Details On “Star Wars” Abu Dhabi Shoot

Filming kicks off on Tuesday in Abu Dhabi on J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: Episode VII”. Shooting will continue there through until the end of the month , with the country substituting for the planet of Tatooine in the film.

Sources for The National report that sets are getting closer to completion, with a “whole world” having been built on an otherworldly salt lake at one location.

Also built? A “shuttle-like” spacecraft, a large tower, a “big, centuries-old-looking market”, something referred to as the “alien house”, and around a dozen jet-engine powered “really fast buggies”.

Two trucks full of explosives were brought to one of the sites under high security and a blast crater has been created, indicating likely either a battle or spacecraft crash plays a key part.

Technicians from the U.K. and Los Angeles are currently on site applying the finishing touches, and members of the cast are already there practising driving the vehicles they’ll be using during filming.