Could Star Wars 7 be heading to Iceland?

Could Star Wars 7 be heading to Iceland?

As news of the highly-anticipated Star Wars 7 movie continues to leak, recent reports have indicated that Iceland could be among the filming locations.

An Icelandic website has claimed the crew are set to travel to the North Atlantic nation in April before the main production starts in May. However, the news may not be as exciting as many Icelanders may think, with reports suggesting stars such as Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill will not be visiting the country, rather the production team plans to use it for landscape shots.

The site, visir.is, said producers have earmarked Iceland as a location where “landscape plate shots” can be taken and later used for scenery. The report has, however, sparked talk that the last Star Wars could be partly set on Hoth, the ice planet.

Directed by JJ Abrams, Star Wars Episode 7 will be mostly filmed at Pinewood Studios, and is set for release on 15 December, 2015. It will be set three decades after the Return of the Jedi, which premiered in 1983.

A recent announcement revealed that three new young leads will be cast alongside some of the familiar faces from previous editions. Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher have been among the names rumoured to be returning. Other possible cast members include Girls star Adam Driver and Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’0.