New Boba Fett Video Reveals How Tatooine Was Created In a California Parking Lot

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Lucasfilm and Disney+ are continuing their impressive run of content releases, with the first three episodes of Temeura Morrison's The Book of Boba Fett having debuted to the public over the past few weeks. Teaming up with Ming-Na Wen's Fennec Shand in a post-The Mandalorian adventure, Fett is now to taking on the criminal underworld left in the aftermath of Jabba the Hutt's death in Episode VI.

The setting for The Book of Boba Fett is all coming together on the sands of Tatooine, which has been one of the Star Wars universe's most iconic locations for more than four decades. The desert planet came into play as early as 1977's Episode IV: A New Hope, and it's set to continue playing a role in the story in future projects like Ewan McGregor's Obi-Wan Kenobi later this year. 

Since the Star Wars universe took on its new journey into Disney+ shows, Lucasfilm and Disney have utilized various techniques to bring Star Wars' worlds to life from the popular Volume technology to extensive real-life sets. Now, a new video has emerged that shows some of the work done to bring Tatooine to life in The Book of Boba Fett.

Tatooine Set from Book of Boba Fett Revealed

John Schreiber from the CBS 2 news network in Los Angeles, California shared a Twitter video of aerial shots capturing a set of Tatooine from Lucasfilm's The Book of Boba Fett.

The video shows a parking lot in Carson, CA, which is about 16 miles south of LA, filled with sand and surrounded by blue screens as the crew sets up the Tusken Raiders' tents all across the area.

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This scene came into play during the flashback scenes in Episode 2 when Boba was showing the Tatooine residents how to ride a speeder and helping them to raid the Pyke Syndicate's spice train.

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Schreiber's full video can be seen below:


Los Angeles Goes Full Tatooine for Boba Fett

Los Angeles, California is one of the premiere cities in the entertainment industry, known for being the home of stars galore and the site of major world premiere events, as seen most recently with Spider-Man: No Way Home. While the city has its fair share of major buildings that can be used for movie and TV show sets, it appears that even its parking lots can be put to good use in instances like this.

As Star Wars fans are well aware, one of Tatooine's defining features is its expansive desert landscape as the sand spreads out through its cities and over dunes alike. What that means is basically any open area can be transformed into the desert planet with just a truckload or two of sand, regardless of how Anakin Skywalker or others feel about its "rough and coarse and irritating" nature.

Of course, plenty of CGI and post-production work was needed to fill in the rest of the planet behind Morrison and the Tuskens, but this set in Carson proved more than useful to make filming as practical and realistic as possible. It will be interesting to find out how many other scenes from the series were filmed this way, but for now, fans get a fun inside look at the speeder training set-up for Boba and the Tuskens.

The first three episodes of The Book of Boba Fett are now available to stream on Disney+.

- About The Author: Richard Nebens
Richard Nebens joined The Direct in March 2020, now serving as the site's Senior Writer and also working as an assistant editor and content creator. He started his journalism career as a hobby in 2019 and is passionate about sharing news and stories from the entertainment industry, especially comic book movies, comedy, and sci-fi. Richard looks to expand his knowledge about movies and TV every day, and he is eager to stay locked into the latest releases and breaking news at every opportunity.