List of Star Wars filming locations

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Map showing Star Wars shooting locations and film studios
Scenery left over from the filming of Tatooine scenes in Onk Jmel, Tunisia

Multiple global locations were used between 1976 and 2003 for filming locations during the production of the first six Star Wars films to provide the setting for alien planets in the Star Wars Universe.

Most locations were used to shoot principal photography with actors; more recently as digital filmmaking has become more common, some prequel trilogy locations were shot with no actors present and digitally composited into the films to provide a backdrop of a story setting.

Listed below are locations used for filming of the following Star Wars films:

In addition to filming locations, a list of film studios is also included for reference.

Maps[edit]

Location filming[edit]

Image Location Country Episode Setting Notes


stone houses in Ksar Hadadda Ksar Hadada, Ghoumrassen Tunisia I Tatooine: Mos Espa slave quarters [1]
multi-storey stone houses with steps to doors Ksar Ouled Soltane Tunisia I Tatooine: Mos Espa slave quarters 30 km south of Tataouine[1]
Film set in town buildings Onk Jemal, Tozeur 33°59′39″N 7°50′34″E / 33.994030°N 7.842748°E / 33.994030; 7.842748 Tunisia I Tatooine: Mos Espa street set Location of the lightsaber duel between Qui-Gon Jinn & Darth Maul; Mos Espa;[1]
Sweeping marble staircase inside the Palace of Caserta Palace of Caserta Italy I, II Naboo Royal Palace [2]
Glade in Whippendell Wood Whippendell Woods, Cassiobury Park, Watford UK I Naboo forest scene First meeting of Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi with Jar Jar Binks.[3][4]
Curved colonnade of the Plaza de España Plaza de España in Seville Spain II Naboo: City of Theed [5]


Villa del Balbianello on Lake Como Villa del Balbianello Italy II Naboo lakeside Used for Anakin and Padmé's wedding scene overlooking Lake Como [6]
Hotel Sididriss,Matmata Matmata Tunisia II, IV Tatooine: Lars Homestead Used for courtyard shots and Lars dinner scene. The homestead also featured in Attack of the Clones[1][7]
Phang Nga Bay.jpg Phang Nga Bay, near Phuket Thailand III Kashyyyk Aerial footage of limestone karst mountains which was later composited into the film for the approach over the Battle of Kashyyyk [8]
Tall karst mountains in the mist seen from the Li river Guilin China III Kashyyyk Footage of limestone karst mountains which was later composited into the film for the backdrop of Kashyyyk[9]
Eruption of lava from Etna in 2002 Mount Etna Italy III Mustafar The volcano erupted during filming of Episode III and Lucasfilm sent camera crews to shoot several angles of the eruption; footage was later composited into the background of the scenes set on Mustafar including the lightsaber duel of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker.[10][11]
snow-covered peak of the Jungfraujoch, Grindelwald Grindelwald Switzerland III Alderaan Footage of mountain scenery which was later composited into the film for the backdrop of the planet Alderaan[12]


 remains of the Lars Homestead in the desert Chott el Djerid, near Nefta 33°50′34″N 7°46′45″E / 33.842850°N 7.779055°E / 33.842850; 7.779055 Tunisia IV Tatooine desert and Lars homestead Area west of Nefta: chott used for the Lars homestead[1]
Sand dunes near Nefta La Grande Dune, near Nefta Tunisia IV Tatooine desert Sand dunes west of Nefta used to film the landing area of the escape pod of C-3PO and R2-D2[1][13][14]
View of Tikal over rainforest trees Tikal Guatemala IV Yavin IV Rebel Base Exterior panoramic shots over the Yavin IV jungle towards the Massassi Temple[15][16]
Cardington 2003 RAF Cardington, Bedfordshire UK IV, R1 Yavin IV Rebel Base Interior of disused WWII airship sheds were used for the Rebel Base hangar scenes inside the Massassi Temple on the Fourth Moon of Yavin IV; Shed 1 was used in Ep.IV and Shed 2 was used for Rogue One.[17][18]
Mesquite Sand Dunes in Death Valley
Dante's View looking North
Death Valley National Park United States IV Tatooine desert

Several Tatooine scenes:[15][19]

  • Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes - scene where R2D2 goes his separate way after he and C3P0 crash their escape pod on Tatooine (spliced with footage shot in Tunisia)
  • Artists Palette & Golden Canyon - Canyon where R2D2 is abducted by Jawas (spliced with footage shot at Sidi Bouhlel, Tunisia)
  • Artist's Drive - Where the miniature Sandcrawler was filmed for the shot of R2D2 being carried up to it by Jawas
  • Desolation Canyon - Canyon where Tusken Raiders mount Bantha before Luke Skywalker is attacked (spliced with Sidi Bouhlel footage)
  • Dante's View - panoramic establishing shot of Mos Eisley (spliced with Sidi Bouhlel footage of Luke and Obi-Wan standing on rocky outcrop)
domed a mud building Ajim, Island of Djerba Tunisia IV Tatooine: Mos Eisley Spaceport Scenes shot in the town include the exterior of the Mos Eisley Cantina. An old mosque outside the town (33°44′27″N 10°44′05″E / 33.740855°N 10.734859°E / 33.740855; 10.734859) was used for exterior shots of Obi-Wan Kenobi's house.[1]
white mud buildings overlooking a Tunsian beach Sidi Jemour, Island of Djerba Tunisia IV Tatooine: Tosche Station Location for the deleted exterior scenes with Luke and Biggs Darklighter; also used as a backdrop in the Special Edition for the scene showing Luke's landspeeder heading towards Mos Eisley[1][20]
Closeup of a rocky outcrop in Sidi Bouhlel canyon Shubiel Gorge, Sidi Bouhlel (or Sidi Bou Helal), near Tozeur 34°02′11″N 8°16′49″E / 34.036255°N 8.280333°E / 34.036255; 8.280333 Tunisia IV Tatooine canyon

