Rumor Star Wars Episode VII to be filmed in Scotland

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  1. AkshayTheJedi Jedi Master

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    These are thai elephants. Sill larger than the Indian one's. However I still can't understand how they managed to bring an Asian elephant in the middle of a desert. It's not their habitat. Asian elephants can only be found near green pastures or rain forests as they can't survive extreme heat. Especially with the bantha costume. I wonder how they pulled this off.
  2. Ahsoka_Tano_11 Jedi Master

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    that would be so.......... cool!
  3. LelalMekha Force Ghost

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    Her name was Mardji. :) The story of Mardji the elephant was explained in the former SW.com databank:
    "For A New Hope, an Asian elephant named Mardji played the bantha. The trained elephant from Marine World Africa, USA was transported to Northern California and dressed in layers of fur and a headpiece of two lightweight horns. Despite her training, Mardji was not comfortable underneath the bantha disguise, and often tried to remove the wardrobe as cameras rolled."
  4. AkshayTheJedi Jedi Master

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    Aah sweet, thanks for the info!
  5. Echo-07 Force Ghost

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    This rumor actually started a while ago. I think it has legs since its still continuing. I also think it would be great to use quarries for environments.
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  6. A Chorus of Disapproval New Films Riot Deterrent

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    Yes... Ralph McQuarrie would have been great to use for some environments. :(
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  7. anakinfansince1983 Chosen One

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    Crap, that's a depressing thought. First Star Wars movie without McQuarrie.

    RIP Ralph, it's just not going to be the same.
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  8. A Chorus of Disapproval New Films Riot Deterrent

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    I predict that some of his formerly scrapped concepts get a second look. They always look at previously unused art during these films.
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  9. EHT New Films Manager

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    Yes, thanks for that info, LelalMekha. And AkshayTheJedi, that's interesting... I didn't know the Thai ones were bigger than the Indian ones. According to Wikipedia those would both be the same subspecies of Asian elephant:

    Three subspecies are recognized:
    • the Sri Lankan elephant lives in Sri Lanka;
    • the Indian elephant lives in mainland Asia: India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar, Thailand, Malay Peninsular, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and China;
    • the Sumatran elephant lives in Sumatra and Borneo.
    Anyway... Scotland. There is lots of very cool natural scenery there that could make for an interesting planet setting in SW.
  10. A Chorus of Disapproval New Films Riot Deterrent

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    Scotland's elephants get no love. [face_plain]
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  11. EHT New Films Manager

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    I was thinking this too. And either way, his designs and visual ideas had such a huge impact on so many parts of SW, it really seems like his legacy will live on in the new movies anyway.

    Yeah, they really don't. Such a shame.
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  12. A Chorus of Disapproval New Films Riot Deterrent

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    Agreed. If they pay homage to mostly anything that has previously appeared than they are near-automatically using his aesthetic. The bad pun above aside, his planetary landscapes were what I thought of when Scotland was first "announced".
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  13. The Bornless One Jedi Padawan

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    Is it possible that they will be looking for extras for the next trilogy?
  14. EHT New Films Manager

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    We've all already signed on as extras. You just missed the cut-off. :p
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  15. chris hayes Jedi Grand Master

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    Scotland looks to be a rumour no more since it's official that EP7 will be shot at the Pinewood studios in the U.K ........
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  16. EHT New Films Manager

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    I thought about merging the two threads, but to me it looks like the confirmed info is that they'll use studios in the UK. What still seems to be unconfirmed is the use of Scotland's natural scenery for settings and backdrops.
  17. The-Eternal-Hero Force Ghost

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    Huh? He didn't do the PT either.
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  18. FRAGWAGON Force Ghost

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    His spirit was thankfully intact. Chiang, Church, Tiemens.
  19. AkshayTheJedi Jedi Master

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    They could be the same size, but personally I have seen both elephants and Thai one's are slightly bigger. I don't kno why but since they are sub species, they might be a bit different from each other. However elephants found in the Indian sub continent i.e. India, Nepal, Bangaldesh, Pakistan, Bhutan and Myanmar have almost identical breeds.
  20. Death T Jedi Master

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    Wait, you mean it's not filmed in a galaxy far far away?

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  21. SithLordDarthRichie London CR

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    As stated previously, Thai Elephants are the same thing as Asian Elephants, they are not a distinct sub-species.

    Pictures here of the Bantha costume

    These days it would just be CGI
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  22. themetresgained Jedi Grand Master

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    I'm just dying of cute at the mental image of a cranky elephant trying to pull bits of bantha costume off itself.
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  23. SithLordDarthRichie London CR

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    It's certainly not cute for anyone nearby, unhappy Elephants are the worst thing you could deal with.
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  24. EHT New Films Manager

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    True. Elephants are cute despite their large size, but we could have gotten a headline like this: "George Lucas and members of film production crew trampled to death by elephant in Tunisia." :p

    But it looks like she was being treated fairly well, so it sounds like she was more annoyed at the costume than being abused or anything that would push her to snap.