STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Likely Shooting in Iceland; Is the Movie Going Back to Hoth?

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Iceland is a popular shooting location for major films.  It’s played host to Batman Begins, Prometheus, Thor: The Dark World, and many more.  Now it could be a location for Star Wars: Episode VII.  According Icelandic site visir.is [via Metro News], “the crew will be heading for the Scandinavian nation this spring ahead of the main production kicking off in May.”  The site also notes that this filming will mostly be landscape shots, and presumably they’ll be recreated on set with green screen and set design.

Given Iceland’s terrain, there’s some speculation that it could stand-in for the ice planet Hoth, but that’s firmly a rumor at this point.  Hit the jump for a brief recap of what we know about the movie thus far.  Star Wars: Episode VII opens in regular theaters and in IMAX on December 18, 2015.

Last week, we reported that Episode VII will take place 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi, which works out nicely considering that it’s been 31 years since that movie came out, and the new installment will likely feature Luke (Mark Hamill), Leia (Carrie Fisher), and Han Solo (Harrison Ford) along with “a trio of new young leads”.  As far as other casting goes, Adam Driver (Girls) is in talks to play a villain, but every other role is up in the air, although with a May start date, we should expect a deluge of casting news soon.

With the likelihood of Luke, Leia, and Han Solo being major characters, and now Hoth possibly on the table, do you think that they’re hewing too closely to the original trilogy?

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  • Lance

    Hurray! Hoth will become the new Tatooine!

    I really hope we see new places and not rehash places we’ve been. It’s supposed to be a big galaxy, isn’t it?

    • Your name here

      Exactly! New planets pleaseee!

  • Kondorr

    there is snow and winer in other places too you know…. illum would make more sense to visit than insignificant hoth

    • Person

      Is that the lightsaber crystal place from the old Clone Wars show?

      • Kondorr

        It appeared on both shows and in the comics… so it is pretty established already… plus, Luke’s Jedi order should still be rather small and in demand of those crystals…
        It makes sense to go there… Hoth on the other hand… is done… just an ice rock… nothing more…

  • Person

    Iceland actually isn’t super-snowy from what I understand, that’s Greenland (ironic). It’s become a popular spot for movies to shoot, Prometheus did a bunch of photography there, and I think Interstellar did a bit, too. Guess it’s just a popular sci-fi location.

    Hoth was done in Norway or Finland, one of those Nordic countries, when they shot it for Episode V.

    • https://twitter.com/adamhowardcross Adam Cross

      plenty of snow and ice in Iceland during winter and especially at higher altitudes (only have to see scenes from “beyond the wall” in Game of Thrones), it is plenty green in summer though, but even then there is plenty of snow in high places

    • Fiz

      Yeah, Iceland from May onward isn’t exactly going to be a sheet of ice. Given the volcanic nature of the island, it could provide interesting settings for a number of different types of worlds in a SciFi universe.

    • Fiz

      Yeah, Iceland from May onward isn’t exactly going to be a sheet of ice. Given the volcanic nature of the island, it could provide interesting settings for a number of different types of worlds in a SciFi universe.

    • Neven

      True. I believe about 85% of last year’s Oblivion was shot in Iceland as well…

      • Person

        Oh yeah, forgot about that one. Didn’t know about GoT shooting there, either. It looks great in all those movies/show, seems like a great place for a Star Wars location — just probably not Hoth haha

    • 80sRobot

      I am slightly embarrassed we Americans are so ignorant of other countries that we assume the landscape of Iceland could stand in for Hoth based solely on its name. Ugh.

      • dolphin558

        Why should we be intimately aware of the landscape of Iceland? Why should we assume otherwise? Should we have a working knowledge of the terrain of Moldova? Burkina Faso?

  • gar216

    If I’ve learned anything from The Mighty Ducks franchise, its that Greenland is covered in ice and Iceland is very nice.

  • gar216

    If I’ve learned anything from The Mighty Ducks franchise, its that Greenland is covered in ice and Iceland is very nice.

  • jk

    Hope it’s not Hoth. You cannot recreate the magic of that segment from Empire.

  • jk

    Hope it’s not Hoth. You cannot recreate the magic of that segment from Empire.

  • TODDN8R

    I seriously doubt it’s Hoth. I can’t imagine any story reason to return there, unless it’s to retrieve some ret-conned MacGuffin from Empire, in which case we’re in trouble. No, most likely Iceland’s cool landscapes will be used for some other alien planet. I’m pretty sure Norway was actually where they filmed the Hoth sequences for Empire, anyway.

  • TODDN8R

    I seriously doubt it’s Hoth. I can’t imagine any story reason to return there, unless it’s to retrieve some ret-conned MacGuffin from Empire, in which case we’re in trouble. No, most likely Iceland’s cool landscapes will be used for some other alien planet. I’m pretty sure Norway was actually where they filmed the Hoth sequences for Empire, anyway.

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  • Kevin Carter

    I just knew we hadn’t seen the end of the Wampa!!!

  • Kevin Carter

    I just knew we hadn’t seen the end of the Wampa!!!

  • MadamImAdam

    Iceland is green and Greenland is ice.

  • MadamImAdam

    Iceland is green and Greenland is ice.

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  • shakehead

    Lets make stupid connections because the place its rumored to be filming has the word ice in it!

  • alk

    No, no it doesn’t mean a thing. if you wanted to be treated like a journalist, you’d stop speculating like a dumb shit and wait for official news. Now shut the fuck up.

  • brNdon

    My guess is that they are going there to shoot for a green Dantooine.

  • HORSEFLESH

    Iceland isn’t completely covered in ice.

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