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UPDATE 8: New Footage With John Boyega and Extras from the Episode VII Set at Greenham Common. Harrison Ford Expected on Set on Monday.

Newbury Berkshire  England UK

A curious photo was posted on Twitter showing the Falcon and an X-Wing build on a new filming location. Oh, and it looks like that’s where all the turf I told you yesterday about went…

 

First here’s the tweet:

 

X-Wing & Falcon Greenham Common is a former Royal Air Force station in Berkshire, England. The airfield is located to the south-east of Newbury, Berkshire, about 50 miles (80 km) west of London.   Opened in 1942, it was used by both the Royal Air Force and United States Army Air Forces during the Second World War and the United States Air Force during the Cold War. After the Cold War ended, it was closed in 1993. In 1997 Greenham Common was designated as public parkland.   Comparing the 2 pictures above you can clearly see that the X-Wing is parked in front of one of the 6 ground shelters (visible in the first picture):    

 

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The GAMA Site

 

This is called the GAMA site (GLCM Alert and Maintenance Area) which was built in the southwest corner of the base. GAMA was a maximum security QRA (Quick Reaction Alert) area with 6 large above ground shelters in which fully operational cruise missiles were stored. These shelters were specially designed and constructed to protect the GLCMs and crews against nuclear and conventional strikes. They were about 10 m high, with a reinforced 2 m thick concrete ceiling. Below was a massive titanium plate, 3 m of sand and a reinforced concrete plate. The shelters were completely covered with tons of clay. Each shelter was equipped with three hydraulic nuclear blast proof doors at both ends to assure a quick entry or exit. (via Wiki)    

 

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This could definitely work as some kind of a hidden base on a grassy planet with the ground shelters serving as ship hangars. And you can definitely see in the second image that a lot of turf has been applied to the place. ;)                                

 

 

UPDATE!                

 

An interesting fact – Greenham Common was home to the 501st Tactical Missile Wing! :) (thanks to Desmond)

   

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Also as pointed out by JCF member vinsanity, this place highly resemble the Jedi Enclave in Dantooine in KOTOR. If you’re not familiar with the planet here’s the Wookiepedia description:

Dantooine was a pleasant world of grasslands, rivers and lakes. It hosted a small population spread amongst single-family settlements and small communities with large land holdings. Its sentient population consisted primarily of simple Human farmers, though Dantooine was also home to the primitive Dantari race. Native wildlife included the kath hound, the iriaz, the kinrath, and the graul.    

 

The planet had no industrial settlements or advanced technology by the time of the Galactic Civil War, save for a temporary Rebel base there.

 

Dantooine

Dantooine

Dantooine  

Thanks to JCF member TK327 for spotting the tweet.                                

 

 

UPDATE 2!                

 

Another picture was posted on Twitter together with a video clip of the set:  

   


 

 

UPDATE 3!

 

New picture was posted on Twitter. It’s with a very low quality but you can definitely see a white cloaked figure running. Judging by the cloak it looks like a female character reminding me of Princess Leia’s costume from ANH. Or could this be a Stormtrooper? I’m not sure, looks more like a cloak and hood than uniform.

 

 

No matter the quality, this actually is the first leaked picture of what looks like a more important character (not just extra) from the movie.    

 


Source: MagnarTheGreat

 

 

UPDATE 4!

 

The guys from MakingStarWars found a new image showing a black X-Wing build on the Greenham Common set. Take a closer look at the top left. Also there’s a white X-Wing in the center.

Also the Millennium Falcon is still only half build which could only mean that the ship will be filmed only from one side.

 

X-Wing

 

And yet another interesting tweet:

 

 

As you might remember from my previous reports Kira is most likely Daisy Ridley’s character production name that won’t be used in the actual movie. So it’s another scene featuring the actress. Looks like she’s definitely the lead.            

 

 

UPDATE 5!      

 

Latino Review shared some better quality pictures with the X-Wings:  

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black x-wing

white x-wing

Falcon  

Also BadAssDigest shared some interesting bits on the topic:

I’ve been off the Star Wars beat for the last couple of weeks because I heard that some folks got themselves in deep, deep shit over the pictures that IndieRevolver leaked. Like, fired.   New black X-Wing? And with those orange wings? Those are Sith colors to me.    

 

I don’t know that this X-Wing is flown by a Sith. I honestly don’t know who the heck flies it, but it does seem to back up a lot of the stuff I’ve been hearing about the lines between the Empire and the Republic being very blurred. The chrome trim on it is interesting, as I have personally seen concept art of the new chrome Storm Troopers – could they be in the cockpit of this X-Wing?

       

 

 

UPDATE 6!      

