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Iceland: Stage for Star Wars

A crew filming Star Wars: Rogue One has lately been working by Hjörleifshöfði and Hafursey in South Iceland, according to RÚV. Truenorth, a production service, has been assisting the shooting crew. The service has founded a special production company, Space Bear, to oversee the project.

Þórir N. Kjartansson, landowner by Hjörleifshöfði, says movies have been shot there before, for example Darren Aronofsky’s 2014 film, Noah.

Þórir doesn’t know whether this is indeed a Star Wars film, only that filming has been done in many locations and preparations have been in progress for a long time. The whole project is veiled in secrecy, he reports, routes have been closed to preventing people from photographing shooting locations. Representatives from Trunorth refuse to comment.

Lögbirtingablaðið, a paper which lists new companies, noted this month that Truenorth had founded the production company Space Bear. A subsidiary with the same name was established in the UK a year ago to oversee the production of a film with ties to the Star Wars brand name.

The Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen, who plays one of the main parts in the film, revealed to Ekstra Bladet that some of the filming would take place here. Other actors in the film include Felicity Jones, Diego Luna and Forest Whitaker.

Star Wars: Rogue One is not part of the Star Wars series, but rather a spin-off. It takes place before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope and will be different from the saga films but have elements familiar to the Star Wars universe. The film tells the story of resistance fighters who have united to steal plans for the dreaded Death Star.

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