Photographer Matthew Myatt was snapping stock photos for Airborne Aviation in Greenham Common near Newbury, Berkshire, when he spotted something “unusual” below and took a photo, not realizing what he was seeing. But when he got home and loaded his photos onto his computer, he couldn’t believe his eyes. He’d inadvertently flown over the set (or at least staging area) of ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ and captured a shot of the famous Millennium Falcon under construction. As a bonus, in the lower corner is an X-Wing Fighter, under wraps presumably for protection.
“I grew up with Star Wars but this is something I never thought I’d see in real life. It was a real shocker,” Myatt stated.
The website Slash Film points out that this X-Wing appears smaller than the one seen in a previously shown photo of director J.J. Abrams standing in front of a full-scale version. This could be a more compact version for some reason, or my thinking, it may not be an X-Wing at all, but a smaller, similarly shaped vehicle.
My main question is– and I can’t believe I’ve never wondered this in the past– but how do they move the massive Millennium Falcon around once its built? How have they done it in the past?
What do you think? Are you more excited about returning to that “Galaxy far, far away” after seeing the progress on these ships?
‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ is set for release on December 18, 2015. It stars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Lupita Nyong’o, and Gwendoline Christie, with Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker.