Filming Locations Guide: Where was Rogue One filmed?

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The first of the new three spin-off Star Wars movies traveled to amazing real locations situated all around this side of the galaxy.

Rogue One was filmed on the southern coast of Iceland, the desert in Jordan, the studios in England, and a fabulous paradise-like destination in the Maldives.

Rogue One poster

This Lucasfilm production follows the adventures of a group of rebels, starring Felicity Jones and Diego Luna.

The action, packed with stunning scenery and epic battles, takes place after the events of the Revenge of the Sith, and before the original Star Wars IV episode.

We are spoiler-free as usual, and -of course- we don't have any clue about the fate of the Death Star that appears in the movie.

Here is our guide to the filming locations of Rogue One.

Where was Rogue One filmed
We start in Iceland, looking at this beautiful shot filmed for the opening scene on planet Eadu.
Image by courtesy of Lucasfilm

Rogue One Filming Locations
This is the out-of-this-world plain and windy landscape, east of the small town of Vík, in the south of the island.
Image by courtesy of Lucasfilm

Planet Eadu
Reynisfjara and Mýrdalssandur beach was the bed of a huge glacier during the last ice age.

I would like to thank again the inventor of the copy-pasting option, for all the help when having to name the mountains Hafursey (pictured) and Hjörleifshöfði.
Image by Austin Matherne

Stormtroopers tropical Island
But in terms of visuals, we reckon that this new Star Wars story is going to be noted for bringing a commando of Stormtroopers landing on a tropical beach.

Laamu Atoll in the Maldives
The shooting was carried on in the Laamu Atoll in the Maldives, around Berasdhoo Island, and Laamu Gan (that look more or less like this alluring picture from Atoll Addu, also in the Maldives.
Image by Hussain Didi

Planet Scarif
The Maldives is doubling as the wonderful planet Scarif, where a massive battle scene takes place.
Image by courtesy of Lucasfilm

Soundstage shoot
Some of the sequences from Scarif were filmed at Elstree Studios and at the former RAF Bovingdon Airfield in Hertfordshire, England.

The first image is from the movie and the one below, of the same explosion, from the making of.

Bovingdon also served as a filming location for Justice League, 1917, and Good Omens among many other productions.

Spacecraft filmed in London underground
An easy spot to be visited for the fans is the Canary Wharf Tube Station in London, where some scenes for an Imperial base or an evil spacecraft were filmed.
Image by courtesy of Lucasfilm and Sunil060902

Star Wars in Canary Wharf
The scene was filmed on location during the hours when the line is closed to the public, from midnight to 4 am.
Image by courtesy of Lucasfilm and Tiago Miranda

Planet Jedha
What would it be a Star Wars film without a Tatooine-like dusty desertic planet? That brings us to Jordan.
Image by courtesy of Lucasfilm

Wadi Rum desert landscape
The hills of Wadi Rum valley have seen many big productions shot here including The Martian or Prometheus.

Also, this is one of the key filming locations where Dune, the new 2021 movie directed by Denis Villeneuve was recorded.
Image by Dougie O'Brien

Actor in Jedha Planet
This new planet called Jedha has been described as the Mecca or the Jerusalem of Star Wars, a pilgrimage place for believers in the Force.

Many other scenes located on this planet have been filmed in Pinewood Studios, near London.

You can also check out the filming locations of the new Apple+ and Lucasfilm series in our new report: Where was The Mandalorian filmed?

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