Return to Endor? Star Wars 7 looks to be filming in the Forest of Dean
Location was previously used by Doctor Who and Merlin
Dozens and dozens of trailers have arrived at Puzzlewood in the Forest of Dean, leading to speculation that Star Wars: Episode 7 has arrived in town, possibly to film scenes set on the Ewok planet Endor or in the Dagobah system.
The BBC quizzed security, production team members and the owner of Puzzlewood, none of whom would confirm or deny whether it was JJ Abrams' sequel shooting in the forest.
The location is popular for TV and film productions, with Doctor Who, Merlin and Atlantis having filmed there, but judging by the rows and rows of Winnebagos this is no ordinary TV series.
With its lush greenery and twisted trunks, Puzzlewood might be being used for the Ewoks' home or Yoda's place of refuge, or might be a new planet we've never seen before. Forest of Dean is a popular filming location (Picture: Puzzlewood.net) Merlin films in Puzzlewood (Picture: Puzzlewood.net)
If it is Endor, we could see Han Solo and Chewie return there once Harrison Ford is out of hospital.
Star Wars: Episode VII will go on hiatus for a couple of weeks in August, but is still set for its 18 December, 2015 release date.
Clerks director Kevin Smith visited the film's Pinewood Studios home last week and was moved to tears by the experience.
"So we go to the set and they're actually shooting - and this is what I can't tell you, what they were shooting - but what I saw, I absolutely loved," he gushed. Endor in Return of the Jedi (Picture: Lucasfilm) Yoda in the Dagobah system (Picture: Lucasfilm)
"It was tactile, it wasn't a series of f**king green and blue screens in which later on digital characters would be added. It was there, it was happening."
"I saw uniforms, I saw artillery that I haven't seen since I was a kid. I saw them shooting an actual sequence in a set that is real - I walked across the set, there were explosions - and it looked like a shot right out of a f**king Star Wars movie.
He continued: "[Abrams is] building a tactile world, a world you can touch. And he's replicating it with all the love of somebody that has the world's greatest collection of Star Wars figures."
ReviewThese heroes in a half shell should have been left in hibernation
Sek, k'athjilari! (That’s “yes, definitely” to non-native speakers).TV
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Indian footballer Peter Biaksangzuala dies after injuring spine doing somersault celebration
- 2 Jack the Ripper: Scientist who claims to have identified notorious killer has 'made serious DNA error'
- 3 Banksy arrest hoax: Internet duped by fake report claiming that the street artist's identity has been revealed
- 4 Drink alcohol and eat meat to improve male fertility - but cut down on coffee, studies suggest
- 5 Brian Harvey turns up at Downing Street and 'demands to speak to Prime Minister'
Breaking Bad season 6 is still not happening
Doctor Who, Flatline - review: Clara isn’t half bad as the Time Lord
Downton Abbey review series 5, episode 5: Period drama falls disappointingly flat
Star Wars Episode 7 has almost finished filming
X Factor 2014 results: Chloe Jasmine and Stephanie Nala sent home
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Sorry Judy Finnigan – Ched Evans is no less sickening than an alleyway rapist
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Workers 'could be forced to pay £5 a week' to get benefits
Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
London bus driver allegedly kicks gay couple off for kissing