While we still wait for Disney and LucasFilm to confirm cast members for Star Wars: Episode VII, we have word that the production will be heading to Iceland this spring before the main production begins this May at Pinewood Studios in London, sparking rumors that the sequel will return to the ice planet of Hoth.
Metro.co.uk reports that none of the main cast members will be present for the shoot, with the production team strictly shooting landscape "plate" shots in the frigid country. Naturally, neither Disney or LucasFilm have confirmed Iceland as a shooting location. However, if production does in fact begin in Iceland over the next couple of months, there likely won't be any snow on the ground.
According to WeatherSpark.com, the average temperature for Iceland during the month of April is between 40 and 45 degrees Fahrenheit, and between 45 and 52 degrees in May. Even if production does take place in Iceland over the next few months, it likely won't be to shoot any scenes doubling for Hoth.
As you may recall, Hoth was featured in opening sequence of Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back, with the Rebel Alliance forming a new base on the frigid planet, following the evacuation of Yavin IV.
We reported last week that Star Wars: Episode VII will be set 30 years after the events portrayed in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi, with the story featuring "some very familiar faces and a trio of new young leads." Actors such as Ed Speleers (Downton Abbey), John Boyega (Attack the Block), Matthew James Thomas (About a Boy), and Broadway star Ray Fisher are in contention for a Jedi apprentice role, alongside Jesse Plemons (Breaking Bad). Girls star Adam Driver is in talks to play an unspecified villain, while Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years a Slave) is being considered to play a Sith descendant of Obi Wan Kenobi.