First Set Photos of the Millennium Falcon from STAR WARS: EPISODE VII

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Yesterday, Star Wars: Episode VII set photos began to leak out, and we saw costumes, sets, and even a creature from the film’s Abu Dhabi set (presumably, Abu Dhabi is standing in for Tatooine in the upcoming sequel).  But over in a soundstage, a new Millennium Falcon is being built, and now set photos of the construction have leaked online.  The producers and executives are probably less-than-pleased today as we all sit back and marvel at one of the most famous spaceships in cinema history being rebuilt.  Back in November, Yahoo! Movies reported that director J.J. Abrams was building a new, full-scale Millennium Falcon, so these images don’t come as a total shock, but they’re still nice to see.  And while she’s currently not much to look at, she’s still got it where it counts.

Hit the jump to check out a couple of the set photos.  The film stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker, Lupita Nyong’o, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie, and Max von SydowStar Wars: Episode VII opens December 18, 2015.

Via TMZ

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  • Sweet Pea

    A drop top millenium falcon for a Han Solo is mid-life crisis… I like where JJ is obviously going with this

  • jk

    Very cool. Hope the story is decent. Fingers crossed.

    • The Flobbit

      I’d say this is somewhat less than cool. This is bread-and-butter. This is get-this-right-or-the-movie-collapses. This is Abrams reproducing exactly what Lucas pioneered 37 years ago.

      In the end, you are right. The story will make or break the film. Fingers and toes and extra appendages crossed.

      • NICK НΛRT

        shut up dude

  • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

    B. E. A. Utilful! So glad JJ is going back to the model approach. It really does make films hold up so much better when they blend models w CGI. The Fellowhip of the Ring vs. The Hobbit is a great example of that.

    • The Flobbit

      Do I have to remind you of the giant, extravagant, extraordinarily detailed sets created for the Hobbit films, including: Rivendell, the Elven kingdom, Mirkwood, entrance to Mirkwood, the entire town of Laketown, the entire town of Dale, the entire town of Hobbiton, and so much more? The absence of miniatures is a sad loss, but PJ has and always will supplement his CGI with practical elements (though to a lesser extent, recently).

      • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

        I think PJ just over indulged w CGI for his Hobbit trilogy and should have made his models more of the focal points as he did w The Fellowship. At some points in The Hobbit it almost became too distracting as I could easily tell that it was CGI while I never had that issue w his previous trilogy, a series that always made me sit in awe w admiration of the world that he created.

      • The Flobbit

        Well, here’s the thing. Some of the CGI in The Hobbit is absolutely stunning. Think Gollum, Smaug, and the spiders. Heck, Beorn and Azog didn’t look half bad, neither did Erebor, which was entirely CG. But some stuff looked really bad…the horses outside of Mirkwood, etc.

        So we ask ourselves, why is Weta Digital delivering inferior CG? Is it because they’re being rented out for other movies? Were the reshoots forced on PJ by the studio pushing them too fast? I don’t know.

        All I do know is that The Hobbit films have great visuals, an amazing cast, and a whole lot of heart. I look forward to Part 3.

      • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

        As do I. I will be there on opening day to catch it. Still enjoyable films just some of their magic was lost on me. WETA should have put all of their people to work on The Hobbit as it was their bread and butter back in the day and not spread themselves thin working on other films for other studios.

      • The Flobbit

        It’s filmmakers like Peter Jackson and Bryan Singer that keep me watching blockbusters. They pour so much soul and heart into them, and the result (The Hobbit films, Days of Future Past) are so much better than your cookie-cutter Transformers and Thor movies.

        Plus, Richard Armitage and Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch…heck, the entire cast is great, the creatures are creepy, and the story is timeless. Bring on the Battle of Five Armies!

      • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

        Singer struck it out of the park DOFP. Honestly so much better than I expected. Trying to bridge the entire series into one film was a daunting process that I didn’t think would have been possible but he nailed it.

      • The Flobbit

        Well, what he proved is that with careful planning, a skilled director, and A STRONG WRITER, it is possible to make a gripping superhero film focused on character and emotion, rather than numbing violence.

      • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

        I’m seeing it again this weekend. My favorite movie this year – just narrowly beating out CA:TWS.

      • Pk

        I think weta worst work so far is man of steel. That fight sequence in smallville looked atrocious!

      • The Flobbit

        Was that really Weta? Not ILM or Rhythym and Hues or something?

      • Pk

        Yup it was weta. Shocking I know

      • The Flobbit

        Dang. Have they lost something? How can Caesar, Smaug, Gollum and all the people look so good, and other stuff look so bad?

