A simulations engineer spotted what looks to be part of the Millennium Falcon and a ‘disguised’ X-wing while flying over a former Royal Air Force station in Berkshire. (The BBC spoke to the photographer, Matthew Myatt.) This may be where that earlier report of sod comes in… (via)
It looks like the X-wing may be parked in front of what used to be a missile silo. Scroll down to the second set of pictures on the Greenham Common page at bunkertours.co.uk to see something that looks likely, as well as some more information on the site.
UPDATE: And it seems there’s more than one X-wing.
A new hint from J.J… Or an Apple advertisement? In any case, something is very shiny. Could this be the new ‘planet’ Boyega was hinting at yesterday? (Or is that – bwah – turf. Imperial golf course?)
Well, at least he spared us puns.
Contrary to what Latino Review reported last week, it seems that Episode VII is unlikely to return to Skellig Michael to shoot further scenes, per the Irish Examiner. “No filming has been scheduled for Skellig Michael in the coming months,” they were told by Louise Ryan of the Irish Film Board. (via)
I seem to recall there was some scuttlebut floating about during the first shoot that it was originally scheduled for the fall, and moved up due to Harrison Ford’s injury, so perhaps that’s where the second date comes in.
Rumor: Miltos Yerolemou has joined the cast of Episode VII, the BBC reports. You may know him from Game of Thrones season 1, where he played swordsman Syrio Forel.
→ There’s a new rumordump from Dave Gonzales at Latino Review addressing some of the rumors floating around: Mainly Sith, Luke’s location, and what the Skelling Michael location will be. Shrug.
→ Star Wars Episode 7 News thinks they have proof the stormtrooper helmet pics are legit. Of course, none of us have any idea if that kind of thing can be faked, so again, shrug. It’s not like that light pattern is super unusual (or not possible indoors, though I’ll let the light-spectrum geeks debate that one.) I wouldn’t go so far as to call it confirmed, but it’s certainly possible.
→ And finally, let’s recall the innate ridiculousness of rumors with Always Star Wars, who looks back at some things we heard before The Phantom Menace. Ben Kenobi owns the Millennium Falcon!
Episode VII resumes filming after a brief hiatus, per some leading tweets from Daisy Ridley and John Boyega, not to mention Entertainment Weekly’s ‘sources.’
Overall, however, this week has basically been a complete news dud, with the only rumor being something particularly flimsy regarding Joseph Gordon Levitt. Meh.
Mark Hamill takes up the call for the ALS ice bucket challenge, and nominates the new cast members of Episode VII, who “need to start pulling their weight.” Two down…
UPDATE: And now, Harrison Ford.
Latino Review came out in the middle of the night to add a new wrinkle to Sith-based rumor packet: That Palpatine will be back, but he won’t be the same, i.e. played by Ian McDiarmid. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard something like this, though previous rumors (including one from Latino Review themselves) mostly pointed towards McDiarmid and a Force Ghost situation.
Cue another round of tedious Dark Empire analogies and angst, but personally I’m just going to give this go the full batshit: Palpatine is Time Lord. He regenerates. Pass it on.
→ Some rumor-based speculation on the Empire in Episode VII from Making Star Wars.
→ The always controversial Devin Faraci on how what he’s heard about Episode VII has made him stop worrying and love Star Wars again. He also had some fairly sound things to say on the EU issue yesterday on Twitter.
→ And finally, Harrison Ford was spotted on a “2,500 foot mega-slide” in Wyoming this week, while actor Brendan Gleeson admitted he didn’t originally get the hype when son Domhnall was cast.