Star Wars: Episode VII - IMAX, Puzzlewood and fakes

News Simon Brew 9 Jul 2014 - 06:48
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Our latest Star Wars news round-up: Episode VII to shoot in IMAX, what's going on at Puzzlewood, and more...

Just a quick round up of the latest news surrounding JJ Abrams' currently-shooting Star Wars: Episode VII.

Firstly, the shoot has wrapped in Abu Dhabi now, with production now ongoing in the UK. A new image from the Abu Dhabi location has been posted on the Bad Robot Twitter feed, and it also seems to confirm what was widely expected, that parts of the new Star Wars film are being shot in the IMAX format. A format that JJ Abrams, of course, is no stranger to. Here's the picture...

Reports suggest that Star Wars has more location work planned, with Puzzlewood in the Forest Of Dean reportedly a future base. Puzzlewood has, in recent years, been used for Doctor Who and Atlantis. The BBC has posted a report from Puzzlewood, and its pictures show that a huge production, surrounded by high security, has effectively taken over the place. You can see the video here.

If Puzzlewood is being used - and it's a lovely place, if you ever get a chance to visit - then it may be that the film will see a return to Endor. There are, to our knowledge, no Ewoks currently roaming the Puzzlewood area though.

Finally, just to debunk something. A bunch of footage was doing the rounds the other day, which was being labelled as 'leaded footage' in some quarters. It turns out to be the work of a German enthusiast by the name of Frank Wunderlich. It's not bad work either, to be fair, but expect a fair few more hoaxes before Star Wars: Episode VII actually arrives on December 18th 2015.

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