there.

But as teased in the headline, these films aren't the only features that will be sharing unexpected ties to Star Wars: Episode VII. Collider (via io9) has uncovered a surprising link between Star Wars: Episode VII and Guardians of the Galaxy, via the latter's recently shorn star Karen Gillan.



As you might recall, the Doctor Who star shaved off her trademark long, red locks to take on the role of Nebula in Guardians of the Galaxy. Asked how she handled that radical makeover, Gillan responded:
"Marvel are the best company to work for, they really are. They treat you really well. They made my hair into the most incredible well-made wig and they gave it to the Star Wars people. It's just so funny to think that my hair is made into a wig, next to all these Star Wars monster heads in a warehouse."

So look for Gillan's lovely red hair--minus Gillan herself--in Star Wars: Episode VII, when it hits theaters on December 18, 2015.
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