The Star Wars universe has always been home to scores of fantastic planets, and with The Last Jedi just days from hitting theaters, Lucasfilm has released a new featurette that highlights some of the places that we can expect to see on the big screen next week.
Out-of-the-way locations have long been used as set pieces for the numerous universe’s numerous planets, from Tunisia and Abu Dhabi’s deserts to California’s redwood forests to the Hardangerjøkulen Glacier in Finse, Norway. Director Rian Johnson says that when he came onboard the project, “the first conversations you have are always about what makes something feel like Star Wars,” and they travelled around the world and built some incredible sets for the film’s locations.
The Last Jedi has its own variety of new planets. There’s no new reveals here: the planets of Canto Bight, Crait, and Ahch-To have popped up in the film’s two trailers, but each use real world locations to add to the fantastic variety of worlds we’re familiar with in the Star Wars universe. This featurette showcases those real-world locations: Dubrovnik, Croatia stood in for Canto Bight, the salt flats of Salar De Uyuni, Bolivia became Crait, while director Rian Johnson returned to the island of Skellig Michael off the coast of Ireland, which we saw briefly at the end of The Force Awakens.
Producer Ram Bergman notes that they’re working in high and even dangerous places for the various shoots, but in the end, “it’s worth it, because everything is gorgeous.”
Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters on December 15th.