"A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away..."
It appears as if director J.J. Abrams is planning on revisiting some of the most iconic alien worlds depicted in the original Star Wars trilogy in Star Wars: Episode VII. According to Icelandic website visir, via metro, Abrams is sending a second unit crew to Iceland to shoot landscape "plate shots" for what could be a return to the ice planet of Hoth, which served as a Rebel Alliance base in Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back before falling to Darth Vader's AT-AT assault. And, according to reliable scooper Drew Faraci of BadAssDigest, the first unit crew led by Abrams will begin shooting in Morocco on May 14th, at or near sites that were originally constructed to depict Luke Skywalker's home planet of Tatooine. Many of the structures originally created for Episode IV: A New Hope are still standing, though they are in pretty poor condition, as documented by photographer Rä di Martino, who spent a month traveling around Chott el Djerid in Tunisia to photograph the crumbling sets.
LucasFilm knows that fans are hungry for any little shred of anything about the new series and has begun to upload new videos to its Star Wars YouTube channel for the first time in ages. The latest video is a 15-minute featurette that chronicles "The Birth of the Lightsaber," that iconic humming laser sword that defines the heroic Jedi. The video includes rare behind-the-scenes footage from Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, with commentary from George Lucas, Mark Hamill and sound designer Ben Burtt.