Disney understandably likes to keep a tight lid on its Star Wars movies. The House of Mouse lets few, if any, details slip about the massive sci-fi franchise--and that usually extends to set photos. Star Wars: The Last Jedi is only a month away now and you can list all the confirmed details about that movie on one hand. Well, even Disney makes mistakes and it turns out even one of the most powerful companies in the world has trouble hiding a life-size Millennium Falcon. Disney tried to hide the iconic spaceship from public view, but it forgot to account for a little thing called Google Earth.
A realistic and life-size Millennium Falcon was constructed for Disney's new Star Wars movies, such as Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Being one of the most iconic vehicles in cinema, Disney has to hide this Falcon, which is the closest thing anyone will get to the real thing, from public view. Out on the property of Longcross Film Studios near London, the ship is surrounded by giant shipping containers, blocking the view from all sides on the ground. How do I know this, you may ask? Because it can be found on Google Earth, where the Millennium Falcon can be seen clear as day. After typing in the address for Longcross Film Studios, where a number of big blockbuster movies have filmed over the years, a brief search of the premises will reveal a birds-eye-view of Star Wars' Millennium Falcon, as seen in the screenshot above. It looks like it even has a little tarp thrown over it, too.
As to what specific movie this Falcon is being used for, that's unclear, considering Google doesn't always update its images quickly. It's possible that it was used for Star Wars: The Last Jedi or Solo: A Star Wars Story. Both movies will feature the Millennium Falcon prominently. Obviously, a single shot of the Falcon doesn't give away any spoilers, but it's pretty funny that a corporation as powerful as Disney couldn't just move the set indoors, where even Google satellites can't reach.
You can next see the Millennium Falcon in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which continues the adventures of Rey, Finn, Poe Dameron, and Leia Organa. Picking up where the last film left off, Rey is training with a reclusive Luke Skywalker to harness her growing Force powers. Meanwhile, Kylo Ren and the First Order aren't quite finished with The Resistance just yet. The Falcon can be seen reuniting with Luke and housing the most adorable co-pilot this side of the Outer Rim.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is all set to debut in theaters on December 15, 2017. Seats are going to fill up fast for this one, so make sure to pre-order your tickets (opens in new tab)! To learn more about the highly anticipated sequel, check out what we know so far.
Matt has lived in New Jersey his entire life, but commutes every day to New York City. He graduated from Rowan University and loves Marvel, Nintendo, and going on long hikes and then greatly wishing he was back indoors. Matt has been covering the entertainment industry for over two years and will fight to his dying breath that Hulk and Black Widow make a good couple.
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