Several Tatooine scenes:[13][21]


Hardangerjøkulen Glacier Hardangerjøkulen Glacier Norway V Hoth Exterior scenes during the battle of Hoth[22]


Wide, rocky sandy canyon with path Twenty-Mule Team Canyon, Death Valley, California USA VI Tatooine: Road to Jabba's Palace Two Tatooine scenes:
  • C-3P0 and R2D2 walk up to the Palace of Jabba the Hutt on Tatooine.
  • "Lost scene" of Luke Skywalker working on a new lightsaber in a cave overlooking the Millennium Falcon and his X-wing, followed by R2D2 and C3PO starting their trek to Jabba's palace.
Imperial Sand Dunes ni the Yuma Desert Buttercup Valley, Yuma Desert United States VI Tatooine exteriors

Location used for the Great Pit of Carkoon scene [23][24]
Additional footage for the special edition of A New Hope of stormtroopers finding evidence of droids was shot here and cut in with original shots from La Grande Dune, Tunisia [25][26]

dense redwood forest in the Redwood National Park Del Norte County, CA USA VI Endor Forest scenes on the moon of Endor
Sunset over the Rub' al Khali sand dunes Rub' al Khali UAE VII Jakku Desert scenes on the planet Jakku[27][28]
View over Derwentwater towards Maiden Moor Derwentwater, Cumbria UK VII Takodana Lakeside setting of Maz Kanata's Castle on Takodana; some Lakeland Fells in the background are altered with CGI[29][28]
Thirlmere Reservoir Thirlmere, Cumbria UK VII Takodana Low-level X-Wing flight sequences over Takodana; the background was apparently flipped horizontally[29][28]
moss-covered rocks in Puzzlewood Forest Puzzlewood, Forest of Dean UK VII Takodana Forest scenes on the surface of Takodana[30][28]
Disused missile silo at RAF Greenham Common RAF Greenham Common, Berkshire UK VII D'Qar Disused missile silos formed the backdrop for the Resistance Base[31][28]
Ice-covered mountain Eyjafjallajökull Eyjafjallajökull Iceland VII Starkiller Base Snow scenes on the surface of Starkiller Base[28]
Skellig Michael island in the Atlantic Ocean Skellig Michael Ireland VII Ahch-To: Luke's refuge Final scenes: Rey meeting Luke Skywalker for the first time[28]
Interior of Canary Wharf Canary Wharf UK R1 Imperial Base London's Canary Wharf tube station was used as the setting for the Imperial security complex on Scarif. The Norman Foster-designed station's escalators and glass safety doors are particularly noticeable in the film. [32]
Islands on the north eastern fringes of Laamu Atoll Laamu Atoll Maldives R1 Planet Scarif The Laamu Atoll makes up 82 of the 1,192 Maldivian islands. The atoll's Gan, which is one of the Maldives' largest islands, stood in for planet Scarif. [32]
The cliffs by Vík í Mýrdal, Iceland Reynisfjara Iceland R1 Planet Eadu A 20-minute drive from Vík í Mýrdal, Reynisfjara served as the setting for the planet Eadu. [32]
  A mountain near the entrance to Wadi Rum Wadi Rum Jordan R1 Planet Jedha Wadi Rum is a popular desert location, also used in The Martian. This location earned the Royal Film Commission – Jordan the Location Managers Guild Award for best Film Commission in 2017. [33]
Empty expanse of tarmac at Bovingdon Airfield Bovingdon Airfield, Hertfordshire UK R1 Scarif Battle scenes on the surface of Scarif[34]

Studios[edit]

Image Location Country Episode Setting Notes
The white lodge at Ealing Film Studios Ealing Studios UK II
Stage 7 at Elstree Studios Elstree Studios UK II, III, R1, IV, V, VI The largest Stage 6 was built specifically for The Empire Strikes Back in 1979 (since demolished)
Leavesden Studios Leavesden Studios UK I
File:Entrance to Pinewood Studios Pinewood Studios UK R1, VII
File:Entrance to Shepperton Studios Shepperton Studios UK III, IV Yavin Stage H was used for the final awards ceremony at the end of Episode IV
Fox Studios Sydney Fox Studios, Sydney Australia II, III

See also[edit]

Behind-the-scenes documentaries:

References[edit]

Notes

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Daniel Jacobs and Peter Morris (2001). "Jedi Stomping Ground". Tunisia (6th ed.). London: Rough Guides. p. 319. ISBN 9781858287485. Retrieved 22 March 2012. 
  2. ^ Hanson, Matt (2005). "Star Wars: The Phantom Menace". The science behind the fiction : building sci-fi moviescapes. Burlington, Mass.: Focal Press. p. 75. ISBN 9780240807720. 
  3. ^ "The Park on TV". Cassiobury Park website. Retrieved 15 March 2012. 
  4. ^ "Star Wars trek: Whippendell Woods - November 2001". Star Wars Locations. Retrieved 15 March 2012. 
  5. ^ Symington, Andy (2004). "Sevilla". Andalucia (4. ed.). Bath: Footprint Handbooks. p. 76. ISBN 9781903471876. 
  6. ^ "Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones film locations". The Worldwide Guide to Film Locations. Retrieved 28 March 2012. 
  7. ^ Carvin, Andy (25 January 2006). "The real Star Wars?". ASAP. Associated Press. Retrieved 22 March 2012. 
  8. ^ "Phuket: the ultimate movie location". The Phuket Observer. Retrieved 28 March 2012. 
  9. ^ Simon Foster, Candice Lee (2012). "12. Guilin". Frommer's China. John Wiley & Sons. p. 598. ISBN 9781118223529. 
  10. ^ Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith DVD documentary Within a Minute, [2005].
  11. ^ "Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith press text booklet" (PDF). Lucasfilm Ltd. 31 March 2005. Retrieved 2012-03-28. 
  12. ^ Stephens, Thomas. "Giving Swiss film locations some direction". SwissInfo.ch. Retrieved 1 July 2012. 
  13. ^ a b Hearn 2005, p. 116
  14. ^ "The Dunes". Star Wars locations. Retrieved 28 March 2012. 
  15. ^ a b Hearn 2005, p. 109
  16. ^ "Star Wars trek: Tikal, Guatemala". Star Wars Locations. April 2004. Retrieved 28 March 2012. 
  17. ^ "Cardington Sheds to make a Star Wars comeback". Bedfordshire on Sunday. 23 July 2015. Retrieved 22 December 2016. 
  18. ^ Lewis, Rebecca (20 December 2016). "11 things you may not have known about Rogue One: A Star Wars Story". Metro. Retrieved 22 December 2016. 
  19. ^ "Star Wars trek: Death Valley - April 2001". Star Wars Locations. Retrieved 28 March 2012. 
  20. ^ "Sidi Jemour". Star Wars Locations. Retrieved 1 April 2012. 
  21. ^ Kenworthy, Colin. "Colin's Canyon Quiz". Star Wars Locations. Retrieved 28 March 2012. 
  22. ^ Lundgren, Anthony Ham, Miles Roddis, Kari (2008). Norway (4th ed.). Footscray, Vic.: Lonely Planet. p. 190. ISBN 9781741045796. 
  23. ^ Hearn 2005, p. 140.
  24. ^ Duke, Brad (2005). "18. Life Among the Aliens". Harrison Ford : the films. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland. p. 103. ISBN 9780786420162. 
  25. ^ David West Reynolds and Scott Chernoff (March 2000). "Star Wars Insider" (48). 
  26. ^ "Return of the Jedi Official Collectors Edition". Paradise Press. 1983. 
  27. ^ Ali, Lorraine (3 December 2015). "The harsh reality of building a 'Star Wars' fantasy in Abu Dhabi". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 18 April 2017. Retrieved 20 April 2017. 
  28. ^ a b c d e f g Hashim, Shakeel. "See the real life filming locations of Star Wars: The Force Awakens". News Corp Australia. News.Com.Au. Archived from the original on 26 October 2017. Retrieved 26 October 2017. 
  29. ^ a b Abbit, Beth (14 December 2015). "Watch: Fascinating video pinpointing exactly where Star Wars scenes were filmed in the Lake District". Manchester Evening News. Archived from the original on 9 October 2016. Retrieved 7 April 2017. 
  30. ^ "Star Wars: Puzzlewood 'magical' location for filming". BBC News. 17 December 2015. Archived from the original on 20 December 2015. Retrieved 8 April 2017. 
  31. ^ "Close up photos of the Star Wars: Episode VII Greenham Common set | Making Star Wars". makingstarwars.net. Archived from the original on 1 May 2016. Retrieved 7 April 2017. 
  32. ^ a b c Carey, Meredith. "6 Star Wars 'Rogue One' Filming Locations You Can Visit Right Now". Conde Nast Traveller. Retrieved December 16, 2016. 
  33. ^ "RFC bags 'Outstanding Film Commission' Award". Jordan Times. 10 April 2017. 
  34. ^ "When Star Wars went to the Maldives - and brought its idyllic beaches back to Britain". RadioTimes. Retrieved 24 April 2017. 

Sources

  • Howard, Marcus Hearn ; foreword by Ron (2005). The Cinema of George Lucas. New York: Abrams. ISBN 0810949687. 

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