‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Shooting In Abu Dhabi?


“Difficult to see. Always in motion is the future.”- Yoda

We’ve got another fresh Star Wars: Episode VII rumor. The Hollywood Reporter‘s Borys Kit and Alex Whitman report that “sources” have stated that Star Wars: Episode VII shooting is set to begin mid-May in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. Needless to say, THR – as well as many others – believe that the Abu Dhabi desert will stand in for Tatooine, but who knows? There’s probably more than a couple of desert planets in the universe.

We’ve got a long while to go until we see Episode VII, but if you’re in the mood for some Star Wars action set on Tatooine, then you should check out John Jackson Miller’s excellent Kenobi:

The Republic has fallen.
Sith Lords rule the galaxy.
Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi has lost everything . . .
Everything but hope.

Tatooine—a harsh desert world where farmers toil in the heat of two suns while trying to protect themselves and their loved ones from the marauding Tusken Raiders. A backwater planet on the edge of civilized space. And an unlikely place to find a Jedi Master in hiding, or an orphaned infant boy on whose tiny shoulders rests the future of a galaxy.

Known to locals only as “Ben,” the bearded and robed offworlder is an enigmatic stranger who keeps to himself, shares nothing of his past, and goes to great pains to remain an outsider. But as tensions escalate between the farmers and a tribe of Sand People led by a ruthless war chief, Ben finds himself drawn into the fight, endangering the very mission that brought him to Tatooine.

Ben—Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi, hero of the Clone Wars, traitor to the Empire, and protector of the galaxy’s last hope—can no more turn his back on evil than he can reject his Jedi training. And when blood is unjustly spilled, innocent lives threatened, and a ruthless opponent unmasked, Ben has no choice but to call on the wisdom of the Jedi—and the formidable power of the Force—in his never-ending fight for justice.