List of Star Wars filming locations
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:
- Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999)
- Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002)
- Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005)
- Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977)
- Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
- Star Wars Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi (1983)
- Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015)
- Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (2017)
- Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
In addition to filming locations, a list of film studios is also included for reference.
|Ksar Hadada, Ghoumrassen||Tunisia||I||Tatooine: Mos Espa slave quarters|||
|Ksar Ouled Soltane||Tunisia||I||Tatooine: Mos Espa slave quarters||30 km south of Tataouine|
|Onk Jemal, Tozeur||Tunisia||I||Tatooine: Mos Espa street set||Location of the lightsaber duel between Qui-Gon Jinn & Darth Maul; Mos Espa;|
|Palace of Caserta||Italy||I, II||Naboo Royal Palace|||
|Whippendell Woods, Cassiobury Park, Watford||UK||I||Naboo forest scene||First meeting of Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi with Jar Jar Binks.|
|Plaza de España in Seville||Spain||II||Naboo: City of Theed||
|Villa del Balbianello||Italy||II||Naboo lakeside||Used for Anakin and Padmé's wedding scene overlooking Lake Como |
|Matmata||Tunisia||II, IV||Tatooine: Lars Homestead||Used for courtyard shots and Lars dinner scene. The homestead also featured in Attack of the Clones|
|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 |
|Guilin||China||III||Kashyyyk||Footage of limestone karst mountains which was later composited into the film for the backdrop of Kashyyyk|
|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.|
|Grindelwald||Switzerland||III||Alderaan||Footage of mountain scenery which was later composited into the film for the backdrop of the planet Alderaan
|Chott el Djerid, near Nefta||Tunisia||IV||Tatooine desert and Lars homestead||Area west of Nefta: chott used for the Lars homestead|
|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|
|Tikal||Guatemala||IV||Yavin IV Rebel Base||Exterior panoramic shots over the Yavin IV jungle towards the Massassi Temple|
|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.|
|Death Valley National Park||United States||IV||Tatooine desert||
|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 ( ) was used for exterior shots of Obi-Wan Kenobi's house.|
|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|
|Shubiel Gorge, Sidi Bouhlel (or Sidi Bou Helal), near Tozeur||Tunisia||IV||Tatooine canyon||
|Hardangerjøkulen Glacier||Norway||V||Hoth||Exterior scenes during the battle of Hoth
|Twenty-Mule Team Canyon, Death Valley, California||USA||VI||Tatooine: Road to Jabba's Palace||Two Tatooine scenes:
|Buttercup Valley, Yuma Desert||United States||VI||Tatooine exteriors||
Location used for the Great Pit of Carkoon scene 
|Del Norte County, CA||USA||VI||Endor||Forest scenes on the moon of Endor|
|Rub' al Khali||UAE||VII||Jakku||Desert scenes on the planet Jakku|
|Derwentwater, Cumbria||UK||VII||Takodana||Lakeside setting of Maz Kanata's Castle on Takodana; some Lakeland Fells in the background are altered with CGI|
|Thirlmere, Cumbria||UK||VII||Takodana||Low-level X-Wing flight sequences over Takodana; the background was apparently flipped horizontally|
|Puzzlewood, Forest of Dean||UK||VII||Takodana||Forest scenes on the surface of Takodana|
|RAF Greenham Common, Berkshire||UK||VII||D'Qar||Disused missile silos formed the backdrop for the Resistance Base|
|Eyjafjallajökull||Iceland||VII||Starkiller Base||Snow scenes on the surface of Starkiller Base|
|Skellig Michael||Ireland||VII||Ahch-To: Luke's refuge||Final scenes: Rey meeting Luke Skywalker for the first time|
|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. |
|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. |
|Reynisfjara||Iceland||R1||Planet Eadu||A 20-minute drive from Vík í Mýrdal, Reynisfjara served as the setting for the planet Eadu. |
|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. |
|Bovingdon Airfield, Hertfordshire||UK||R1||Scarif||Battle scenes on the surface of Scarif|
|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)|
|Pinewood Studios||UK||R1, VII|
|Shepperton Studios||UK||III, IV||Yavin||Stage H was used for the final awards ceremony at the end of Episode IV|
|Fox Studios, Sydney||Australia||II, III|
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- SP FX: The Empire Strikes Back
- Classic Creatures: Return of the Jedi
- From Star Wars to Jedi: The Making of a Saga
- Empire of Dreams
- Star Wars: The Legacy Revealed
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Film locations of Star Wars.|
|Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Star Wars tourism.|
- Star Wars Locations - fan site devoted to Star Wars filming locations
- Star Wars filming locations category on Wookieepedia
- Filming locations on the Internet Movie Database:
- George Lucas's filming locations on Movie-Locations.com