 

Check out this video of an actual Episode VII scene being filmed at Greenham. As I said before the Falcon is only half build because he will be filmed only from one side. (via The Cantina)

 

                 

 

 

UPDATE 7!      

 

Cool shots of extras and vehicles from the set. (via Eric Geller)    

 

 

 

 

UPDATE 8!

 

First a few new pics and a video from Rick Lawrence of a scene being filmed at Greenham. You can clearly hear the name of John Boyega.

 

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Greenham 03

Greenham

 

 

 

 

Next MakingStarWars found an interesting post on Tumblr. According to the poster Harrison Ford will be on set on Monday. Well I guess this was kinda expected considering that the Falcon is on the set but still it’s cool if true. And this will put some heat to the rumors that Isaac is piloting the Falcon in the movie.

 

Rebel-Fighter

 

 

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  • Coops

    Looks a bit like the temple on Yavin iv. Or Star Wars Hobbiton.

    • Ryan

      Not to worry. They’re still flying half a ship!

      • Tirindo

        Let us praise them for taking the trouble to build a physical set of the ship (obviously they only built the side we are going to see). They might have gone for the lazy solution of putting up a huge greenscreen and slipping in a digital Falcon in post-prodcution.

        “The quick and easy path,” as Yoda would say, but they went the extra mile instead. Kudos!

        • Anonymous

          Actually, by catering to you loud- mouthed fanboys, that is the quick and easy path. This looks just like Epidode 4… So much for creative designs.

        • Anonymous

          Or a matte Falcon, like in ROTJ.

    • Darth viper

      Do we get a trailer this Christmas? Mabey the preview at the hobbit movie. Wouldnt that just rock?

  • Yavinesque

    You can imagine that a matted in base will be atop of the hanger doors, very interesting ands feels very episode 4.

    • Ryan

      The original conception George had for Yavin was obviously far grander than they ended up doing because of budget cuts.

      The original plan was to have the hangar and the ships in the exteriors like WWII airstrips.

      • Anonymous

        The Special Edition at least added nice details like the Falcon shown landing near the temple and the temple hangar shown as a tiny slit underneath a huge stone structure rather than taking up half the scene and showing only a rectangular slab above.

  • Anonymous

    Dantooine!

    • Vibes

      Would love to see that one. It is entirely possible that the planet was reoccupied again by the Rebels after the Empire’s defeat at Endor.

      They spoke of an abandoned rebel base, after all.

      I hope it will come close to how it was shown in Kotor. Grass/wheatfields and small settlements.

  • Fooled Trooper

    It has a Dantooine wibe…

    • MrZippo

      Needs more purple flora.

  • Anonymous

    I hope it will be Dantooine!

  • Anonymous

    Don’t you think this will be a scene involving Han and Luke, Lukes X-Wing parked next to the Falcon while they discuss strategys etc

    • spud

      2 x-wings in the new pic

  • foodoo nz

    Dantooine! they’re on Dantooine”

  • Anonymous

    The Falcon looks a bit battle damaged – half of it missing :)

    • Anonymous

      budget cuts. hopefully nobody will notice

      • Anonymous

        In an effort to reach a compromise between fans of both Star Wars trilogies, JJ Abrams decided to have half of the Millennium Falcon appear in cartoon form.

      • Anonymous

        Gonna be quite draughty when they fly it!

        • S. Crumb

          So the rumor is true? I can’t wait to see the half practical costume/half cartoon Stormtroopers .

          • Anonymous

            All you guys who call CG “cartoon,” try animating something… There’s more talent and work that goes into it than you think.

            • S. Crumb

              I agree, but the clones in AotC looked like cartoons. And not using any practical clone costumes was just ridiculous.

  • Anonymous

    Don’t you think this will be a scene involving Han and Luke, Lukes X-Wing parked next to the Falcon while they discuss strategys etc?

    • Darth Barrista

      Maybe there’re having a coffee or something.

      • Anonymous

        “Fancy a doughnut Chewie?”

        “Arrrggghghghhhggh.”

        “Good lad.”

    • Anonymous

      They’re gonna work out who-owes-who.

      In Empire, Han says to Luke, “…that’s two you owe me junior” but in Jedi, Han says, “thanks for coming after me, now I owe you one”

      Since Han saved Luke twice and Luke saved Han once, doesn’t Luke still “owe” Han one more?

      • Anonymous

        Star Wars is Math Fantasy, not Math Science.

  • And

    …WOW! – the best news story for ages;amazing how no-one in the area hasn`t spotted this before,as it looks like they`ve been working on the Falcon for a while:}

  • Anonymous

    I live in Newbury and it was mentioned on a local Facebook group. For some reason Facebook are always removing the posts as requested!

