May the Fourth Be with You!

Are you excited about the new Star Wars Episode 7 movie, The Force Awakens? The movie is scheduled for release in mid-December of 2015, just in time for the holidays. So why are we talking about this movie now? According to director J.J. Abrams, cinematographers began filming in Iceland early this month. Plus, do we need to remind you? It’s officially Star Wars Day! 

Speaking of filming locations, did you ever wonder about the filming locations for the classic Star Wars epics? Some of them have been especially fascinating. Not to mention “far, far away”! Enjoy this beautiful fourth of May!

sw1Above: Mt. Etna — Lava planet Mustafar was created through a mix of techniques: a set featuring a flowing lava river, CGI enhancements, and footage of Mount Edna’s eruption, which occurred at the same time the film was being made.


sw2Above: Ksar Ouled Soltane, near the city of Tataouine, Tunisia — George Lucas actually borrowed from the name of this town to create the fictional planet Tattooine.


sw4Above: Villa del Balbianello, Italy — This was a beautiful backdrop to Anakin and Padme’s wedding scene. The building was altered using CGI.


sw3Above: Death Valley, California — Several Tattooine scenes were shot in this location.


sw5Above: The Redwood National Park —  Remember the scenes set in the forest moon Endor? Those were all filmed in the Redwood National Park, which was basically George Lucas’ backyard.

The movie events in The Force Awakens were projected to occur 30 years after The Return of the Jedi and will be shot in various locations: Iceland, Abu Dhabi, and England. The much-hyped movie trailer was viewed over 88 million times within the first release date. Wanna see what the fuss is all about? Check it out here!


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