Star Wars: 10 real places that served as the setting for the saga


From the deserts of Tunisia to the glaciers of Norway, return to all the real places on our planet that gave birth to those of the Star Wars galaxy.

A desert in the middle of Tunisia, a forest of tall trees in the middle of California, frozen expanses in Norway or even a luxurious Italian palace … Even if they completed their travels using many digital tools to give Living in the Star Wars saga, George Lucas and his successors have often traveled the world in search of atypical environments, likely to correspond to the many planets of their galaxy far, far away. A look back at 10 real places that served as the backdrop for the legendary saga …

Theed’s Palace

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It is inside the luxurious and imposing Palace of Caserta, located near Naples in Italy and dating from the 18th century, that George lucas and his team to bring the royal residence of Padmé Amidala to life at the start of The Phantom Menace. As for the exteriors of the city of Theed, as we can see them in Attack of the Clones, they were notably shot in the Plaza de España, in Seville.

The slave quarter of Mos Espa

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It is very often in Tunisia that the teams of Star wars to create the desert environments of Tatooïne, home planet of Anakin and Luke Skywalker. In The Phantom Menace, when Qui-Gon Jinn, Padmé Amidala and Jar Jar Binks are welcomed into the modest home of the future Darth Vader, nestled in the slave quarter of Mos Espa, the atypical houses with rounded roofs that can be seen on the screen belong to the village of Ksar Hadada, located in the region of … Tataouine. Something to inspire George lucas to invent the name of his fictional planet.

Padmé’s villa

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If you want to treat yourself to a romantic getaway in the footsteps of Anakin and Padmé, it is on the shores of Lake Como, in Italy, that you will have to go. Indeed, the romantic sequences between the Senator and the Jedi, in Attack of the Clones, were filmed in Villa Balbianello: a heavenly residence dating from the 18th century which also hosted the Casino Royale team for a few scenes.

The jungles of Kashyyyk

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Besieged by the Separatist troops in Revenge of the Sith, the verdant planet of the wookies (from which Chewbacca hails) was created digitally, including using backgrounds filmed in Thailand, in the bay of Phang Nga known for the unusual shape. of its many islets, and in southern China, near the city of Guilin.

Mustafar lava

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While Ewan McGregor (Obi-Wan Kenobi) and Hayden Christensen (Anakin Skywalker) obviously didn’t shoot near an erupting volcano for their final duel in Revenge of the Sith, some members of the film crew took the risk for them. For request of George lucas, as Mount Etna in Sicily woke up during filming, special effects supervisor Roger Guyett went there in order to box some images, used later to digitally compose the shots of this incandescent epilogue.

Tatooïne dunes

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It is in the Tunisian desert, under a scorching heat to make all the actors sweat profusely and to break all the droids, that George lucas filmed the very first shots of the Star Wars saga, in 1976. Despite difficult weather conditions, C-3PO and R2-D2 took their first steps on Tatooïne by surveying the Great Dune of Nefta, not far from the Sahara .

The ancient temples of Yavin IV

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Even if the Rebels are building almost their entire plan …

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