Jason Ward of Making Star Wars has reported a new tidbit concerning set pieces at Pinewood Studios, set pieces that are presumably for the first Star Wars Anthology film, Rogue One.
Ward’s source said the following:
"“There are [Moisture] Vaporators turning up. No sign of sand… yet.”"
The presence of moisture vaporators, the primary equipment in moisture farming on planets like Tatooine, may be indicative of a return to that familiar desert planet. Of course, moisture vaporators could be present on any planet where moisture has to be harvested out of the air, but it’s food for speculative thought.
If Rogue One will be taking us to Tatooine, there are a plethora of reasons for why. An appearance by Obi Wan Kenobi would be cool; except that (as Ward points out), according to the Conversation with Gareth Edwards panel at Star Wars Celebration, the Jedi may have little or no presence in Rogue One at all. That leaves any number of other possibilities, however, including bounty hunters, smugglers, and crime lords like Jabba the Hutt. Perhaps the “resistance fighters” need some special equipment, or some special allies, to successfully nab the Death Star plans from under the Empire’s nose.
Of course, the part of me that likes to wildly speculate without much hope of that speculation being real likes to think that the source is mistaking a Rogue One set for the set of another movie, possibly an Obi Wan Kenobi spinoff…? But though that may be my only hope, I’m afraid it’s a farfetched one.
What do you think? Are you prepared in case Rogue One will make a return to Tatooine?
Star Wars: Rogue One will begin filming in August 2015, according to Kathleen Kennedy. It will hit theaters December 16th, 2016.