Thanks to some careful hints placed by director J.J. Abrams - as well as the fact that Kevin Smith loves to tell a good story - we already know that Han Solo's legendary ship, the Millennium Falcon, will be featured in the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII. That said, we've only really seen the tiniest little details so far - but now we have a brand new photo that completely changes that game.
Matthew Myatt, a pilot and photojournalist for the BBC, recently decided to go for a nice casual flight near Twyford in England, and while soaring through the skies he spotted a remarkable sight on the ground below him:
In case the big red arrows weren't enough of an indication, what Myatt saw is a gigantic, on-set half version of the Millennium Falcon and a mysterious ship sitting behind it. While we can't say for certain what the second ship is thanks to the fact that it is covered by a blue tarp/screen, it sure does look a whole lot like the modified X-Wing that J.J. Abrams revealed earlier this year:
It's hard to say if these ships were actually being set up for a shot when the photo was taken or if they are just sitting together in storage waiting for the next time they are needed. Either way, it's a pretty remarkable thing to see.
Star Wars: Episode VII, which is based on a script by J.J. Abrams and Empire Strikes Back scribe Lawrence Kasdan, is currently in production and features a cast filled with both Star Wars veterans - such as Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker - and newcomers - like John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Lupita Nyong'o, Crystal Clarke, Pip Anderson, Christina Chong, Gwendoline Christie and Max von Sydow. The plot is set 30 years after the events seen in Return of the Jedi, but very few official plot details have been confirmed beyond that.
Star Wars: Episode VII will be in theaters on December 18, 2015.
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