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UPDATE 3! Rumor: Star Wars Episode 7 to Film in UK’s Forest of Dean?

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*Image by Andrew Cox – uktripper.com

 

There are rumors that scenes for the new Star Wars film are being shot in the Forest of Dean. People are reporting seeing Jedi wigs, speeder bikes and wooden swords for practicing…

 

From BBC:

A huge film crew has set up camp at Puzzlewood, but so far there has been no confirmation that the force is present in the forest.

Excitement is mounting in the West Country as tourist attractions in the surrounding area are hoping that the new Star Wars film will be shot nearby.

BBC Reporter Steve Knibbs went to Puzzlewood in the Forest of Dean where film crews appear to be assembling although nobody would confirm or deny these rumours.

 

 

Even more convincing details can be seen here:

 

Could this be Yavin 4, Endor or a completely new planet?

 

 

UPDATE!

 

Here’s something like confirmation of the rumor by Justine Baker (Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Bridgwater & West Somerset & County Councillor for Somerset).

 

 

UPDATE 2!  

 

Some more bits and photos from the Puzzlewood shoot from Daily Mail (via MakingStarWars):

It can now be confirmed hundreds of people in gleaming white trailers have descended on the Forest of Dean to film scenes from the hotly-anticipated Star Wars sequel. Speculation and excitement over the film site reached fever pitch in the past 24 hours with a number of clues eventually giving away the purpose of the temporary Gloucestershire community. The Forest of Dean is now awash with jedis, sith lords, caravans and set production equipment involved in filming an unknown forest scene for Star Wars Episode VII.

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UPDATE 3!  

 

The Episode VII working title (AVCO) has been spotted on a shuttle bus near the set. Well I guess we don’t need any more hints.   (via JediNews)

 

 

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  • Theed

    Won’t surprise me if they are filming there. Scotland is too far away, and every fantasy’s got to look like Lord of the Rings these days.

    • Anonymous

      Yes. Before the earth itself was built, it was based on the lord of the rings. Lord of the rings is the reason for forests. Yes. So very true.

    • Anonymous

      Yes, you are right, every film ever shot in a forest looks like Lord of the rings. What an observation.

  • Ruffnut Rebellion

    Great. terrestrial earth trees. i wonder if this one will also have earth snakes crawling around the caves too?

    • Griffin

      shut up

      • Anonymous

        [Huge spoiler:] This is actually MUSTAFAR after the spectacularly successful reforestation campaign overseen by Darth Vader, spanning the entire imperial period.

        He inevitably hated the place, and the only way he could change it beyond recognition was by PLANTING TREES.

        There was still good in him, indeed.

    • S. Crumb

      Dude, this is Star Wars you dolt. In this universe there’s fire, explosions, and sound in space. It’s a fun fantasy adventure series not some scientifically accurate documentary.

    • perrymoon

      Your beloved prequels had humans. Isn’t that terrestrial for you?

  • Niamor

    Definitely not Endor, it could be Yavin 4.

  • One would have to think Dagobah – which is not too far fetched…. after all Yoda was shielded from the dark side here and never discovered!!

  • Pardon me for not knowing, but what is a Jedi wig?

    • Adavanter

      That was my first thought as well. A ponytail wig…? Braid? What defines a Jedi :P

    • Anonymous

      Jedi Wig. Its a Jedi that goes out socially with another Jedi. So no one realises that one of them is studying the other side of the force.

  • Joss

    They’re shooting the scenes there with Luke doing the Yoda thing, old Jedi hermit and all.

  • Anonymous

    Wow wow wow, someone spotted The Wig on-set??!! :D I wish they took a pic of him

  • Anonymous

    Real locations! Real locations! Real locations! Thank god we get the first Star Wars movie since 1983 that wont look like a video game!

    • Anonymous

      “Real locations! Thank god we get the first Star Wars movie since 1983 that wont look like a video game!”
      You don’t know what you’re talking about. Episode I was shot in Whippendel Woods near London, as well as multiple other real locations. How many CGI trees do you think you saw since 1983?

      • Anonymous

        And many shots had actors green-screened into the foreground of those trees.

        You’re right that people often forget how much model work and location there *was* in the PT. But his point about them looking like video games is true.

        • Aside from Naboo and Tatooine in Episode 1 I don’t recall any other outdoor environments used… Kamino, Geonosis, Coruscant/ everything in ROTS were sets if I recall correctly.

