Is Tatooine’s Primary Moon Important in Star Wars: Episode 7?

Tatooine One of the latest Star Wars Rebels clips showed a brief glimpse of something that has raised many questions. Was it meant as an intentional hint, or something else?


First, here’s the Rebels clip that made many eyebrows raise.



While going through a series of scenes from all 6 Star Wars movies the video stops on what appears to be a shot of an unknown planet, with the voice over saying “Freeze, we’ve gone too far”. Then the video rewinds to the Rebels part. Now I have no doubts that this was a direct hint at Episode VII. Now the big question is – is this really an important planet? Or did they reuse the image of Tatooine’s moon for that scene because they needed an extra planet?


If you take a closer look at the larger Tatooine moon from the first picture and compare it to the planet from the Rebels clip, you can definitely see that they are the same. There’s just a difference in the planets’ tint.



Primary Moon


According Wookiepedia the Primary Moon from the picture above is called Ghomrassen. It was named after a town of the same name in the province of Tataouine, Tunisia.


We all have heard the rumors that the desert planet seen from the Episode VII set photos is not Tatooine. I personally don’t see any sense in introducing another planet that looks almost identical to something that the audience is already familiar with. Still, the moon could have a certain role in the story. At this point everything is just a wild guess.


There’s another possibility for that planet. If you look in the picture above, you will notice that the planet’s color was shifted from the warm brownish color to a more cold-looking blue. So what if they were just hinting at another icy planet, but used that image not expecting that anyone would notice? Maybe the use of the word “freeze” was not a coincidence. 🙂


Whatever the case, it seems very likely that this part of the video was meant to refer to Episode VII. Whether it was showing us Tatooine’s moon or another planet remains to be seen.



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35 thoughts on “Is Tatooine’s Primary Moon Important in Star Wars: Episode 7?

  • September 14, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    You are overthinking it

    • September 15, 2014 at 12:15 am

      Lol, good one.
      But it’s a funny overthinking anyway.

      • September 15, 2014 at 3:47 am

        An ice moon orbiting a desert planet. Makes perfect sense…. Not.

        • September 15, 2014 at 6:01 am

          It could make perfect sense depending on its atmosphere, orbit, position in relation to suns, etc. it’s called science.

        • September 15, 2014 at 5:04 pm

          based on the fact that luke and ben go around with-out wearing protective gear, we can safely assume that tatooine is not too much hotter than say, utah, gobi desert, sahara or any other desert. Tattooine is like that because of it’s lack of water, not because of it’s solar proximity. Depending on the time of year and its actual variables that we don’t even know, could this be old tatt’s moon? I don’t see why not.
          However, who says this has to do w/ ep.7? this could be a clue, or this could be a prank designed to mess with our brains, and distract us from the actual FILMING of the movie that’s happening right now as I type.

        • September 16, 2014 at 10:59 pm

          Um…there is probably ice on OUR moon. As long as there is little or no atmosphere on a planet’s surface, then it could easily be frigid. Space is cold Ani.

    • September 15, 2014 at 7:54 am

      I think over-analyzing some stuff is good. I like the idea of an icy planet orbiting a hot, desert planet. Two planet orbiting each other but both have contradicting weather schemes. Seems cool to me. Of course, even though I’m a life long SW fan, I still have a lot to learn. I just recently found out about the 7 main forms of lightsaber combat. I never knew them about until now. So, if most SW fans don’t like the Episode 7 people using one of the moons orbiting Tatooine in Episode 7, and if most fans don’t like the idea of the planet being a ice one, then I don’t like it.

      P.s. I’m back, and my name one the forum is Jedi General.

      • September 16, 2014 at 6:18 am

        The universe is a staggeringly large place. If it can be imagined (without utterly defying the laws of physics) it probably exists somewhere.

  • September 14, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    The markings on the worlds are the same, why would they put this particular moon at the end of the commercial? Easter Egg? It means something.

  • September 14, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    This seems like a stretch.

  • September 14, 2014 at 11:33 pm

    This was worth mentioning! Even if false, a good eye caught a specifically reuse of an existing element from the original, trilogy.
    Without the speculation of freeze/ice planet,
    It goes to show how star wars can reuse its own archive, such as the space suit from cantina was repurposed into bossk, and Ig88’s head was part of the bartenders drink system from the cantina as well.

