Mona Al Marzooqi, a photographer for The National, shared this image from the set of Star Wars Episode VII, which has begun filming without the benefit of a full cast. So, look closely at the image—what do you see? We see a large round pedestal rolling out of a tent… and some people are speculating that it’s the foot of an Imperial Walker! But the National itself is arguing that it’s “a giant, round, grey disc, which bears a striking resemblance to parts of an escape pod on which C3P0 and R2D2 crash-landed on Tatooine in the original, 1977 film.”
Previous set reports have claimed that shooting has begun in Morocco, since the above was taken Abu Dhabi, should that be added to the list? Is this sucker an AT-AT foot or an escape pod? Is J.J. Abrams just doing a shot-for-shot remake of Star Wars, ala Gus van Sant’s Psycho remake? And assuming that this is Tatooine, and that the film is taking place about 35 years after the death of Darth Vader, who the hell is using these AT-ATs?? Did the Rebels take them? Is the Empire striking back again? Aaauuggghhhh so many questions… Check out Comic Book Movie for a detailed analysis of the photo!