Report: STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Going Back to Tatooine
Fans and press alike are rabidly scavenging for any bits and pieces of news about Star Wars: Episode VII, the highly-anticipated sequel to the original trilogy. While our actual knowledge, as in, confirmed by Disney/Lucasfilm, is that the movie is coming out December 18, 2015, directed by J.J. Abrams, written by Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan (an earlier script was scrapped when Abrams came aboard), with both new and returning characters. It takes place about 30 years after the end of Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi, and the only confirmed cast member (seriously) is R2D2.
However, there is a lot of reliable though not officially announced information out there, as well, like the villain being played by Adam Driver, the original three of Luke, Leia, and Han returning (as well as Chewbacca) - all played by their original actors, and new characters being progeny of some of the characters from the first trilogy.
Add to that a new report from THR saying that a filming location of "a Morocco-like environment" will be used to recreate Tatooine, the desert planet under two suns that serves as the home of both Anakin Skywalker and later Luke Skywalker, growing up under the watchful eye of Obi-Wan Kenobi. This all ties in nicely to the nostalgic feel surrounding most of the rumors and news about the movie at the moment, and should be considered pretty reliable. Of course, the Tunisian government has been lobbying for funds to restore and protect the original sets, so maybe this will all wind up being back where it all began, anyway.