Today, let’s take a break from the regular programming about Rogue One. For our weekend heist, we return to the shrouded mystery that is Star Wars Episode VIII!
This time, we bring you new spy shots of the Millennium Falcon for Episode VIII from the intrepid Bothan spynet of 28 Days Later, a forum for urban explorers. So head on over to check them out!
Here’s analysis of the shots:
- The Daily Mail was wrong: the earlier leaked photos of the Ahch-To set showing the Falcon and the scorched tree are NOT in Pinewood Studios. They were actually taken in Longcross Studios, 25 miles away from Pinewood!
- As expected of a Star Wars film, the Falcon prop is top-notch and amazingly detailed. Everything from the AG-2G quad laser cannons up top to the various cables and greeblies hanging from the landing gear is faithfully reproduced.
- Conversely, there is ship interior as expected. The spy shots are the first to go inside the open ramp of the Falcon (our hats off to BHG for being such a brave Bothan). While there’s enough room inside to stand around, it’s a hollow shell. The Falcon prop will likely be used for framing and walk-around shots, but a different in-studio mockup will be used for the interior scenes.
- There’s an accessible cockpit area, and it’s pointed right at the mysterious Force tree.
- Longcross Studios is actually in Surrey. It is separate from the Pinewood Studios set in Buckinghamshire and consists of five studios, all built on a former Defence Ministry tank facility. Other movies shot there include Skyfall, Guardians of the Galaxy and Thor: The Dark World.
If there’s anything cooler than seeing the Falcon, it’s knowing that it’s resting on an actual proving ground that used to churn out tanks!
UPDATE: We received permission from the urban exploration site 28 Days Later to link back to the original post. So head on over there before Disney finds out!
Stay tuned tomorrow as we take a closer look at Luke’s tree! Meanwhile, check out Stormtrooper Larry’s faceoff with the notorious Chewbacca Mask Lady!