From the deserts of Tunisia to the glaciers of Norway, return to all the real places on our planet that gave birth to those of the Star Wars galaxy.
A desert in the middle of Tunisia, a forest of tall trees in the middle of California, frozen expanses in Norway or even a luxurious Italian palace … Even if they completed their travels using many digital tools to give Living in the Star Wars saga, George Lucas and his successors have often traveled the world in search of atypical environments, likely to correspond to the many planets of their galaxy far, far away. A look back at 10 real places that served as the backdrop for the legendary saga …
It is inside the luxurious and imposing Palace of Caserta, located near Naples in Italy and dating from the 18th century, that George lucas and his team to bring the royal residence of Padmé Amidala to life at the start of The Phantom Menace. As for the exteriors of the city of Theed, as we can see them in Attack of the Clones, they were notably shot in the Plaza de España, in Seville.
The slave quarter of Mos Espa
It is very often in Tunisia that the teams of Star wars to create the desert environments of Tatooïne, home planet of Anakin and Luke Skywalker. In The Phantom Menace, when Qui-Gon Jinn, Padmé Amidala and Jar Jar Binks are welcomed into the modest home of the future Darth Vader, nestled in the slave quarter of Mos Espa, the atypical houses with rounded roofs that can be seen on the screen belong to the village of Ksar Hadada, located in the region of … Tataouine. Something to inspire George lucas to invent the name of his fictional planet.
If you want to treat yourself to a romantic getaway in the footsteps of Anakin and Padmé, it is on the shores of Lake Como, in Italy, that you will have to go. Indeed, the romantic sequences between the Senator and the Jedi, in Attack of the Clones, were filmed in Villa Balbianello: a heavenly residence dating from the 18th century which also hosted the Casino Royale team for a few scenes.
The jungles of Kashyyyk
Besieged by the Separatist troops in Revenge of the Sith, the verdant planet of the wookies (from which Chewbacca hails) was created digitally, including using backgrounds filmed in Thailand, in the bay of Phang Nga known for the unusual shape. of its many islets, and in southern China, near the city of Guilin.
While Ewan McGregor (Obi-Wan Kenobi) and Hayden Christensen (Anakin Skywalker) obviously didn’t shoot near an erupting volcano for their final duel in Revenge of the Sith, some members of the film crew took the risk for them. For request of George lucas, as Mount Etna in Sicily woke up during filming, special effects supervisor Roger Guyett went there in order to box some images, used later to digitally compose the shots of this incandescent epilogue.
It is in the Tunisian desert, under a scorching heat to make all the actors sweat profusely and to break all the droids, that George lucas filmed the very first shots of the Star Wars saga, in 1976. Despite difficult weather conditions, C-3PO and R2-D2 took their first steps on Tatooïne by surveying the Great Dune of Nefta, not far from the Sahara .
The ancient temples of Yavin IV
Even though the Rebels are building up almost their entire plan of attack against the Death Star inside their base, at the end of theepisode IV, the few images that let us see the ancestral ruins of Yavin were shot in the ancient Mayan city of Tikal, in Guatemala. A site steeped in history that dates from the 1st century AD, and the ideal setting to add a little change of scenery to the first feature film of the Star Wars saga.
The Frozen Wastes of Hoth
After sweating under the Tunisian sun for A New HopeThe Star Wars crew find themselves shivering in the snow of Norway to shoot the first act of The Empire Strikes Back. It is indeed not far from the city of Ulvik, near the Hardangerjøkulen glacier and in extremely low temperatures that the exterior shots of the inhospitable planet Hoth were filmed, the scene of a formidable battle against the Empire.
The forests of Endor
Beyond the duel between Luke and Vader and the space battle between Rebels and Imperials, the final act of Return of the Jedi is also played out between the gigantic trees of the forest moon of Endor. To create this wild and green environment, populated by adorable Ewoks, the film crew set down their cameras deep in the United States, in Redwood National Park in California.
Luke’s Island on Ahch-To
Hostile and completely cut off from the world, the practically deserted island on which Rey finds Luke at the end of The Force Awakens does indeed exist. Named Skellig Michael and located off the Irish coast, in the archipelago of the Skellig Islands, it is known to have hosted Christian monks in the Middle Ages. The stone structures that can be seen in The Last Jedi were actually built with their own hands.