Well that didn’t take very long.
Just weeks after it was announced that J.J. Abrams and his Star Wars crew would be heading to Abu Dhabi to film the Tatooine segments of Episode VII, leaked photos from the set have been published online.
According to Screen Crush, who reported the story late Wednesday night, the giant circular object seen in the photo below is more than likely one of the four wheels used in the construction of an AT-AT.
AT-AT’s, the gigantic robot walker capable of leaving a highly destructive path in its wake, were first introduced in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back on the snowy planet of Hoth.
The question circulating throughout the internet now, however, is whether Abrams and his production team plan to bring the walkers over to Tatooine in the upcoming addition to the series or if they’ll be using Abu Dhabi to recreate Hoth as well.
Screen Crush suggests that Abrams has brought the AT-AT’s to Tatooine, and in doing so, added an interesting angle on just what happened to the universe in between Episode III and the current film.
Regardless of whether the giant circular stone is actually being used to reconstruct the AT-AT’s or Abu Dhabi is being used as the set for both Tatooine and Hoth, the fact that photos have begun to leak and circulate already means fans may not have to wait very long to get their first glimpse at the movie.
Just think, all of this is happening before the cast has even been finalized.
Star Wars: Episode VII is scheduled to be released on December 18, 2015.