How Abu Dhabi became the Planet Jakku for ‘The Force Awakens’
December 23, 2015

The UAE capital served as the setting for the much-anticipated movie

As Star Wars: The Force Awakens continue to break box-office records all over the world, many are still in awe that the movie was shot with as few special effects shots as possible.

With the protagonist Rey living on the desert planet of Jakku (similar to Tatooine where Luke Skywalker was from), the producers needed to find the most authentic looking place available.

The place turned out to be Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE. With help from local entities including the Abu Dhabi Film Commission and twofour54, they’ve managed to deliver the most genuine setting for one of the movie’s most iconic scenes.

Check out the video below courtesy of twofour54 and see how Abu Dhabi became the Planet Jakku.

May the Force be with you.

by Victor Philip Ortiz
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff. Passionate for all things tech - you’ll normally find him tinkering with the latest gadgets and computer peripherals. He is an avid collector of Blu-ray discs and occasionally plays on his Xbox.
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