Somebody found the Millennium Falcon on Google Maps
In 2015, the unthinkable happened. A new Star Wars movie came out, and it didn't suck. I know, there's a whole new generation out there that grew up with the Star Wars prequels and even prefers them to the original trilogy, but all of those people are wrong. The Star Wars prequels are garbage. That is not an opinion. It is a fact. Jar Jar Binks. "I hate sand." "NOOOOOOOOO!" Enough said.
However, Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens was great. Sure, it was the same story all over again, complete with a new Death Star - I mean Starkiller - but so what? It had great new characters played by great new actors and the original Star Wars cast members came back to remind us about the grim passage of time. It was awesome. Just when people thought Star Wars was dead, it came back, stronger than ever before. And BB-8 is adorable - if you don't love that thing, you have no heart.
Now we're anxiously anticipating the next Star Wars movie, The Last Jedi. Disney's been notoriously secretive. We barely know anything about the plot, beyond what's been hinted at in the trailers. They act like they're doing us a favor just by telling us the title. But now Disney's airtight security has been breached - not by an expert Russian hacker, and not by a team of spies in those extremely convincing Mission: Impossible disguises. They were busted by some nerd on Google Maps.
Online writer Kevin Beaumont knew Longcross Studios was a filming site for several blockbuster movies: Thor: The Dark World, Skyfall, Guardians of the Galaxy. In case you're not familiar with Longcross Studios, they're located about 25 miles from London. So one day, Kevin punched the address for Longcross into Google Maps, and look what popped up: The Millennium Falcon, surrounded by colorful shipping containers! Take that, Disney! You can fool the people on street level, but you can't fool the satellites in the sky!
Kevin's Tweet got hundreds of responses, and the best one comes from someone with a friend in the area:
"My big-star-wars-fan colleague walks his dog in this area and he almost pissed himself when he found out that we was walking next to The Millenium Falcon every day."
We're not sure exactly when Google Maps took this photo, but it must have been during the filming of The Last Jedi. In the trailer, we saw the spacecraft briefly, so we know it's featured in the movie. And now we know the "hunk of junk" has an important role left to play - besides the place where Chewbacca goes to cry.
The news just broke that Rian Johnson, director of The Last Jedi, is planning a whole new Star Wars trilogy featuring "new characters from a corner of the galaxy that Star Wars lore has never before explored." We can't wait to see what's happening. But not on the big screen - two months before the release date, on Google Maps.