    Very cool post!

  • September 15, 2014 at 12:26 am

    I don’t know if Tatooine will be important or not. I have other thoughts in my mind.
    Like judging the writers of E7 (specially Kasdan), last photos from extras and ships, stormtroopers rumors, the set from a desert at the beggining of production, Mcquarrie concepts, and ATAT walking around, I’m the only one who think this star wars movie will be absolutely astonishing, brilliant and more?
    Yes, there’s a posibility to be not as good as OT or to be simply a bad movie. But right now I have the feeling i will cry a lot.
    Tears of happines of course. 😉
    Cheers everyone!

  • September 15, 2014 at 12:33 am

    This blog is pretty good for the most part, but there are posts like this that really hurt its credibility. I think a lot of the rumors are a stretch but this one goes beyond “stretch” and to the point where I wonder if maybe your forgot to take your meds.

    • September 15, 2014 at 6:46 am

      Billy…is that you!
      Get off the computer and being so critical!!!
      Did you remember to clean your eck phfpttpbh…did you get into the medicine chest again!!!
      Your grounded!!

  • September 15, 2014 at 1:19 am

    Definitely an Easter egg. There is absolutely no reason to show that unless it has a relevancy to ep 7. Good catch!

  • September 15, 2014 at 1:21 am

    I thought this was a stretch but then I watched the video. It has to mean something.

  • September 15, 2014 at 3:32 am

    What the hell, and I though this was the Death Star :S hehehehehehe I need glasses

    • September 15, 2014 at 4:16 am

      No, you’re right. It is the Death Star…

      …or, should we say: The Death Star 3, which is actually Morriband, where Luke Skywalker is imprisoned so the Sith Inquisitors can draw on his powers and power up the planet to use as a weapon to give the struggling Empire an advantage over the new Galactic Republic.

      • September 15, 2014 at 4:20 am

        And they use Ewoks slaves. And Moraband has engines now

  • September 15, 2014 at 7:01 am

    I think Daisy Ridley looks like Camie from the deleted Anchorhead scenes.
    Camie Loneozner she was played by Koo Stark which sounds like a character from Star Wars.

  • September 15, 2014 at 11:23 am

    This site here is becoming paranoid…

  • September 15, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    I like how everyone is stepping onto their high horse to say this is some kind of stretch, and then give no other alternative explanation

    • September 15, 2014 at 2:28 pm

      What about “It is simple the moon of Tatooine template with no further meaning”?

      The Star Wars franchise is not the Matrix franchise where you can interpret a lot of things on every single s*it you see on screen…

  • September 15, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    Let’s not forget that these are the same people who told us “the Jedi will rise” in the Rebels teaser.

  • September 16, 2014 at 4:31 am

    Personally I couldn’t care less whether this Tatooine moon will be another satellite (Yavin, Endor) with an important role to play in the Saga or not. Obviously, there will be many planets, moons, spaceships and so forth seen in the ST. The important thing, IMO, is the stuff that will be happening on those backgrounds, not the background itself.

  • September 16, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    Since “Ghomrassen” (if they keep that name) was among the very first planets/moons we EVER saw in the Star Wars galaxy, it would be fun to actually visit it. It should be an airless, low-gravity world, like our own moon. Who knows what secret is up there? Is that where the mysterious “Ancient Fear” has been buried for eons?

    In none of the six movies do people put on a space suit to go outside a ship, which would also be an interesting first if they visit this moon. No way it can plausibly have enough gravity to maintain an atmosphere, even in a space fantasy movie. It is so much smaller than Tatooine below.

    We get the impression that the galaxy is FULL of planets/moons with breathable air and comfortable gravity, but that must be written off as selection bias: Humans tend to only visit the tiny fractions of planets suitable for them.

    • September 16, 2014 at 8:28 pm

      We do see them put on a spacesuit in The Empire Strikes Back – a breath mask anyway. They were extremely subtle about what exactly was going on but I assumed the Millennium Falcon was projecting some sort of field. Could the field be portable, meaning people in Star Wars don’t wear big spacesuits, or does it require the ship? If I had to guess, I would say the people who made the movie did not have an answer to this question, so the real question becomes :

      What feels more like Star Wars?

