‘Star Wars: Episode 7′ is Returning to the Skywalkers’ Tatooine Home

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Leave it to J.J. Abrams to begin production on Star Wars: Episode VII before making any official casting announcements for the hotly-anticipated blockbuster. The Super 8 and Star Trek Into Darkness director has managed to keep a lid on most of the movie’s secrets, though of late small details have been sneaking through the cracks. (As Princess Leia observed, “The more you tighten your grip Abrams, the more star systems will slip through your fingers.” Yes, that’s the correct quote.)

Disney Chairman Alan Horn has confirmed that Episode VII picks up more than thirty years after the events in Return of the Jedi, with a storyline that features three young leads alongside “very familiar faces.” So far, we know that the list of returning players from the previous Star Wars movies includes Chewbacca and R2-D2, while older versions of the “original trilogy” leads Luke, Leia, and Han are expected to play a role in the proceedings (a very important one, judging by the cast members’ reported six-month commitment).

Horn also recently confirmed that shooting on Episode VII is underway, shortly after rumors emerged that filming has started in Morocco, which (according to those behind said rumors) shall partially “play” the desert planet Tatooine in Abrams’ film. THR is now backing those claims, with a scoop that reveals that an “extensive recreation” of the Skywalkers’ home on that world has been built in a “Morocco-like environment.”

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The location in question is technically the “desolate home of Luke and Anakin Skywalker,” though it would be more exact to call it the Lars homestead. There, Shmi Skywalker lived with her husband Cliegg Lars after her son Anakin left to train as a Jedi, before Luke was raised by Own and Beru Lars there during the years between Episode III – Revenge of the Sith and Episode IV – A New Hope.

Remnants of the Tatooine sets built for past Star Wars films are still around, including the Lars homestead in Tunisia; if the latter has been rebuilt in Morocco, however, it may be that location won’t be featured in Episode VII solely for nostalgic purposes. Might the older Luke Skywalker be living in the place where he grew up, much like actor Mark Hamill has half-joked in the past? It’s not impossible.

A return to Tatooine in Episode VII does make sense from a storytelling perspective. The setting embodies the western genre tropes which have long been a part of the Star Wars franchise, while its connection to the Skywalker clan befits a film that will introduce the next generation in that family. Now we just have to wait and find out which actors will be playing said young Skywalkers (at long last)…


Star Wars: Episode VII opens in U.S. theaters on December 18th, 2015.

Source: THR

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  1. If this is true…they may have been some major upkeep in the 30 years since jedi. If we do see luke there he’s probably doing the whole obi wan thing before being called back into action. I believe this new trilogy will see the deaths of all the old players.

    • We shouldn’t see them at all. I wish this story would be something we haven’t seen on film yet with new characters. They don’t need to stick with the Skywalkers. We saw them for SIX movies. Why is that not enough?

      • that’s what the spin off films are for. the saga/episodes are the story of the skywalker clan. geesh. you apparently just don’t get star wars.

      • its been stated that yes there are many different stories and characters in the star wars universe that they are going to get into, but the episodes (I-X) is mainly about the skywalker legacy. From Anikin to his grandkids…the spin off movies are for other stories in the expanded star wars universe…

  2. Ah, Tatooine… Instead of a big dark blur I see a big light blur…

    I hope the location will be used, in part, for a flashback sequence in which we see Boba Fett activate his shield generator, thermal-detonate the Sarlacc, and crawl to safety.

    Also, I hope al is wrong. Considering Luke is only in his fifties at the time of the sequelogy, it would appear the only way he could die is by unnatural causes. The sacrificial death was befitting Vader, but not befitting Luke.

  3. Ah, Tatooine. The desert planet that was featured in all but one of the films.

    As if nobody knew this was coming.

  4. As the last remaining Jedi in the Galaxy, Tatooine is a nice place to hid out and enjoy retirement. There has been no evidence the the Jedi Order has been reestablished out side of non-conical Expanded Universe.

    • When Disney bought LucasFilm back in 2012. I don’t think EU was part of the package. George Lucas never bought any EU properties into LucasFilm, he only sanctioned them.

  5. I would love to see an older Luke once again on his home planet of Tattooine, watching the double sunset with John Williams’ grand Luke theme rising in the background. It would give a tremendous full-circle to the character.

  6. A little predictable bringing tattooine back into it again,though I suppose from a nostalgic point of view and for the story it makes sense
    I hope we get to see some new locations over the course of the next trilogy ! Nonetheless I am excited the originals changed my life
    So here’s hoping Ep 7 delivers…

    • One of the many elements of Star Wars is that it a bit like music, the same patterns repeat. I’m not a big music theory guy, but Lucas has spoken about it before many times. It is a space opera.