Badass Digest reports that several sources are citing May 14th as the official start date for filming on Star Wars: Episode VII. This would make sense according to an official statement from Lucasfilm. They go on to say that production will begin with two weeks on location in Morocco, plus a possible trip to Tunisia as well. The latter was the original setting used as a stand in for Tatooine, home planet of both Anakin and Luke Skywalker, and some of the sets that were built still remain as weathered monuments to the film.
BD suggests that Abrams could potentially use some of the remaining dilapidated sets as a tribute to the original trilogy as well as an easy way of creating a Tatooine that looks like it’s been through some harder times than usual, though this is simply speculation.
It would be cool to once again have first film in a Star Wars trilogy take place on the planet farthest from the bright center of the universe.
Below you can see some pics from the Tunisia sets as they stand today:
Star Wars: Episode VII will be directed by J.J. Abrams from a script that he wrote with Lawrence Kasdan. The movie will focus on a new generation of heroes and will include appearances by familiar faces. Hopefully this means Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford in older versions of their iconic characters from the original Star Wars trilogy. The film is expected to begin shooting in May of 2014 and will hit theaters on December 18, 2015
Source: Badass Digest