Spoiler: How a Familiar Planet May Appear in Episode VII


Yavin IVThere have been a lot of rumors about familiar planets appearing in Star Wars Episode VII, although most of them came from sites unfamiliar with the idea that Star Wars always introduces new worlds in each movie. While planets like Hoth or Endor, two of the big rumored appearances, won’t show up in the movie we’ve been hearing hints at Yavin for quite a long time.

This morning Badass Digest posted a story saying that the scenes filmed at Greenham Common in the UK are for Yavin IV in Episode VII. This is incorrect. In fact, the Greenham Common location won’t look too different in the movie once finished. It’ll still be a flat, grassy world with sparse trees. Very little CG work is being done on Greenham Common, outside of adding some background objects like radar dishes, extra ships, etc. They aren’t digitally adding-in the Yavin IV jungle there.

MakingStarWars.net has a description of a “Pirate’s Cove” that very well may be set on Yavin:

The Yavin base is another location called “The Pirate’s Cove.” X-wings are docked in the temple just as you would imagine from back during the battle on the first Death Star. However, netting hangs down from the top of the hanger, loosely in places. The location is foggy and not clear as if a morning fog or mist has just came in and rain was recently on the ground. The trees are very much a different sort of thing than what you would see on the Greenham Common planet’s base, which is a giant field with trees off to the horizon. One is a jungle the others is wooded. This is a temple with a lush and dense amount of tall trees just outside it. The Massassi Temple from Star Wars: Episode IV was examined closely to capture the same feel and essence of the initial rebel base.

It’s not 100% certain that this “Pirate’s Cove” is set on Yavin IV, but the evidence for it is very strong. It’s in a rain forest, and inside looks a lot like the old Massassi Temple from A New Hope. The filmmakers using the old Temple set as a reference for it during construction is another big clue. Story-wise, it would make sense as well. If the Rebels found Yavin to be a good hiding spot in Episode IV, it’s not surprising pirates would hide out there once the base was abandoned…