Abrams and Kennedy Thank the Jordanian Government for Successful Film Shoot

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Kathleen Kennedy and JJ Abrams
Kathleen Kennedy and JJ Abrams

Part of Star Wars Episode IX filming has wrapped, specifically the location shoot in Jordan. J.J. Abrams chose Jordan’s Wadi Rum and Shakriah landscape for part of the film’s shoot.

“Wadi Rum is breathtakingly beautiful and the perfect location for our film,” says Abrams. “I feel extremely fortunate to have been able to shoot in Jordan. Between the warm welcome from the government and the dedication and hard work of the local film professionals, we couldn’t have had a better experience. We are enormously grateful. “

Kathleen Kennedy added, “I also want to thank the Royal Film Commission Jordan, and the Army, whose tremendous support has been invaluable, and helped make this shoot possible.”

As an added perk for filming there, Star Wars Episode IX benefitted from the Jordan Film Incentive Programme, which provides cash rebate on expenses in the Kingdom. From what we know, filming took place in Wadi Rum and Shakriah for three weeks. As to what was filmed there, you can probably find some spoilery information if you searched the Internet hard enough.

“The unique timeless and diverse landscape of Jordan, along with its highly motivated production crews, makes it an ideal destination for filming. Having the latest episode of Star Wars shot here is a true testament to that. As a lifelong fan, it is a great honor! May the force be with you!” – HRH Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein, Chairman of the Board of Commissioners – The Royal Film Commission – Jordan.

We are getting closer and closer to the official wrapping of filming, and a post-production start date.

About Star Wars: Episode IX:

The cast includes Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, and Billie Lourd. Joining the cast of Episode IX are Naomi Ackie, Richard E. Grant, and Keri Russell, who will be joined by veteran Star Wars actors Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Carrie Fisher and Billy Dee Williams, who will reprise his role as Lando Calrissian.

Star Wars: Episode IX will be produced by Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Michelle Rejwan, and executive produced by Callum Greene and Jason McGatlin. The crew includes Dan Mindel (Director of Photography), Rick Carter and Kevin Jenkins (Co-Production Designers), Michael Kaplan (Costume Designer), Neal Scanlan (Creature and Droid FX), Maryann Brandon and Stefan Grube (Editors), Roger Guyett (VFX Supervisor), Tommy Gormley (1st AD), and Victoria Mahoney (2nd Unit Director).

Release is scheduled for December 2019.