First Star Wars: Episode VII Production Photo Surfaces… Is That An AT-AT Foot?


sw-setWe’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?

  • Courtney M.

    I’d like to think that’s an SW production photo, but really, who knows? It does kind of look like a rusted/dirty AT-AT foot. Maybe our heroes find AT-AT parts laying around on Tatooine.

  • Sam H.

    I have an honest question for Lucasfilm. Why bother allowing, publishing, and establishing a timeline for 23 years worth of EU material if you aren’t going to follow it? It’s like the EU isn’t really Star Wars to them, it’s just something that obsessed fans came up with. If they’re throwing out the EU totally, like they did with the original Clone Wars stuff for that crappy cartoon, I will officially erase any memory of Star Wars after 2008. Nothing newer than that will really be Star Wars to me.

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