It's safe to say that few sci-fi vehicles are quite as iconic as the Millennium Falcon. The Star Wars spaceship - piloted by Han Solo, and most recently by Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens - has been a favorite of audiences since it first appeared in A New Hope. And now, fans can see it from a whole new angle.
JediNewsUK recently discovered that a model of the Millennium Falcon can be seen on the backlot of Longcross Studios in Surrey, England, via Google Earth.
Fans quickly hunted for the ship, finding it on the northeast corner of Longcross' lot. While concealed at street level by what appear to be a series of containers, the bird's eye view provided by Google Earth clearly shows the Millennium Falcon.
In case you're wondering, there is good reason for the Falcon to be on the Longcross property. Star Wars: The Last Jedi shot scenes at Longcross Studios last year, and, as early set photos revealed, the ship would be making a return appearance in the film. Eager fans even spotted the Falcon and other mysterious ships at Longcross via a drone camera. The studio has become a stomping ground for several other big movies in recent years, including Guardians of the Galaxy, Skyfall, and Doctor Strange.
It's unclear exactly how long this view of the Millennium Falcon has been available on Google Earth. Reports say that Google updates their Earth imagery twice a month, but that each update only covers a random portion of the globe. There is also no indication as to whether or not the ship is still on the Longcross lot, as principal photography for The Last Jedi was complete in September of 2016.
But it has been said that Google Earth keeps the same imagery in a particular location for up to three years, so Star Wars fans will most likely be able to virtually spot the Millennium Falcon in the wild for quite a while longer.
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi is the second film in the new Star Wars sequel trilogy that began with Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2015. The film will deal with Luke training Rey to become a, and possibly the last, Jedi. Meanwhile, the Resistance, including Poe Dameron and First Order defector Finn, continues to fight against the First Order, led by General Hux, while Supreme Leader Snoke and his Dark Side follower Kylo Ren continue their mysterious plot.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is written and directed by Rian Johnson and stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong'o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Andy Serkis, Benicio Del Toro, Laura Dern, and Kelly Marie Tran.
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