      • Pk

        They probably hired a group of amateur animators. It wouldn’t have been surprised if sony image works worked on the cgi who worked on green latern and both of the amazing Spider-Man movies. Swear the new krypton looks like the sepia toned version of oha

      • The Flobbit

        Plus, I don’t think we realize: A. How expensive and bloody difficult location shooting and model building is, and B. Peter Jackson isn’t the young, spry, crazy Kiwi he once was. LOTR did everything short of grey his hair, for crying out loud. He just isn’t ready to go shooting in the wet New Zealand woods with a giant cast again. Hence, the added focus on CGI.

      • seanmanband

        I think it was also his focus on 3D 48 fps this time. Not say you can’t shoot practical effects in 3D but Jackson’s love of video games is more apparent in the Hobbit. Im still a big fan especially Desolation compared to An Unexpected Journey but Lord of The Rings felt more lived in (because it was) much like the original SW trilogy…

      • The Flobbit

        Nowhere has Jackson ever said he loves video games. He loves a kinetic, hand-held style from his horror movie days (something very evident in the glorious King Kong). I think that LOTR was meant to feel lived-in, and The Hobbit was meant to be fantastical and strange. But both Hobbiton and Laketown felt really real and lived-in.

      • seanmanband
      • The Flobbit

        Hmm, that’s cool, but doesn’t prove much. He loves the style of video games, which he already pioneered with Bad Taste and Dead Alive.

    • comicbookXpert

      Its pretty obvious they’re taking apart the old one… not constructing a new one. thats not how you build a spaceship

  • HWIII

    Fantastic piece by @slashfilm http://t.co/YphaIij4F2 Most people have NO
    CLUE of the hand-crafted artistry of models on display in the Prequels.

    Enough with this. Please do not be ignorant.

    • Cosmourge of Collider

      Precisely. Conversely, I’ve seen so much blind optimism lately, but people don’t seem to take into consideration that what candid photos show & what ends up, after the distortion of lighting/filters/effects, on-screen, are altogether two different things. Just remember, this is Abrams. Think over his past films & keep a tight asshole.

      • Sweet Pea

        You have no idea what you are talking about.

      • mbmarquis69

        Ok, let’s keep this in mind: regarding Abrams’ past films scorecard so far, they are generally well-regarded by audiences and critics alike.

    • Mike

      I read that article a couple days ago too

    • steve

      Most of these are from Episode 1, which although awful, was admittedly the best looking of the prequels. It retained a lot of the traditional effects methods while 2 and 3 were both completely green screen and looked atrocious.

      Don’t get angry at people for being excited for the practical effects. They add the grit and humanity that made these movies what they were. And they’re incredibly refreshing in an age where everything is done with computers.

  • doctor_robot

    sweet!!

  • HWIII

    #StarWarsVII for filming on sets “unlike the
    Prequels”…

    http://t.co/RdfELmEjCA

    Look at the facts and not heresay. Lots of sets and models used in prequels combined with CGI.

    • Sweet Pea

      This guy must of been a model builder on the prequels. OK buddy we get it, your models are cool, Lucas just fvcked up with everything else.

  • GrimReaper07

    I’m surprised how many practical effects JJ is using on this. I feared he would go ape**** with the CGI.

    • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

      I think you meant Flared Lens. “Going ape**** w the flared lens.”

      • axalon

        Jesus, just stop it already with the lens flare jokes. It’s the least original thing you can say regarding any Abrams project at this point. Even J.J. has admitted they were too much.

      • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

        Don’t get all upset. It was a joke. Relax. Simma-down-now.

      • GrimReaper07

        Nah, I’m not too worried about that.

      • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

        No I was just goofing around. I think in Abrams hands the franchise is going to be great. He’s really the only filmmaker out there who has the heart/passion and skills to make a great Star Wars film w his production team.

      • GrimReaper07

        I don’t like him as a director too much. That’s my main worry. On the other hand, it’s true that he has immense passion for the universe, so I’m ok with the choice.

  • aceshigh

    Very exciting.

  • JCubs79

    Are they building this thing to actually fly? Did NASA develop the technology? How are they going to film it flying around?

    • Ryan

      It’s called trick photography and cgi. It’s just gonna be used for a set. Their not actually going to make it fly.

      • JCubs79

        Seems like it would be much easier to just make it fly like most movies do then to do all of that tricky and expensive cgi stuff.

      • Ryan

        They would make it fly if they had the technology to do that. NASA (or whoever) can’t fly the milliennium falcon into space quite yet. Some day though, in like 5,000 years? Haha! idk.

      • GrimReaper07

        Lol, are you for real?

      • JCubs79

        Yeah, CGI is incredibly expensive.

