What’s On has pictures from the set of Star Wars Abu Dhabi, including costumes and sets. Find out where Star Wars is filming in the UAE and get behind the scenes.

Stormtrooper exhibit

Star Wars fans have been given a sneak peek behind the scenes at the set of the movie currently being filmed in the UAE. Though not everyone is happy about it.

A series of images appeared on American gossip and showbiz website TMZ on Monday June 2, but What’s On have also got their hands on a couple of the top secret snaps from the set of the seventh film.

It had been claimed that extras were told to hand in their mobile phones and any other recording equipment, though the series of images that have leaked suggest a very different set of rules. Senior officials on set are said to be furious and an investigation is underway with powers as high as Disney going .

Our images show what appears to be giant hybrid creature with traits of rhino, pig and pitbull terrier standing some 10 feet tall. The animal – which brings back memories of the bantha from Return of the Jedi, and the tauntaun from Empire Strikes Back– is surround by people dressed in civilian clothing, while at the side a space craft is clearly visible.

In the other, an extra from the set is shown draped in a red sheet not to dissimilar to the outfit worn by the dastardly Darth Maul in The Phantom Menace. In the background, the same spacecraft can be seen in all its glory, while on the floor lies what appears to be a rusting rocket.

Other photos show smashed-up robots in the form of the legendary pod-racers, a smoldering wreckage, and a handful of other giant structures.

What’s On understands the set is somewhere in the Liwa region, through the high-levels of secrecy around the project means no-one who hasn’t been involved in shooting the movie have been allowed on set.

The Abu Dhabi desert is believed to be used for scenes on the planet Tatooine, home to Luke Skywalker.

Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Anthony Daniels (C3PO), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) and Kenny Baker (R2-D2) are all back from previous installments of the movie franchise.


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