Star Wars: the Rogue One filming locations you can actually visit
Posted on 22/12/2016


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With the Star Wars franchise's latest film, 'Rogue One', out in cinemas across 69 different countries already, we thought we'd take a look at some of the locations that made a vision of science fiction become a cinematic reality.

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  • Jedha - Jordan
    Jedha - Jordan

    Jedha is a new planet to the Star Wars franchise, said to be the spiritual home of the Jedi. One of the first civilisations to explore the Force, when we join the story it is under the control of the Galactic Empire. According to Wookieepedia - to George Lucas what Jerusalem is to Jesus Christ - it is "a small desert moon frosted by a permanent winter".

  • Jordan

    Filmed in Jordan's Wadi Rum, while winter here may be cold, it is certainly not 'permanent'. This sublime, stunning place has a scorching summer where its red, almost Martian landscape seems to create a natural kiln. Interspersed with its vast, spectacular assets are moments and monuments of cultural history like the incredible Rose City of Petra, with its mythological beauty.

  • Eadu - Iceland
    Eadu - Iceland

    Another new planet to George Lucas' galaxy, Eadu is the home of Rogue One's heroine Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones). This storm-stricken world was critical to the development of the Death Star's superlaser. To recreate its turbulent environment, Eadu was filmed at Myrdalssandur, pictured, a black sand beach with steep sea stacks and a subpolar oceanic climate.

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  • Scarif - the Maldives
    Scarif - the Maldives

    Our third Rogue One destination is our final new planet, Scarif. The tropical base used by the Empire to construct the Death Star, director Gareth Edwards said the planet's nature and environment came about after the crew noticed how George Lucas had been inspired by every World War II campaign except the Pacific Front.


'Star Wars: Rogue One' has only been out for a matter of days, but has already broken Box Office records with a $155m North American opening weekend. Star Wars is an institution; children across the world ask for lightsabers to poke out of their stockings, 'Wookie' is now a more commonly used tongue than Welsh, and Yoda's syntax has permeated all different types of mainstream culture.

Rogue One: The Trailer

The success of its latest film, then, is hardly surprising given the already astronomical interest. However, one thing most Star Wars fans never quite manage to achieve - short of wearing a Darth Vader outfit to a 'Heros and Villains' party - is to live the world of their favourite characters. While we're not offering you a role in the Galactic Empire, we give you five real-life destinations where you can visit the world that takes you back 'a long time ago, in a galaxy far away'.

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