Filming on the new movie in the sci-fi franchise has already begun

It is thought that the Star Wars: Episode VII producers are set to rebuild Luke Skywalker’s home planet of Tatooine in the desert.

The original version of Tatooine, as featured in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, was built in Tunisia, but the Hollywood Reporter reports that the new version of the planet will be created in “a Morocco-like environment”.

Meanwhile, the character of Chewbacca has now been confirmed to be making an appearance in the new Star Wars film, writes The Guardian. Suspicion of the character’s involvement in the new film came when Peter Mayhew, the actor who played Chewbacca in the first Star Wars trilogy and Revenge Of The Sith, cancelled a convention appearance because of filming this May.

Speaking recently to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney Studios chairman Ian Horn said there are just a few names to be added to cast, and that filming has already begun. “We have a lot of them in place,” he said of the main actors, whose names are yet to be disclosed. “We’re just not completely done yet.”

When it came to the script, Horn admitted there had been problems with getting it right, adding: “It’s all about the screenplay. It has to be screenplay, screenplay, screenplay,” going on to say that he is currently happy with the redrafted script, which has been co-written by Lawrence Kasdan and JJ Abrams, following an early draft by Michael Arndt. Kasdan has co-written two films in the series already, The Empire Strikes Back and Return Of The Jedi.