With production in full swing for Star Wars: Episode VII, there's all kinds of little nuggets dropping around the web. Nothing too juicy, of course, with Darth Abrams lurking in the shadows, Force-choking anyone that dares utter a story element, but little things. For one thing, why are they filming in Abu Dhabi if the original Tatooine set was in Tunisia? Simple, it's cheaper! And for a production that's sure to cost as much as Episode VII is going to, filming in a place that offers films attractive rebates is quite appealing.
Paul Baker says:
"Obviously, straight off the bat, you’ve got to get the creative right. We have a great selection of locations that appeal to those guys. Then, there is everything else that falls into place: production infrastructure, crew, equipment suppliers, and obviously a big one in the rebate."
The Metro UK article that discusses this also mentions that we might be seeing a return to Jabba's palace in the new film, though that's just a rumor.
Meanwhile, Carrie Fisher is cracking wise about returning to her most iconic role. While she obviously hopes to bring more to the role this time, since she's a veteran now and not a 19 year old newcomer anymore, she joked a bit about the famous Leia Buns.
Fisher told the audience at the Hay Festival in Wales:
"That hairdo can never really be repeated without gales of laughter. I've begged them to put the hair back on in grey and just catch me cooking with the hair, like Granny Leia."
On a more serious note, though, Fisher hopes to really bring some gravitas to the role. She says she feels a responsibility to really "get Princess Leia right this time." She continued, "I think less British. I looked a little pretentious faking the accent."