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 Last Jedi – Brow Head

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For the disappointing sequel to “The Force Awakens”, “The Last Jedi” – Luke Skywalker (played by Mark Hamill) refuses to train Rey (the wonderful Daisy Ridley) on the Islands of Skellig Michael.

Rey has a vision in a cave, these caves are in Ireland, but not on the Island itself. Instead they are on the mainland, at Brow Head. About 8 minutes from Brow Head lies Crookhaven where the crew went for food and drinks (O’Sullivans Bar claims to have been used as a place for cast and crew to have a rest).

The Last Jedi : Butler Arms Hotel

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Mark Hamill and Daisy Ridley visited Ireland for “The Force Awakens” . They returned to the Irish “Wild Atlantic Way” for the 2017 movie “The Last Jedi”. One of the Hotels they stayed in while filming on the islands of Skellig Michael was the “Butler Arms Hotel“.

The location where the crew had the wrap-party was Portmagee. Food was served at the Moorings and the final party was at the Bridge Bar.

Star Wars Identities Exhibition – London 4k UHD

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In 2017, London hosted an exhibition about Star Wars (Star Wars Identities). It featured some Original props and art. Also, visitors got a chance to create a virtual character of their own, based on all Star Wars locations and characters. Definitely worth visiting for true fans (although a bit small).

At the O2

Star Wars Identities London

 

 

Attack of the Clones : Italy

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For the second prequel to Star Wars (Attack of the Clones), Anakin marries Queen Padmé in the end. Not in a galaxy far away on Naboo, but in the European country of Italy. The building used is Villa del Balbianello and is located near lake Como.

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.

A New Hope – Chott el-Djerid

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Flat as a pancake, this location was used for the Original Star Wars. Chott el-Djerid dessert is now a military highway, but still known as “Star Wars Canyon”.  Also here is the Moss Eisley overlook and the attack of the Sand People.

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”.