          Yeah lets get some more real world locations please…. but I do mirror the desire for wanting something other than terrestrial trees to look at. I mean if you think about it why would there be trees as we know them on other planets? If there were “trees” they’d probably look very different. I dug the Into Darkness approach of using those red leafed trees with dense canopy.

          • Ryan

            Lots of location shooting was done for elements of earth reality that were transformed into alien reality.

            What’s so funny of course is that small minority that you can never please because they go on about wanting practical effects then when they get them with Mustafar with the largest model shoot ever in Star Wars then they complain about that too!

          • Pomojema

            Episode II had some location shooting for Naboo. Episode III was done entirely on a set, but the environments of various planets (Kashyyyk, Mustafar, Alderaan) were made possible by composite filming.

        • Ryan

          No it isn’t. I’ve seen video games they don’t look that good at all.

          I always marvel at this nonsensical idea of reality and fakeness. It’s like Yoda the more real he looks some people react to him being fake but the faker he looks (the puppet) they treat him like he’s more real.

          So the logic is that places are only “alien” when they look like Earth but the less they look like Earth the faker they are.

          Mind boggling!

          • S. Crumb

            Yoda looked more real as a puppet because he was real, he had a physical presence. Now days though with motion capture and all, I wouldn’t mind a CG yoda. But yeah, the CG one In the PT looked pretty bad.

          • Ryan

            No, the Yoda in the PT looked awesome. He could actually have a true physical presence and go anywhere and interact with anyone and in any environment. The puppet was great for it’s time but that time is long past.

            People need to take the rose tinted glasses off and look at what was actually done in ESB and the reality of all the things they couldn’t do and they had to cut and all the shortcuts they took to get a few barely usable minutes out of it.

    • Ryan

      LOL!!!!

      I don’t know how Mustafar, Upatau, Corsucant etc don’t look like “real” locations because they do. They just don’t look like places on Earth.

      What is even odder by that “logic” how do Naboo and Tatooine both featured in I and II do not look “real”.

    • Anonymous

      dagobah was a set in a studio , bespin was a set , quite a lot of hoth was a set ……

  • Pomojema

    I got a bit of a Naboo vibe from this, actually. It looks a little too colorful to be Dagobah.

  • Anonymous

    Dagobah? .. But that’s a swamp planet not a forest planet lol. Did somebody just go OMG TRESS DOGOBAH HAD TREES

  • SKYWATER

    What if eposode 7 turns out to be the best star wars Movie yet?? ( i feel inspired by what Kevin Smith had to say)& now inspired by theese Pictures, Maaan; that would sure put a lot of pressure on ep.8 & 9 (also to find new stunning outdoor locations for 8&9

    Really nice Pictures of puzzlewood, you feel that it is real & that you can touch it.

    I am glad they have decided to include a wotld with forest & i immediatley Think: “the living force” The jedi Always seemed so out of Place & in their wrong element, in the sterile Environment on Coruscant (perhaps Another reason for their diminished ability to use the force) I hope Luke sets up camp on a forestworld, regardless if he is the only jedi, or have a handful apprentices or if there are a new jedi order…

  • I never new of such a thing, what is this “Jedi wig” you speak of?…

    It’s Endor, it’s gotta be Endor

    Keeping my fingers crossed that we get to see Wicket as the new Ewoks Chief and wielding a Green Lightsaber as well in Episode 7 m/

  • KJ

    Dagobah? Having jedi training on a world that Luke himself trained on would fit right in with making a sequel that would incorporate old with new. The cave is a great way for the writers to bring anyone from the past back and give an opinion on current events or a dialogue about the past. It was featured in the last arc of the Clone Wars as a world strong in the force where Yoda went to commune with Qui Gon Jinn. Maybe that’s where Luke goes to commune with Yoda, Obi Wan…or even his father… What a great bridge between the prequels and the new trilogy that would be. It’d also be a great way to explain away some of the prequels and give Vader/Anakin more depth while giving viewers a recap of the temptation of the dark side…without Jar Jar.

    • Tirindo

      Dagobah was my first thought as well. Just add some digital fog in post-production. The place can’t be ALL swamp.

      Yavin 4 was rainforest, quite distinct from a “European” forest.

