Just because the word “ice” is in “Iceland” doesn’t mean that the ice planet Hoth will feature in Star Wars: Episode VII.
After Icelandic website Visir.is reported that a Star Wars crew will be headed to Iceland towards the end of April to shoot “plate shots” (a type of shot used to stand-in as backgrounds for scenes shot elsewhere) there has been plenty of speculation that some of the action in Episode VII will take place on icy, snow-covered Hoth.
Hoth, which featured prominently in the opening scenes of Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, is the site of many iconic Star Wars moments, such as Han Solo cutting open a tauntaun with Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber to keep him warm, and the Battle of Hoth, which takes place on Hoth’s snowy, wide-open plains.
As it is very unlikely to snow in Iceland at the end of April, and the country isn’t exactly ice and snow covered, the theory that Hoth will feature because shots are filmed in Iceland is at best tenuous.
Also, scenes of Hoth in Episode V were shot in Norway.
While director J. J. Abrams shot scenes from Star Trek: Into Darkness in Iceland, the film features no icy worlds.
Analyzing the landscape featured in Into Darkness may provide clues as to what Abrams and the Star Wars crew are looking to shoot in Iceland.