Star Wars: The Last Jedi movie locations
Just like we did location hunting in our Star wars Tunisia special, this article will focus on the saga's last installment: The Last Jedi. The exotic planets that come to life in theatres are based on real life locations. Most of the movie was shot in Pinewoord Studio's near London, but many outdoor scenes are filmed on location. Here is an overview.
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Skellig Michael, Ireland as Ahch-To
Lat/Long coordinates 51.771550, -10.542210
The movie starts where The Force Awakens has left us: the ocean planet of Ahch-To, where Rey finds Luke. The remote and isolated location in the Atlantic ocean was just perfect as a refuge for a Jedi who didn't want to be found and lives here as a hermit. (Just as Dagobah was for Yoda and Tatooine for Obi-Wan) The old stone steps and structures give just the perfect atmosphere.
Skellig Michael was uninhabited before a monastery was founded there in the 8th century. The monastic site on the island is on a terraced shelf 600 feet (180 metres) above sea level and consists out of dry-built corbel constructions. A system for collecting and purifying water in cisterns was developed because no fresh water source was available to the monks. It has been estimated that no more than twelve monks and an abbot lived here at any one time. The steps we see in the films were also carved out by the monks. After the Middle Ages the site was abandoned again and became recently a Unesco World heritage site.
Now different tour operators run boat trips to Skellig Michael during the summer season (May to October). For safety reasons, because the steps up to the monastery are rocky, steep, and old, climbs are not permitted during very wet or windy weather.
Skellig Michael, a perfect hideout
Ceann Sibeal, Ireland as ancient Jedi temple
Lat/Long coordinates 52.179301, -10.445073
Ceann Sibeal is a well known golf court on the Dingle Peninsula in western Ireland. Now it is the location of the old Jedi temple where Luke begins Rey's training in the ways of the force. The rugged coastline and a lush, green scenery blend in with Skellig Michael (not so far away from Ceann Sibeal) as ocean world Ahch-To.
Ceann Michael, from golf court to Jedi training grounds
Dubrovnik, Croatia as casino city Canto Bight
Lat/Long coordinates 42.641327, 18.109114
The city of Dubrovnik was already famous by starring as King's Landing in Game of Thrones. Now it welcomes the franchise as casino city Canto Bight. Stradun, the city's main street received a makeover in the typical Star Wars style and was closed for public for almost 2 weeks during filming. The medieval architecture pimped with future tech and actors dressed up in formal clothing gives it a sort of Monaco feeling, but this time in another Galaxy.
Dubrovnik in another galaxy
Bonneville Salt Flats, USA as Crait
Lat/Long coordinates 40.578008, -113.593254
The salt flats serve as remote mineral mining planet Crait, location of a former Rebel base, and now a gem mining operation of the resistance. Despite there being lava on the planet, it should not be a Mustafar surrogate. Instead, there are “giant rock formations” from which lava leaks through placed around the salt flat.
Looming on the horizon you can see some AT-AT-esque walkers. These are a much bigger version than the ones we've seen on-screen previously though, described as 'gorilla walkers' and known officially as AT-4Xs. There appears to be a lot of them too, meaning this should be a big battle scene. The resistance will try to counter the walkers with B-wings, while carving into the planet surface to create the red smoke seen in the trailer, possibly to create a smoke screen to avoid targeting by the walkers.
The Bonneville Salt Flats host a spectacular battle