      Endor … well, despite having its name ripped off from Tolkien’s Elvish name of Middle-earth, it never seemed like a very magical place to me. Also, we know that some of its inhabitants utterly failed to charm the majority of fans. No, let Endor rest in peace, I should say. The stone-age natives need a millennium or ten to catch up anyway.

      Dagobah, on the other hand, is a world of some atmosphere and mystery. That place might well be worth a second (or third) visit.

  • Cosmicdolphin

    We went to Puzzlewood last Summer as we stayed nearby and it was one of the few attractions in the area. Great place, with lots of interesting moss covered ancient trees and rocks. Took a good few hours to walk all the way round and we did get a little lost at one point. We later saw it in jack the Giant Slayer, just after they climb the top of the beanstalk they use Puzzlewood as the location. It’s been used in the BBC series Merlin as well, and Doctor Who in the 2nd part of time of The Angels / Flesh and Stone. ( Link below )

    http://images5.fanpop.com/image/photos/25900000/Doctor-River-5×05-Flesh-And-Stone-the-doctor-and-river-song-25932092-1920-1080.jpg

    I could easily see it being made to look like another part of Dagobah with swamps added either with practical FX or in post…equally it could be part of Endor I guess although it’s kind of darker and more ancient looking than what we saw in ROTJ.

    Of course it may be somewhere completely new…maybe the same place as the scene with the ‘Wooden Fortress’ I heard mentioned around these parts. It would certainly fit in with that scenario.

  • Anonymous

    Just noticed they added the radar dish from endor in the bbc clip….funny touch

  • Cosmicdolphin

    Also, it does have man made stone steps and wooden bridges, there’s also a kind of ‘lookout’ bit where it’s higher above some rock formations so I’m guessing it will have to be used as a location where people live or have lived in the past…not totally remote.

  • Tail2

    This looks like something that could be Yavin 4

  • Anonymous

    Luke Skywalker may be a Gandalf type figure in this series- SW was always LOTR in space, anyway..

    • Darth Rybo

      “Star Wars has always been lord of the rings in space anyways…” Tell me exactly how this is even a somewhat sensical statement HAHAHA. I love both Star Wars and LotR, but I’m wracking my brain in how they bare any resemblance to eachother, other than the fantasy element. Possibly the ties to allegory but seriously, that statement is just silly drivel. I can understand if you mean they are simply similar in how epic they are and how much you like them both, I just don’t see it.

      • Anonymous

        old man in the middle of everything convinces youngsters who know nothing about it to go on dangerous quest to return something

      • Anonymous

        A wizard, a dark lord, a farm boy, a quest..

  • Anonymous

    Thick forests and long braided wigs – Dathomir?
    Witches of Dathomir/Nightsisters maybe have a big role in SW7.

    • Blue Comet

      Exactly! It’s probably Dathomir, with all the witches and stuff

      • Anonymous

        Watch TCW. Dathomir looks nothing like that.

        • Anonymous

          Dathomir has a really varied terrain, including thick forests.

  • Jedi Master Ty

    Do you guys rememebr the claim of the “new planet that has already been mentioned” a few months ago? I Remember reading that in february or March maybe? This may also be corellia. But If i had to put money on a planet, I would side with Yavin, because it matches the “large stone door” set that is claimed to be built at pinewood from a week or so ago. just my 2 cents.

    • Pomojema

      Interesting… Do you have a source on that statement?

      • Jeff

        I remember reading that too. It was on this site I believe.

  • Pomojema

    I just realized something. We all know that Tatooine is the desert planet filmed at Abu Dhabi. We have heard that the movie is filming in Iceland, leaving the possibility of Hoth showing up on the table. And now, we have a location that looks a lot like Endor, Naboo, or Yavin IV. It sounds like the rumors of the “Search For Skywalker” could be true if the environments are of any indication.

    • Anonymous

      I’d bet anything that is all about the search for Luke because an ancient foe resurfaces and he’s needed in the fight against the threat.
      Those ‘wigs’ to me look like they could hairstyles for Witches/Nightsisters. Plus Dathomir has thick forests as well as icecaps and deep valleys.

      • I am your father.

        Luke’s starship crashes on a planet. Solo and his kids are flying for a search for Skywalker. In the meantime Luke Finds John Boyega and starting to teach him the ways of the Force… But while they’re all {b-team} doin’ the work, villains are planning to take over the new republic… And doing it. Sounds good to me, but not to you cause yeah, you see, my English is even worse than old Jar-Jar that will definitely make a cameo in VII XD

    • Darth CJ

      Iceland is green…and greenland is full of ice. Not hoth sorry.

