Icelandic landscape and nature plays a big part in the new film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. As seen in the opening scene in Trailer #2 . The Icelandic shooting took place in September 2015 and was kept a big secret. Soon though the news spread to the media who featured the story.
According to the media at that time the shooting took place by the mountains Hjörleifshöfði and Hafursey. East of the village of Vík in South Iceland. By walking on top of Hjörleifshöfði you will have a magnificent view over the black sand beach Mýrdalssandur. You can also see over to Vestmannaeyjar (Westman islands) and surrounding area. These places are well known in Iceland for their unique landscape and it’s easy to see why the filmmakers chose them as a film location for another world.
One of many movies
This is not the first movie to be shot on this location. Noah (2014) directed by Darren Aronofsky was also partly filmed there. Rogue One is also not the first Star Wars movie to be shoot in Iceland. Scenes in Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015) were shoot close to Eyjafjallajökull glacier. The volcano that stopped all air travel in 2010.
Some other well known movies or TV shows that have been shot in Iceland because of the unique landscape or black sand beaches are: Oblivion (2013), Prometheus (2012), Star Trek Into Darkness (2013), Thor: The Dark World (2013) and Game of Thrones.
The biggest star
Among the stars that came to Iceland during the shooting was the Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen who is a well known figure in Iceland. In the film he plays Galen Erso a human male scientist who lived during the reign of the Galactic Empire. Galen Erso is the father of Jyn Erso. Mikkelsen has starred in a lot of Danish and international projects. He has been part of TV shows and films that have had a big success in Iceland.
According to /Film most of the Icelandic scenes in the film seem to be related to flashback sequences involving a young Jyn Erso and her father. But we will find out soon enough when the film premiers in December 2016.
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