The Star Wars franchise has introduced audiences to tons of iconic imagery over the years, including that simple yet effective title card that reads "A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away . . ." Along with new characters and new creatures, the series' latest installment, The Last Jedi, introduces some new locations. Of course, despite looking convincingly otherworldly, none of them are actually in outer space. Wondering what all those different planets look like in real life?
Like The Force Awakens, much of The Last Jedi was filmed at Pinewood Studios in London. Since its opening in 1936, the famed film and television studio has served as a filming location for many other big franchises as well, such as several James Bond films, both Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows movies, and the Hobbit trilogy. Production took place on 125 sets on 14 sound stages, all of which effectively turned Pinewood into epic intergalactic locales and interiors. Take a behind the scenes peek at some of them:
One crucial storyline in the movie took the cast and crew elsewhere. Remember that magnificent island Rey meets Luke on at the end of The Force Awakens, Ahch-To? It makes a return in The Last Jedi, and its real-life counterpart is Skellig Michael, located near the Iveragh Peninsula in County Kerry, Ireland. Filming is said to have taken place in additional locations in Ireland, including Ceann Sibeal, Malin Head, and Brow Head.
More new locations include Dubrovnik, Croatia, as casino city Canto Bight and Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia, as Crait, a Resistance base (and home to those crystal foxes called Vulptex). So how 'bout it, Star Wars superfans? Ready for a worldwide road trip?