Star Wars filming to start in Abu Dhabi desert on May 13

The secret location for the set is being guarded by police and army patrols
Star Wars filming to start in Abu Dhabi desert on May 13
By Staff writer
Sun 11 May 2014 11:37 AM

Filming of the seventh instalment of the Star Wars
movie franchise will begin on Tuesday in the Abu Dhabi desert, with the secret location
for the set currently being guarded by police and army officers, it was

Sources told Abu Dhabi state-owned The National
newspaper the set was close to completion and includes construction of a salt
lake, a large tower, a market area and a spacecraft.

The report also claimed two lorries of explosives
were delivered to the set to create a large crater blast for a scene rumoured
to include the crash landing of a spacecraft.

Last month, Hollywood studio Walt Disney officially
confirmed filming of the much-anticipated movie would take place in Abu Dhabi.

Speaking at a Bloomberg Business of Entertainment
event in New York, Alan Horn, chairman of the company’s film division, which
bought the franchise in 2012 for $4bn, confirmed long-standing rumours that
filming had begun in the desert dunes outside the UAE capital.

“We have to give it that ‘Star Wars’-ian look... So
we need to go to different places that give us the right look and feel,” he

Despite the confirmation by Disney, Abu Dhabi’s
movie production arm Twofour54 continues to stay silent on the matter and its
standard response to queries is still “no comment”.

The movie is due to be released in December 2015.

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