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.
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".
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
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.
This beach, as you might have guessed from its Nordic name, is in Iceland. And where better to film a storm-stricken and spectacular imaginary planet than in the most other worldly natural country on Earth.
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.