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The magic of the movies is a very special thing. Sometimes it can reveal the incredible secrets behind the making of the saga – for instance, the amazing StageCraft technology used on The Mandalorian – and other times it can uncover the mundane. In this instance it’s the latter as our friends at Ziro.hu chat with The Rise of Skywalker Base 3rd Assistant Director Csilla Tornallyay who reveals Mark Hamill’s final shots as Luke Skywalker were filmed in an unlikely location.

Recently she told Ziro.hu that when she saw the last scenes of Luke Skywalker, they were familiar to her. This part of the story takes place in Ahch-To, a planet which was shot in Skellig Michael beforehand. But parts of this scene wasn’t shot on that Irish island.

It was shot in a parking lot Shepperton Studios, half an hour from Pinewood Studios.

According to Csilla Tornallyay, they needed to record the scene at 5 AM to have the required light conditions. Mark Hamill – who was transported at some parts of the production in a golf cart by Csilla – sat on an apple basket in a secluded parking lot. And they shot while he was playing his last scene in the Skywalker saga.

From what we understand, the scenes referred to here were pick-ups, filmed at Shepperton. The original scene was shot at Pinewood on the back lot with the full Ahch-To set, the levitating X-Wing suspended on a crane with water gushing out, Porgs and Kylo Ren’s burning TIE Fighter.

From the sandy wastes of Tunisia to a car park just outside of London – there’s the glamour of Hollywood right there.

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STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER [Blu-ray]
  • Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver (Actors)
  • J.J. Abrams (Director) - Derek Connolly (Writer)
  • Spanish, English (Subtitles)
  • Audience Rating: PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)