We’ve seen plenty of pictures and video from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens'” shoot in Abu Dhabi, which played home to the desert planet Jakku. But there’s one location that remained a mystery prior to Episode VII’s release — until now. Needless to say, spoiler alert for those that have yet to see “The Force Awakens.”
A new featurette released by Discover Ireland reveals the shooting location of the very last scene in the film. In the featurette, director J.J. Abrams and production designer Rick Carter talk about the importance of finding a real location for the climactic scene, which sees Rey confronting Luke Skywalker on a remote island, and how Skellig Island off the coast of Ireland fit the bill.
“I can’t believe they let us shoot there,” said Abrams. “It was so beautiful.” While the featurette itself doesn’t reveal anything about the scene the crew shot on Skelling Island, it does show off the steps and cliffs that will be familiar to anyone that’s seen the film.
As reported by the Irish Mirror, however, the “Star Wars” production team won’t be returning to Skelling Island for future installments due to “environmental reasons.”
“Migrating birds have more power than any corporation over that isle,” said Jason Ward, editor of fansite MakingStarWars.net. The report notes that Disney and Lucasfilm have not confirmed Ward’s comments.
You can see Skellig Island in the very last shot of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which is on its way to becoming the highest-grossing picture of all-time domestically.