We’re starting to near the point where things need to begin happening behind the scenes of J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars Episode VII and while we have no casting news to report, there is major piece of the original trilogy already sitting around waiting for filming to begin. No, it’s not an actor but it’s still one of the centerpieces of the entire Star Wars brand as the Millennium Falcon has officially been built and is ready for production.
According to Yahoo! Movies, Abrams and his production team have already built a full scale 1:1 Millennium Falcon which means so many things for the upcoming movie for fans to chew on.
“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.”
So while there has been doubts about Mark Hamill. Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford reprising their original trilogy roles, the existence of the Millennium Falcon basically guarantees that Han Solo will return in the film. It’s something that Ford has been dancing around gleefully in interviews but we now have the biggest piece of evidence suggesting he’ll return — literally.
There’s a number of things that could happen with the Falcon in Star Wars Episode VII and it’s possible that Solo has passed the ship down. Still, at the very least an iconic piece of the franchise is built and ready to go as the pieces continue to fall into place on the set of Star Wars Episode VII.