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Star Wars: Episode VII to recreate Tatooine desert

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J.J. Abrams' Star Wars reboot will return to the dunes and twin suns of Luke Skywalker's home planet of Tatooine according to reports.

The Hollywood Reporter, says the first part of the new trilogy, which began shooting at Pinewood Studios in London earlier this week, will be set in what is being described as a "Morocco-like environment".

The original Tatooine, home of Luke and Anakin Skywalker, was filmed in Southern Tunisia, with the famous Hotel Sidi Driss in Matmata doubling as the Skywalkers' home.

Disney, who bought the rights to George Lucas' space opera for $4.05bn in 2012, has not commented on the reports but if true, it will be Abrams' latest attempt to re-create the spirit and atmosphere of the original Star Wars films.

He has already said he will not use the CGI-generated environments seen in the disastrous prequel series of movies and will favour real sets.

"Walking carpet" Chewbacca will also return with original actor Peter Mayhew back in the wookie suit, and Disney has confirmed the new film will feature dainty droid R2D2.

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