Considering the secrecy surrounding the construction of a full-scale Millennium Falcon for what would become Star Wars: The Force Awakens, one might think the iconic vessel would've been disassembled and stored in a secure facility following production of The Last Jedi. Instead, it appears the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy is being stowed out in the open, near a golf course in Surrey, England.
According to the Daily Mail, the unmistakable shape of the enormous prop, surrounded by shipping containers and partially covered by a tarp, was spotted by fans using Google Earth.
Scenes for director Rian Johnson's sequel were filmed at nearby Longcross Studios in Surrey. Once the Millennium Falcon was no longer needed, it was apparently moved just off the studio lot, near the golf course, rather that place it into storage. The ship will presumably be dusted off again director J.J. Abrams' Episode IX, set for release in 2019.
Opening Dec. 15, Star Wars: The Last Jedi features returning cast members Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa, Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, Lupita Nyong’o as Maz Kanata, Domhnall Gleeson as General Hux, Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma and Andy Serkis as Supreme Leader Snoke, joined by franchise newcomers Kelly Marie Tran as Rose, Benicio del Toro as “DJ” and Laura Dern as Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo.