The Millennium Falcon may have already ventured back to the galaxy far, far away as 'Star Wars' insiders reveal that the famous spacecraft has already been built.
It's the ship that managed the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs… and it looks as though the Millennium Falcon could be back for 'Star Wars: Episode VII'. But while we've heard rumours of its return for some time, it seems that the iconic spacecraft may have already been built, and could be at Pinewood Studios as we speak.
According to a source close to production, the iconic Millennium Falcon has already been built for 'Star Wars: Episode VII'… and it could be bigger than ever.
"A full-scale 1:1 Millennium Falcon has been built as well as the interiors of the ship for filming," they explained. "The Falcon is done - inside and out. The sets were built off-site, ready to move when Lucasfilm/Bad Robot were ready to move into Pinewood."
Of course, nothing is official until confirmed by Disney or Lucasfilm… but if true, this could confirm the return of one of the most iconic spaceships in movie history. But with a 1:1 scale reproduction, it sounds as though the Falcon could play a prominent part in 'Episode VII' if not the entire sequel trilogy.
And let's face it - it certainly seems to make a lot of sense.
Disney would be mad not to make use of the Falcon - it's one of the most recognisable ships in the 'Star Wars' universe and has a rough-and-ready legacy that fits J.J. Abrams' vision of mixing the old with the new.
After reports that 'Star Wars' production design has been on-going since January, they've had plenty of time to get to work on the movie's all-new sets. And with that impressive new image of R2-D2, it's clear that prop (and perhaps set) fabrication has already begun.
But the big question remains - why would they create a full-size Millennium Falcon when clever use of sets, miniatures and (dare I say it) CGI could work just as well? Perhaps the answer to that lies in Disney's long-term plans for the franchise.
Let's face it - Disney wants to make money from their investment. And with the huge success of Warner Bros' Harry Potter studio tours, could the Millennium Falcon have been designed with this in mind? We already know that Disney has big 'Star Wars' plans for their numerous theme parks… but could the Millennium Falcon be the centre piece?
For now, we'll have to wait and see… but if the rumours are true, it sounds as though the Millennium Falcon will be around for some time to come. And I couldn't be happier.
What do you think of the Millennium Falcon's return? Would it really be a 'Star Wars' movie without it? Let us know what you think in the comments below…
Ryan Leston is a sci-fi geek from Cardiff who loves all things Star Wars. His favourite Star Wars film is The Empire Strikes Back and he still wants to be Han Solo when he grows up. Follow Ryan Leston on Twitter or Facebook.
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