Millennium Falcon spacecraft built for Star Wars: Episode VII

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(From The Guardian) So far the only character confirmed 100% to appear in Star Wars: Episode VII is diminutive droid R2D2. But another stalwart of the long-running space saga is reportedly being built at London’s Pinewood studios: the Millennium Falcon.

The legendary space freighter, which Harrison Ford’s Han Solo adapted himself for extra speed (and which can reputedly make the Kessel Run in under 12 parsecs) was last seen on the big screen in 1983′s Return of the Jedi.

Now Latino Review quotes a source suggesting the ship’s interior has already been completed at Pinewood, where director JJ Abrams will shoot Star Wars: Episode VII early next year.

The Millennium Falcon’s return suggests Solo himself is likely to appear in the Disney-produced Star Wars film, which is tipped to be the first of a new trilogy.

The studio purchased all rights to the series via a buyout of George Lucas’s LucasFilm for $4.05bn (£2.48bn) in October 2012.

Ford himself has been taciturn about his chances of returning to his best-known role, telling UK talk show host Graham Norton last month that he had “not quite made the choice”.

Star Wars: Episode VII is due in cinemas in December 2015.

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