Could Iceland's rugged and natural beauty become the backdrop from an alien world in the "Star Wars" universe. According to a report from the Icelandic website Visir, a production crew for "Star Wars Episode VII" will visit the country next month to take "plate shots."

For those not familiar with plate shots, they're primarily used as stand-in backgrounds for scenes shot elsewhere; such as a green-screen film studio. But don't expect this latest film to copy the all-digital, nothing-real crapfest that was the "Star Wars" prequels. Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, has already made it clear that Episode 7 will return to the production roots of the original trilogy. 

"We're looking at what the early Star Wars films did; they used real locations with special effects," she said last year. "So [for Episode VII] we're going to find some very cool locations, [and] we're going to end up using every single tool in the toolbox." 

To that end, speculation is rife that Iceland could receive on-location shooting later this year. One location rumored by JJ Abrams and Co. for a possible shoot is Langjökull, home to the country's second-largest ice cap; as well as a variety of volcanos, waterfalls, and other naturally unique characteristics.

Should "Star Wars" come to Iceland, it would be the latest in what's a very impressive stretch of Hollywood films to have used the location. In the past several years, films like "Star Trek: Into Darkness," "Noah," "Thor," "Interstellar," and "Prometheus," have all shot there. 

We'll know more soon as "Star Wars Episode VII" officially kicks off filming in May. It's expected to hit theaters in Decemver 2015. 

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Iceland to serve as backdrop for 'Star Wars 7'?
Gorgeous landscape may get a starring role in a galaxy far, far, away.