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.
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.
In the expanded Universe Hoth does make several appearances, most notably as a secret fortress that houses and protects Anakin Solo during the height of the war with the Empire. Of course we do not know how much, if any of the Expanded Universe will be relevant with the new films, but as a huge EU fan I hope they stay true to the source material while telling an original tale.
Star Wars: Episode VII opens in regular theaters and in IMAX on December 18, 2015.