      • Pomojema

        There are actually plenty of areas in Iceland that are snow-covered.

  • Anonymous

    Hopefully no stupid fuckin teddy bears. People often whine about the PT but seem to forget how lame those little bastards on Endor ruined ROTJ. I agree the PT was fucked up but, I’d take ROTS over ROTJ any day.

    • Bilbo

      Hey, in the Ewoks defense. They showed more emotion and acting chops than Hayden every did.

      • Anonymous

        Ok, that’s true I guess . And, I’ll also give you that shave girl Leia is better than anything in ROTS but that’s it.

        • Anonymous

          Sorry, didn’t catch that typo! What the hell is a “shave girl”?
          Ok, that’s true I guess . And, I’ll also give you that slave girl Leia is better than anything in ROTS but that’s it.

          • Anonymous

            I’m still going with “shave girl”. Always wondered what was under that gold bikini.;)

          • Anonymous

            “Always wondered what was under that gold bikini.;)”

            Pure 80s bush.

          • Bilbo

            Plus, in the Ewoks defenese, they will stone you to death or burn you alive, eat your flesh, and then use your head as a bongo drum.
            Ewoks are pretty cool if you think about. I think the way they took down the Empire was poorly executed. Maybe if there were more Ewoks and it actually showed them killing the Stormtroopers instead of throwing a rock at them and then they fall down, people might accept it.
            But yeah, I actually quite love Jedi. That fight between Luke and Darth is my favorite of the series.

    • Anonymous

      the ewoks are cool … spending years getting ready to fight a guerrilla war only to have it jump started by the stupid rebels …. the empire would still be there if it wasnt for them …. anyway kids love them and at the end of the day they are films for 10 year olds

    • Anonymous

      “Hopefully no stupid fuckin teddy bears. People often whine about the PT but seem to forget how lame those little bastards on Endor ruined ROTJ. I agree the PT was fucked up but, I’d take ROTS over ROTJ any day.”

      No. That’s pure nonsense. Many, or perhaps most, people who dislike the PT also complain about the Ewoks being a bad idea. People easily recognize that VI was the weakest OT film.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t want a return to an original trilogy location. Already going back to the desert, lets get some other locations. Maybe get to see more of Kashyyyk?

  • I

    Yep, bet anything Luke returns to Dagobah for some unfinished business.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, he’s gonna go back in that cave and pick up that damn helmet with his head in it and throw it in Yoda’s old hut.

  • Anonymous

    I have a question. What are the lightsaber fights going to look like? They are practicing with wooden swords but are the fights going to look like eps 1-3 or 4-6?

    • S. Crumb

      I’d say a combination of both. A bit more choreographed than the original trilogy but at the same time will feel more real and emotional than the prequel trilogy.

      • Darth Rybo

        I try to respect everyone’s opinion and know you weren’t knocking the fights in the PT, but I just can’t understand why so many people HATE those fights. To me, the saber fights in the PT were one of the few truly exciting parts of it. The fights, like a lot of things in the PT took not only an imagination on the part of the viewer, but a pretty deep understanding of Star Wars. To most hardcore OT fans, it seemed like super cheesy, ballerina fighting ninjas with fake swords. To which I say “have an imagination and think logically as to what Lucas was trying to portray”. Seems pretty obvious Lucas was trying to portray these are what fully trained Jedi KNIGHTS can do. If you watch those fights and simply think “ok these Jedi, have been trained quite literally their entire lives. They are using the force, which taps into many powers like foresight into their opponents next move. They can jump much higher, run MUCH faster, and move shit with their mind” of COURSE they should be able to do those things!!!! Instead it seems people who hated those fights just expect it to be more “realistic”, or in other words, look just like it did in the OT. Which I’m thankful Lucas didn’t do. He made something new. I don’t believe it was simply to just one-up his fights in the OT, it seems that’s how Lucas always felt Jedi could fight before they died out.

        I’ve read crap like “why would anyone dance around, twirling swords like they weigh nothing, flipping like a ballerina, and seems so choreographed”. Of course it was choreographed! These actors can’t naturally come in and do those things. This is FANTASY. And who says a light saber is even heavy? It’s a sword made of light! I’ve seen people spar with real (blunted) steel swords, who can make it look like nothing but a stick you found in the back yard. I have personally trained in, and sparred with a few different sword fighting styles. All of which given time, familiarity with the sword, and muscle development, become very manageable to use. In which the weight of them seemed like nothing.

