You can’t keep good Star Wars: Episode VII leaks down. Well, at least J.J. Abrams and the rest of the crew can’t. A Bothan snuck out an image of some production art that evokes feelings towards the original trilogy and is on the epic side of the scale as well.
While the image unfortunately cannot escape an inch of watermaking, it does reveal a lightsaber battle set on a tree and snow covered hillside between an anonymous Jedi and Sith. A third anonymous figure is in the foreground pointing a blaster, but is he a good guy, bad guy, or a bounty hunter? More impressively, the Millenium Falcon fills most of the background as it is either taking off or landing.
The tall Sith figure is definitely evocative of the Darth Vader. Some have speculated that Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o will play a villain in the movie, but she doesn’t quite have the kind of height depicted in the film. It could just as easily be one of the male cast members or Game of Thrones’ Gwendoline Christie. She is known for both her height and the sword-fighting prowess.
The image also lines up with some other recent leaks from the Star Wars set as well. Set photos showing the Millenium Falcon and an X-Wing have been making the rounds, and they are set in a distinctly green and hilly part of England. According to Indie Revolver, they heard that snow will be added in post-production to the area.
Meanwhile, Star Wars 7 News spotted this BBC radio interview with Roger Moore who took a visit at the movie set. In it he describes a scene that appears to match up nicely with the concept art.
Roger Moore: Anyway, the day before last, I know we stopped by the office, and I went up to see – on a very closed, secret set – my friend J. J. Abrams, who is directing Star Wars.
BBC: Ooh, wow!
Moore: …With Harrison Ford.
BBC: So, what were they filming that day? Can you tell me?
Moore: Well, yes! They were filming something with a lot of mountains and snow.
It’s important to remember that concept art doesn’t always make it into the final feeling. Sometimes it is created just communicate a certain theme or mood. This lightsaber battle certainly does that.
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[Images via Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back, Indie Revolver]