      • GrimReaper07

        You might not believe this, but building planes is still much, much, muuuuuch more expensive. As is filming in the air. And developing the technology to actually make the Millenium Falcon fly in the air (since the design isn’t close to being aerodynamic)

      • JCubs79

        No way. Then why are plane tickets only like 500 dollars a piece. It’s way more expensive for CGI. Didn’t they make the Millennium Falcon fly in Episodes 4, 5 and 6 for the flying scenes?

      • GrimReaper07

        Lol, are you serious? You think the Millenium Falcon in 4, 5 and 6 actually flew?

      • JCubs79

        Yeah…How else would they have filmed those scenes? It was right after the space race era. We had the technology. I don’t get why they couldn’t do it for 7,8 and 9.

      • GrimReaper07

        Lol I totally fell for it.

    • The Flobbit

      Yes, everything will be built for real on this film. Abrams has reached out to a young smuggler from Naboo to fly it onscreen. He’s even collaborating with Inter-Galactic Cooperation to get some aliens to have cameos in the Naboo scenes.

      • MJ

        Caltech and MIT are building the hyper-drives right now.

    • doctor_robot

      you’re making a funny, right?

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  • Royale With Cheese

    Some of us may not want to see leaked photos. Could you please not post the pictures with the header so they at least won’t appear on the main page? Thank you.

    • Melwing

      While I appreciate both your politeness and your username, this is kind of an unrealistic expectation, I’m afraid. Putting the image there teases way more people into opening the article (and generating ad revenue) than a placeholder image or no image at all– “I’ve got to see the rest of this!”

      edit: Also, seeing an image of one small part of the constructed Falcon isn’t any more a spoiler than the headline alone would be. It’s not as if we don’t know this ship already. :)

      • Royale With Cheese

        I understand that and I realize that this particular picture isn’t a major spoiler (I’ve seen plenty of the MF, lol) but I figured I’d voice my opinion now in an attempt to maybe have precautions taken in the future with more revealing photos. I get that this is a business and it’s a unrealistic request but I figured I’d make an attempt anyway. I appreciate the civilized response, rare for the Internet.

  • 80sRobot

    I am betting this image was snapped several months ago when they were just starting to rebuild the Falcon, and has just now been leaked. There have been rumors that a full-scale Millennium Falcon had been built in Shepperton Studios. So it’s probably already finished by now.

  • 80sRobot

    I find it surprising how many leaks TMZ has been able to score so far, considering how secretive J.J. Abrams has managed to be with his past movies he’s directed or produced. (i.e. Cloverfield, Super 8, Star Trek, Into Darkness)

    • MJ

      These leaks are on purpose. No way JJ lets these get out unless he wants them to get out.

      Notice how all the photo leaks so far point to the look of this movie being more like the original trilogy instead of the prequels. This is a deliberate attempt to both reassure us and get us excited that “the real SW” is finally coming back for the first time since 1983.

      I’ve been very skeptical of this effort up until this point. Now I am starting to feel more positive about this.

  • Melwing

    I think that they’re letting this stuff out to somewhat soothe the fears of people not pleased with (or completely against) Abrams getting this job, as well as the lingering bad taste of the prequels. Rather than letting it just completely fester in internet fanboy hatred.

    For me, it’s working at least a bit.

  • movie dog

    For a man known for his secrecy – JJ sure is letting a lot of images get passed his guard already.
    Need new security JJ !!

  • Faptain America

    Does this mean I have to actually watch the original now? Here’s what I know having watched none of the previous six.

    There’s a Force. And an Empire.
    Out of order Yoda talks.
    “No! I am your father!”
    Somebody shot first.
    Samuel L. Jackson? Liam Neeson? What?
    Hayden Christensen suuuuucks (but only a little more than Natalie Portman)
    Lamé bikini
    Jar Jar Binks was a racist character.
    Light sabers.

    And I know the major character names. Maybe I can get by?

    • The Flobbit

      Any nerd points you may once had have been deducted. Put aside everything until you have watched the films. Report back tomorrow.

      • Faptain America

        Oh noes. I was saving those to buy my Comic/wonder/something-con costume.

  • http://moviesandphilosophynow.blogspot.ca/ Vandeline

    One thing I really like about this image is the Falcon looks much older, as it should. This attention to detail is a taste of a Star Wars that will like be the grittiest of them all. This Star Wars could very well be a post-apocalyptic, Road Warrior-type flick in space and that would be awesome. Especially contrasting the glossy mess of the last trilogy.

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  • comicbookXpert

    Looks to me like they’re taking apart the old one… not constructing a new one. thats not how you build a spaceship.

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  • milo

    I just hope they match up the continuity with the Lego Movie and explain how they got their hyperdrive back. That’s canon, right?

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