What if Rey isn’t as good of a pilot as she thinks she is? We get an alternate ending to The Force Awakens!
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:
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!
Opening shot… it’s the Millennium Falcon! The grimy ship looks clean, and appears to be resting in the same planet it landed at during the ending of The Force Awakens.
“Chewie, stay here and watch the parking meter.”
The planet is the same (Ahch-to, Luke’s planet of exile and rumored home of the first Jedi temple), but the filming location is actually different. The crew had to recreate the island of Skellig Michael from Ireland in the backlot of London’s Pinewood studios. This is due to concerns of the crew’s impact on the UNESCO-protected island, as well as recent rockfalls that made it a hazard to film onsite.
In a zoomed out view, we can see the Jedi steps painstakingly recreated by the crew. The real island featured 618 steps carved out of the stone, which Rey climbed to meet Luke.
One new feature is a gnarly, menacing tree that looks out of place in the verdant green of Ahch-To. Could this be Episode 8’s version of the dark side cave on Dagobah?
“Oh, that tree? That’s where you’ll mock-battle Kylo Ren while I poke rocks around.”
Here’s a closer look at the Tree of the Dark Side:
“Oh and don’t mind the smell. It’s also where I hang my dirty Jedi laundry.”
Or maybe it’s not a gnarled old tree. Luke might have burnt it when he first arrived on the island, which explains this tantalizing scene from The Force Awakens:
A funeral pyre tree for his dead students, then? Either way, that is one creepy-ass tree.
But that’s not all. Higher up the hillside, we see a completely different set… what looks to be the main entrance to a reinforced building, fronting a huge courtyard!
The change is dramatic. While Ahch-to looks natural and rustic, the second set looks modern and grandiose. We’re betting it’s a completely different planet.
Our guess, is it could be either:
We also see a bold red stripe, which was characteristic of the old Galactic Republic and the Rebel Alliance.
Those walls sure look thick. In fact, they bring to mind the German artillery emplacements in Normandy during WWII:
But then again, It could just be a majestic entrance, considering those tiny steps and the scale of the walls. Could it be the new Senate building? That courtyard looks royal enough and hearkens back to Naboo.
Finally, we leave you with this shot of an unfinished set.
The upper edges seem to be finished and appear to show an ancient and rundown setting. Could this be the sinister underbelly of the city where Finn and Kelly Marie Tran will have their romantic adventure?
Did these stolen set plans whet your appetite? If you’re hungry for more, then read what COULD be the leaked plot of Star Wars Episode 8!
Disclaimer: No Bothans died to bring you this information.