The Millennium Falcon has been found on Google Maps. To the characters in the Star Wars universe, The Millennium Falcon might be "garbage", "a piece of junk", or even "a bucket of bolts", but to fans, the beloved ship is practically a character herself. She may not look like much, but she's got it where it counts. She's the ship that made the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs. Despite her appearance, the Falcon won over several characters, including Lando and Han, as well as the hearts of the viewers.
In Star Wars: The Force Awakens it was the Falcon that was seen before any other returning characters, bringing a strong feeling of nostalgia to the audience as they learned about the new characters and events. And the moment where Han and Chewbacca step onto their home for the first time in years is one of the most moving in the film. Han might be gone now, but the Falcon remains, now piloted by Rey with Chewy at her side. The ship was last seen taking Rey to find Luke Skywalker. Until today.
Some very dedicated fans on the Twitter account @JediNewsUK have found The Millennium Falcon. Not a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. But very recently on Earth, with Google Maps. Even with the rather big clue given by Jedi News, it takes one heck of a scavenger hunt to actually find the ship. It's well hidden, surrounded by walls. Since there is no top covering Google's cameras got a pretty incredible picture of the top of the Falcon.
Longcross Studios is the location where some of Star Wars: The Last Jedi was filmed. While the studio has only been around since 2006, numerous blockbuster films have shot there, including Skyfall, World War Z, and Thor: The Dark World.
With Star Wars: The Last Jedi only six months from release, odds are good that The Falcon is stored away or completely disassembled for now, not needed again until filming on Star Wars 9 begins. The Last Jedi is certainly in the midst of post-production right now, with the special effects and finishing touches being added, and editors hard at work piecing the movie together. This particular satellite image was taken on March 24th, 2017, placing the Falcon set as a part of The Last Jedi's reshoots, some of which took place at Longcross Studios.
So open up Google Maps and see if you can find the Falcon without any homing beacons or First Order spies. It's not easy. But it can be a fun way to help pass the time for a few minutes while waiting for Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
- Star Wars 8/Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) release date: Dec 15, 2017
- Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) release date: May 25, 2018
- Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: Episode IX (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019