Rumor: Extensive Episode VII set pieces going up in Abu Dhabi; film starts shooting Tuesday

sequel-bug-tatAfter giving us what may be our first look at an Episode VII set (and, maybe, an AT-AT foot,) Abu Dhabi’s The National is back with a further report on what’s apparently going on in the desert, as shooting is expected to begin on Tuesday, May 13:

Our sources also report that the sets are getting closer to completion, with a “whole world” having been built on an otherworldly salt lake at one location, a “shuttle-like” spacecraft, a large tower, a “big, centuries-old-looking market”, something the crew are reportedly referring to as the “alien house” and 10 to 15 “really fast buggies” powered by jet engines (landspeeders of Tatooine fame from the previous films, perhaps?)

All that, plus explosives, some members of the cast, and lots of security. Seems pretty extensive to be just one planet… (via) A site called 7 Days in Dubai has more details supporting that a crashed spaceship of some sort is involved. (via)