      • September 16, 2014 at 9:04 pm

        I think the idea was that the belly of the beast (as it turned out to be) had some kind of gas in it, so they didn’t need pressure suits, but the atmosphere wasn’t breathable and they did need oxygen masks.

        In EU sources there are references to space suits, I think. I believe there is a story where Tarkin, dissatisfied by one of his underlings, put him outside the ship in a suit and kept the radio on to let everyone hear how he pleaded and begged and finally expired when his oxygen ran out.

        Of course, this is not strictly “canon” now. But if they were to venture outside a ship in space or on a small moon, I think all logic demands that they put on some kind of pressure suits.

        (Yeah, I guess one can argue that there is some kind of gas even in interstellar space in this galaxy, since there might seem to be sound in space! But that would be to overthink it, I believe. The bangs and booms we hear in space can rather be considered part of the score, just like the music.)

    • September 17, 2014 at 5:34 am

      we don’t see people put on space suits but in ANH when the Falcon is pulled into the Death Star we see stormtroopers out side with packs on their backs for extended stays. In fact Stormtroopers, Vader and the Fetts all wear suits made to withstand the vacuum of space and on top of that Tie Fighters have no life support system thus the Tie Pilot is always wearing a space suit.The more interesting question is why do Xwing pilots wear ejection harnesses and have an open face helmet? In fact during the trench run a rebel pilot is told to eject I think its Red leader.

  • September 16, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    I think its unlikely that it’s more significant than just reuse of art.

    But more importantly, a “colder” color doesn’t mean that it would be an “ice moon”. Many different things contribute to spectral type and albedo of silicate rocks in space, besides just ice. Near-Earth planetoid Toutatis is a warm brownish-grey (red), while our Moon is cool and bluish, and Mars is extremely red. All three objects are as dry as a slab of concrete in the middle of the Sahara desert.

    • September 16, 2014 at 9:46 pm

      Then why say we went too far? That is the smoking gun in this little giveaway. They make a deal (not necessarily a big deal) of this moon/planet as being “farther” than Ep 6. So to me that means Ep 7.

  • September 17, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    I seem to be missing where all this Tatooine talk is coming from. In thumbing through the Star Wars Atlas, many of the planets look the same. I don’t understand why there is a jump in logic that it must be related to Tattooine. As it happens, I’m currently reading the new Star Wars: A New Dawn book, and it has what I understand to be new stellar fare (I haven’t bothered to do any background reading just yet, but whatever): the industrial planet of Gorse and its icy crystalised moon (nearly the same size), Cynda. As A New Dawn is something of a precursor to Star Wars: Rebels, and both Gorse and Cynda do seem to be important, wouldn’t it be just as logical to assume it has something to do with them?

    • September 18, 2014 at 4:12 am

      No – watch the video. It’s after Return of the Jedi. Not in the Rebels time period.

  • September 18, 2014 at 4:44 am

    The moon or perhaps planet is definitely important, this is officially a hint from story-team. The connection to Tatooine is contrived by Viral Hide, and is speculation.
    Having read this article twice, the two moons compared look similar, but not that similar.
    The moon in the trailer bears far more resemblance to our (earth’s) moon. So Tatooine’s moon could be a key player in Ep VII, but by that very same logic, Viral’ could pull up a stock image of our night sky and compare THAT to the trailer image, and make the case that in ep VII they’re going to travel to earth’s moon. Should either alternative be believed based on a single image of what is essentially a big rock? No. This is definitely important, but not nearly as legit and important as we can know until December 2015. Until then, we actually know nothing, and you can’t report on nothing. Honestly i’m not sure if the writer believes this is truly Tatooine’s moon, I think the guy made that connection simply to make a longer and more attractive article. The article if cut to just what we know from the trailer, could be written in one sentence.

    • September 18, 2014 at 6:04 pm

      The planet/moon in the Rebels trailer is a grey version of the Tatooine moon. It’s pretty obvious if you just look at the side by side comparison – all the craters/shadows are EXACTLY the same.

      I doubt – but who knows? – that the creative team would just use an existing creative element like this, make a small color change, and reuse it – but maybe that’s what happened.

      I’m leaning on the Viral side and thinking that this IS the Tatooine moon and it WILL be in the very first scene in Episode 7.

      We are literally seeing a scene from Episode 7 in the Rebels teaser trailer. And I for one think that’s pretty cool of the Star Wars team. And sneaky.

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