The Last Jedi – Sybil Head

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On one of the most beautiful locations in the World (as written by National Geographic), on the west coast of Ireland, a historic scene was created for a ‘galaxy far far away’.

The crew for ‘The Last Jedi’ had used the Island of Skellig Michael for the scenes where Luke Skywalker is found by Rey. On this Island, beehive huts can be found. These are not the actual ones used for the film, instead on the mainland of Ireland, at Sybil Head, these amazing huts were recreated.

The Shawshank Redemption – Ohio

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One of the most famous, if not the most famous, prison in film history, must be the Shawshank State Prison. In the original story by Stephen King, the prison is located in Maine. Actual production took place in Ohio. Mansfield Reformatory, or Ohio State Reformatory (100 Reformatory Road), was used for the film, This prison was build in 1886 and when the film was made, they were about to destroy this historic building.

Most of the prison is still intact and open for visitors. Some of the original film location became a new (real) prison.

Other movies that are filmed in this prison are “Air Force One” and “Tango and Cash”.

The Force Awakens – Isle of Skye

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“Prometheus”, “The Dark Knight Rises”, “Skyfall” and “Harry Potter” have all been here before J.J. Abrahams decided to use this location in the “Force Awakens”.

The Force Awakens – Rub’ al Khali desert

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They needed sand for “The Force Awakens”, lots of sand, so why not go to the biggest desert in the world in the Arabian Peninsula? Rub’ al Khali desert is the largest sand desert in the world and is used as planet Jakku (and the actors say it was HOT HOT HOT!). Luxury resorts are nearby in case you would like to visit this desert (and this is also where the crew stayed).

Fun fact: while filming, codename AVCO was used (much like “Blue Harvest” was used for “Jedi”). Avco is the name of the theater where JJ saw “Star Wars”.

 

The Force Awakens – Krafla

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Volcanic Iceland is used for many Holywood Film and TV productions. Krafla is used in “Game of Thrones” for the location of the Wall, “Batman Begins”, “Interstellar” and “Oblivion” filmed here. For the production of episode VIII, the snow battle was filmed here. Also the much greener Lake Mývatn was used as a filming location, which is nearby on Iceland.

The Force Awakens – Puzzlewood

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A long time ago, before the production of Star Wars episode VII, Puzzlewood forrest was used for movies and TV shows like  “Merlin” and “Jack the Giant Slayer”. These days, it might become more famous for the blockbuster “The Force Awakens”.

The Force Awakens – Skellig Michael

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The Irish Island of Skellig Michael is used in the 2015 Star Wars reboot. Luke Skywalker is hiding on these islands, Rey finds him at the end of episode VII…

The Last Jedi:

Rey trains herself in the Islands of Skellig Michael (while Chewbacca has fun with the Porgs). More Irish locations have been used for the sequel to TFA.