Unsubstantiated rumours that he is changing his name to Kanye Western Reaches may not be factually accurate, but a Forbes cover story that revealed he is planning housing units that resemble Luke’s Tatooine homestead from A New Hope appears to be on the nose, as The Hollywood Reporter investigates.
No picture of the units was provided, but Forbes’ Zack O’Malley Greenburg accompanied West to a clearing in the middle of the California woods (specific location not given) where model structures of the Tatooine units are being designed and constructed.
“Inspired by Luke Skywalker’s childhood home, West has been working with a team to design prefabricated structures that sport the same austere aesthetic, with the goal of deploying them as low-income housing units,” Greenburg writes. “He tells me they could be used as living spaces for the homeless, perhaps sunk into the ground with light filtering in through the top.”
Describing the structures as “each oblong and dozens of feet tall,” Greenburg notes West apparently has an upcoming meeting in San Francisco with potential investors.
West has a well-known affinity for Star Wars, often dropping mentions of the films in his lyrics.