  • Anonymous

    this film is under the same pressure as empire strikes back to be good.

  • Anonymous

    Dantooine was blown up in episode 4

    • Jonipoon

      No it wasnt.. Alderaan was blown up, and shortly therafter the Death Star was blown up….

    • Retrotek

      Dantooine was “far too remote to make an effective demonstration” of the death star.

      • Darth Vader

        I’m so pissed off that we never got to “Deal with her Rebel friends soon enough”

    • darth fernal

      Have you even watched STAR WARS?

      • Anonymous

        He’s been watching Alderaan films

    • Anonymous

      One thing that could be a worry is that there is a pattern: Episode IV, two and a half planets. Episode I, 3 planets. Episode III, 7 or 8 planets. Episode VII, 4 or possibly 7 planets? Hope they got a good editor cause we might have a mess on our hands

  • Shawshank

    The responses here are funny but I’m trying to remember when Dantooine was blown up in Episode IV.

    Boggles the mind.

    Lol….and yeah we can totally tell that’s Luke’s X-Wing….blue tarps and all.

  • Shawshank

    Seriously though, even the description of Dantooine as a grassy planet with rivers and lakes….

    Do any planets in a GFFA have multiple climates? Canonically, zero as of now. I suppose that’s just part of “the universe.”

    • JJ2

      Yes, it’s weird isn’t it. The whole star wars universe could pretty much be contained on one Earth-sized planet with different climatic zones.

      • Anonymous

        You mean, like “Earth”

  • DKDent77

    Well I loved hunting those Grauls there back in the SWG days. I love that they also use concepts from KOTOR/TOR as well as McQuarries for the ST. I think there was some art from Tython that looked a lot like the Skellig Michael landscape…

  • Anonymous

    You can just go up there and have a look around. I did it yesterday and walked in the Falcon, they were really nice. The shelters they said were to replicate the climax to Return of the Jedi in the forest.

    • Darth Ginger

      Carrie Fisher asked me to tell you to shut up.

  • Anonymous

    Is it just me or that x wing looks a lot more like lukes old x wing (longer and thinner nose)

    • Why Wing?

      It does look much more like the classic X-Wing as opposed to the newer one we saw in the second Force for Change video. I think this report suggests Either/both Dantooine and Yavin IV could be included in the next film.

      • Anonymous

        So, an environment that looks like something else must be that thing. In which case, this scene will either be on Endor, Yavin IV, Naboo or Kashyyyk. Nothing new or anything… :P

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, the fuselage looks much thinner.

    • jon solo

      I heard that they where the new J.E.W x-wing class

  • Anonymous

    It will be Yavin IV, no doubt.

    • General Magma

      Yavin IV is full of trees, though.

  • Anonymous

    If yoda force ghost has finally taught Luke how to move the xwing using just the force of his mind, Luke could now fly it remotely, like a drone xwing, making trench runs a lot safer for himself.

    • Anonymous

      And you’d think Luke would be able to use the Force to free himself from bondage in morraband.

  • autosuggestion

    the Falcon and X-Wing look great but those red ships look AWFUL, i hope they make them look better in post.

  • Anonymous

    You would think the Rebels would hook Luke up with a new ride after 30+ years.
    Guess he likes the classic X-wing. Either that or maybe the Rebels are struggling financially.

  • Darth Vedder

    Well, since the Falcon (and lots of X-Wings) were seen landed in the hangars of different rebel bases (or in a Rebel cruiser’s, in RotJ’s case) in all 3 OT films, it only made sense that the same would hold true for the ST.

    I couldn’t care less which planet they’re on (or what that planet’s environment will be like). I’m only glad that this seems to be the case.

    • Anonymous

      Rush Clovis and the banking clan!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ree Yees
  • Anonymous

    Let me guess, they’re using those paintings for inspiration because they were done by Ralph McQuarrie?

    • Anonymous

      Totally. I mean why use designs from somebody that created iconic designs that have gone down in film history? They should get with the times. Innovation equals success. In fact they should hire pre-school kids with their crayon drawings. Using designs by a genius like Ralph McQuarrie is such a terrible idea.

      • Leia’s brown knickers

        The films must look consistent with first one or it isn’t ‘Star Wars’, just another sci-fi series pretending to be, like the prequel trilogy!

        • Contrast

          That’s odd…isn’t that what Episode one did?
          Tatooine/Tatooine
          Naboo/Yavin
          Trade Federation ships/Death Star

          I guess that underwaterworld was just too much.

          • 23 figures £149

            No, Phantom Menace didn’t look like Star Wars at all!

            • Anonym