Many Bothans etc: sources tell me that Star Wars Episode VII will begin shooting almost exactly six weeks from today, on May 14th. The first two weeks will be on location in Morocco.
If I had to guess I would say this means a return to Tatooine, and that it's possible the production will be skipping overto Tunisia as well, where most of the Tatooine stuff was shot. I can't figure out which scenes from A NewHope were shot in Morocco, but I find a lot of people saying stuff was shot there, as well as the work of photographer Ra di Martino, who took this astonishing picture ofa man begging on an abandoned set in Morocco just a couple of years ago:
That moisture farm looks to be still operational!
Recently Star Wars fans realized that the sets, left standing after production, were weathering away and some launched campaigns to save them. What if JJ Abrams intends to use the dilapidated sets to show something has changed radically on Tatooine in the 30 years since Return of the Jedi? It would be kind of cool to shoot exactly where Lucas shot, using the exact same structures.
I trust this source implicitly, so I take May 14th as the date this movie starts. That means it's 42 days until Star Wars: Episode VII starts to come alive.