        And another point if like to make, the fights in the OT seemed less choreographed, and “real” and can easily be explained that luke hadn’t trained his entire life by masters. He pretty much learned on his own. Not to mention vader was severely limited with mobility. Read any book about how hard it was for vader to adjust to his shitty robotic limbs, and suit hinderance. Even if you couldn’t read a book, it seems pretty easy to gather that from the movies.

        Now I will easily concede there were some fights that held no emotional weight or excitement in the PT (ie any battle with dookie). But to say there were none is just ridiculous and I’d say it’s due to people’s hate for the PT. To say darth mauls fight with obi-wan and qui-gon…amazing. And quite emotional. I remember watching that and being blown away to finally see what a fully trained Jedi and Sith Lord could do. Then the two fights at the end of ROTS, were incredible.

        I know what most people will say to that too “..the fight with anakin and obi-wan was sooo lame, cause they twirled their light sabers around for no reason..” Which is a ludicrous complaint. I know so many people and fans who let that one thing destroy their appreciation for a fight. It just blows my mind that people didn’t like that fight. It was one of the very few fights where the actors did all the moves. It was not sped up, didn’t have a cgi’ed face, or anything. It took them six months to just film that fight. There was such badass detail in that fight it was incredible. To the little twirly maneuver they did, I feel like it was them simply trying to show eachother up, out maneuver, and was indicative to how similarly they fight. Being one was taught by the other. As far as the yoda vs sidious fight…if you don’t like that one or get sense any emotional gravity to it, I think you’re crazy. It’s probably one of the best parts of the PT. Seeing the two most powerful sentient beings go at it (whether or not it was cgi or not) was incredible. And was an incredibly heavy emotional moment seeing yoda being brought down a peg or two. His arrogance definitely blinded him. Which was exactly the entire theme of the PT. Just how out of balance the force was mostly on the part of the Jedi and their arrogant, dogmatic view of the galaxy. Sorry for the long comment, just wanted to throw my opinion out there.

        • Anonymous

          I grew up with the OT and understand why people would make such comments about the light saber fights in the PT but I would be one that totally agrees with you on this. The fights in the PT are AMAZING and I hope to see more in the new films. I find the Anakin/Obi-Wan fight to be the best one of all. That fight was so exciting and in the end so heart breaking, making it the most powerful fight in my opinion.

          • Tirindo

            The PT may have its problems, but the saber fights are certainly not among them. Even those who otherwise trashed The Phantom Menace freely admitted that the final fight with Darth Maul was great. And the fateful, furious confrontation on Mustafar will be hard to ever top. That one really is the pinnacle of cinematic art as far as light saber duels are concerned.

            The only problem is that the first saber duel of the original trilogy (old Obi-Wan vs. Vader) may suddenly look rather dull in comparison. But I think it is justified in terms of story. Apart from the fact that they are now somewhat reduced (Obi-Wan is aged and likely out of practice, Vader is now a cyborg), you could say that they are deliberately taking it slow. After so many years, they are sort of savoring the moment when they finally meet again.

            Vader doesn’t want to cut down Obi-Wan too soon; first he wants to gloat about how he has now become a “master” (the status explicitly denied to him by the Jedi, and which he has now achieved among the Sith instad). Obi-Wan is deliberately stalling, buying time for the others to make it back to the Falcon while Vader is distracted.

            So I see it as unproblematic that this duel is patient and deliberate rather than a storm of flashing light sabers. When he faces Luke in the next movie, we do see that Vader is quite capable of a far more intense saber fight if he so chooses.

        • Pomojema

          The flashy-twirly-thing was explained as them building up momentum in their Lightsabers. Works for me.

          • Anonymous

            Why would they need to build up momentum with their lightsabers? ^_-

          • Anonymous

            Who cares if the faces weren’t cgi’d, or that it took months to rehearse. The problem was that the scale of it was too big and shattered the suspension of disbelief. The fight was video game shlock which ruined everything. The visuals and the fight itself took over so the actual context had zero tension whatsoever. The OT fights felt real. Like you were really there with them. They slowed down a lot for basic close ups. The prequels had very little of this and did the ‘bigger is better’ approach. It depends what you want. Good storytelling, or big budget effects.

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