The first six Star Wars movies were filmed around the world, but where?

The first six Star Wars movies were filmed around the world, but where?

With production on Star Wars Episode VII ramping up, and news of location filming starting to come out, it has naturally led to some confusion online as to where they filmed the various planets from the first six Star Wars movies. So in an effort to clarify some of this confusion, here are the main locations that were used to create each planet of the original Star Wars films:

Tatooine – Tunisia, California, and Arizona

Standing sets, such as the Lars Homestead are in Tunisia, Africa

Standing sets, such as the Lars Homestead are in Tunisia, Africa

The rocky parts of Tatooine were in Death Valley, CA.

The rocky parts of Tatooine were in Death Valley, CA.

The Dune Sea, where the Sail Barge was filmed, was in Buttercup Valley outside of Yuma, AZ

The Dune Sea, where the Sail Barge was filmed, was in Buttercup Valley outside of Yuma, AZ

The central planet to the Skywalker saga was filmed in three key desert locations. Despite rumors to the contrary, no Star Wars movie was ever filmed in Morocco or New Mexico. For most of A New Hope and all of The Phantom Menace, Tatooine was in Tunisia. Return of the Jedi (as well as A New Hope) used Death Valley in California and an area called Buttercup Valley, which is right outside of Yuma Arizona.

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