Star Wars Episode 7 Rumors: Filming for Episode VII to Take Place in Iceland?

March 21, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

Iceland could be the backdrop for an alien world for the upcoming Star Wars Episode VII.

Icelandic website reports that a production crew for Episode 7 will visit the country in April to take “plate shots,” which are primarily used as stand-in backgrounds for scenes shot elsewhere.

Icelandic plate shots were used in “Star Trek: Into Darkness,” for instance.

A film crew for Star Wars previously visited Iceland and spent a week surveying locations. 

There’s also a possibility of on-location filming in Iceland.

Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, has said before that Episode VII will feature many on-location shoots.

“We’re looking at what the early Star Wars films did; they used real locations with special effects,” she said last year. “So we’re going to find some very cool locations, we’re going to end up using every single tool in the toolbox.” 

Other films that have shot in Iceland over the past years include “Noah,” and “Thor.”

Filming for Episode VII, one of the most highly anticipated movies of the next several years, is set to begin in May.

The movie will hit theaters in December 2015, with future Star Wars films, including spin-offs, being released every year thereafter.



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