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J. J. Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy Discuss Star Wars: Episode IX Filming in Jordan

Discussion in 'SWNN News Feed' started by SWNN Probe, Nov 27, 2018.

  1. SWNN Probe

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    Star Wars: Episode IX director J. J. Abrams and Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy recently shared a few details about the filming process of the saga's highly-anticipated ninth chapter as it relates to the recently-completed leg of filming in Wadi Rum, Jordan.





    Jordan-based local news outlet Roya News recently managed to score an exclusive in the form of a couple of brief comments from both Abrams and Kennedy about the filming process on Episode IX. Abrams immediately issued a statement of how grateful he was to film in this location:

    Kennedy, who is also producing the film, added something of interest to the conversation: apparently, the set for Star Wars Episode IX is so secretive, that it requires Jordan's army to safeguard it!

    Roya News explained that the army's help was requested - and given - for figuring out the logistics of the film shoot. Filming lasted for three weeks, likely indicating that a major set piece was filmed in the location. (The Force Awakens filmed in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates for a similar length of the film's shoot.)



    Star Wars Episode IX will be released on December 20, 2019. Its cast includes Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Billy Dee Williams, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Jimmy Vee, Brian Herring, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, Billie Lourd, Greg Grunberg, Naomi Ackie, Richard E. Grant, Keri Russell, Dominic Monaghan, and Matt Smith. Archive footage of Carrie Fisher will also be utilized.





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    it could be tattooine since the prequels and the ot was shot in that region.
     
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    You're confusing Jordan with Tunisia. :)
     
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    Been reading SWNN for a long time, finally decided to register and participate.

    The location in the article is identified as Wadi Rum in Jordan. It actually has quite a history when it comes to film shoots going back to the epic Lawrence of Arabia. More recently it was used for films like Mission to Mars, Red Planet, Prometheus, Transformers - Revenge of the Fallen and The Martian. Oh, and it was also used for a little film called Rogue One - A Star Wars Story, where it was used for exterior shots of Jedha.

    Wadi Rum is a VERY distinctive location because of the appearance of the eroded mountains that surround it. And as deserts go, it most closely resembles Jedha. The deserts of Tatooine tended to be more flat and sandy around the homestead (Tunisia), with rocky areas being depicted in Death Valley, CA. The Dune Sea sequence of ROTJ was shot in the dunes of Yuma, AZ. The Jakku exteriors from TFA had big dunes that were shot in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
     
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