Tomb Raider The Cradle of Life – Wales (Snowdonia)

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Originaly, Tomb Raider – The Cradle of Life was going to be filmed in China near the Great Wall. The Chinese authorities refused the crew to film in their country, so an alternative had to be found. The United Kingdom was chosen, Snowdonia area in particular. The bike chase near the great wall was filmed at Pen y Pass. The wall was added later.

Lara crashed her pod at lake Llyn Gwynant near Beddgelert. More mountains were created by an effects studio to give the area a more Chinese look. But the Chinese village was real, build for the movie near the Welch lake.

A drop was filmed at Alexandra Slate Quarry – Gwynedd (also enhanced later by special effects to make it more spectacular). Here the Terracotta army is stored. The LongMen Grottoes at LuoYang, China were also used for these scenes.

Other locations used are Moel Siabod and Fynnon Llugwy.

Another famous movie, starring Warwick Davies, was recorded in the area as well. “Willow” was filmed in and around Llanberis.

Rogue One (Star Wars) – Jordan

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UNESCO’s world heritage “Wadi Rum” has been used for movies for many years. “Lawrence of Arabia” (1960) is well known for using this location, and the red sand makes it a popular location for films that appear to have been shot on Mars (“The Martian”).

In 2016 the crew for Rogue One turned Wadi Rum into the dessert location Jedha where a great battle takes place. Jedha is a pilgrmage planet for Force believers…

Although the wide exteriors were filmed in Jordan, other shots are actualy filmed at Elstree Studios in London.

Rogue One (Star Wars) – Iceland

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Iceland has become a very popular location for film and tv-productions. Recently, many scenes for “Game of Thrones” were filmed here as well as “Prometheus” and “Batman”.

But also “The Force Awakens” was filmed here (snow scenes). Rogue One does not visit Iceland for the snow, but for the rough exteriors. Jynn’s home is on the planet of Eadu, what we know as Iceland. In the south, Mýrdalssandur beach, Reynisfjara and Hafursey and Hjörleifshöfði (the haunted mountain of Iceland) mountains can be spotted in the film.

Rogue One – London

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While a lot of Rogue One was filmed on a soundstage at Elstree Studios (Hertfordshire), the crew went outside of this location as well to film at some weird locations. While exteriors for Scarif were filmed at the Maldives, perhaps the weirdest of all locations is “Canary Wharf Tube Station” in London. Clearly visible, and very accesible for all fans, this tube station was used as a filming location when the line was closed (midnight till four).

Rogue One (Star Wars) – Maldives

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White tropical beaches and palm trees is not something that you might assiciate with a Star Wars movie. And that is why director Gareth Edwards choose this location for the planet of Scarif. Never before was there such a location in the Star Wars Universe. And it is very unlikely we see this location in future films… but then again, you never know…

Most scenes of Scarif were filmed in the Maldives (Laamu Gan), but some shots took place in a far less tropical location, Elstree Studios, Hertfordshire England.

Laamu Gan is not the only Island used, also Berasdhoo Island, one of the largest islands was used.

Good luck Jynn!