Disney drove fans wild with the release of the first teaser trailer for “Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi” at Star Wars Celebration in Orlando, FL. Though the trailer doesn’t reveal too much, it does offer fans a glimpse at the themes, events, and characters involved in the new film – plus, the first spoken lines by Mark Hamill, a.k.a. Luke Skywalker, in the new trilogy.
As much as my fan brain was exploding from analyzing the trailer for any clue about plot details and character arcs, my travel brain was captivated by the cinematography and setting, which sent me to the depths of the internet to find all the top filming locations featured in the film. So, without further adieu, here are the filming locations featured in “Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi.”
Skellig Michael, Ireland
Right off the bat we have the return of Skellig Michael, seen at the very end of Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens as Luke’s hermit island. It returns again in the trailer as the training grounds for Rey. Just from the trailer it appears that we’ll be spending more time here, similar to Dagobah in The Empire Strikes Back. Source: Ireland.com
Star Wars – Episode 8 (Set Pictures)
Location: Dubrovnik, Croatia pic.twitter.com/NoklQ2QLiB
— Star Wars Direct (@StarWarsDirect) February 26, 2016
This was revealed early 2016 as crews began designing exterior doors to buildings in Dubrovnik, and it was pretty hard to keep it under-wraps with pedestrians walking by and sharing the progress on twitter. The main focus as been on Stardun Street in the Old Town and just a casual glance at the city reminds me of the color schemes and architecture of places like Coruscant. Though it’s likely a completely new planet and city, the Mediterranean architecture is perfect for a Star Wars film.
So this one is a little tricky. Beyond the two confirmed locations, others are not confirmed yet as we do not have footage or photos to match with any real locals and there haven’t been any confirmed sources of that filming in the following locations. However, that will not stop us from theory crafting.
At the same work was being done on the Dubrovnik set, reports released from Sopitas and Shanghai Daily that scouts were sent to Tlahuac and Iztapalapa in Mexico, particularlying the caves. Whether or not scenes were shot there has yet to be revealed. Source: Makingstarwars.net
Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
From the trailer we get a glimpse of what appears to be a salt flat. There are a handful around the world, but none as famous as the Bonnesville Salt Flat in Utah and the Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia, both of which invoke an alien landscape. Bolivia is the likely suspect due to reports from Star Wars fansite Prensa Imperial, stating that a Star Wars film crew was there. Source: Starwarsnewsnet.com
Beyond 2 confirmed and 2 speculative, we do not know much about filming locations besides Pinewood Studios in England, which was likely the studio’s main base of operation for internal scenes. More details will likely be released once the film reaches its release date and I for one cannot wait.
The film releases on December 15, 2017, staring Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Ada Driver, the late Carrie Fisher, and Oscar Isaac.