We’ve got our first picture from J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII. Straight from the deserts of Abu Dhabi comes this image of a large round object being rolled in or out of a tent. Maybe it doesn’t look like much at first glance, but as many other fans have suggested it resembles the foot of one of one of the Empire’s AT-ATs. (Check out a photo comparison here.) Combine this bit of speculation with the rumors that Abu Dhabi is supposed to stand in for Tatooine in the next film and you’ve got an interesting idea to consider.
We know that Lucasfilms and Disney aren’t going to be following the canon established by the Star Wars expanded universe, so anything could be going on here. Is it possible – and remember, we’re talking about a new timeline – that 30 years after the Battle of Yavin the Empire is still powerful enough to field an armored division… and that they’re taking it to Tatooine? (Poor Jawas! Ootini, little guys. Ootini. *sniff*)
Do you think that’s what’s going on? If so, what do you think they’re doing there? If not, then what’s your idea?