How ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Used a Remote Island in Ireland for a Pivotal Scene

If you’ve seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens, you’ll know exactly which scene was shot at the beautiful Skellig Michael, part of the remote Skellig Islands off the coast of Ireland.

We won’t spoil anything here if you haven’t watched the film yet, but it’s a pretty pivotal scene near the end of the film. Originally the site of a Christian monastery over a thousand years ago, Skellig Michael was a perfect fit for Star Wars based on its look, a location that felt alien and grounded at the same time. In this video from Discover Ireland, we get a little behind the scenes on this location and why J.J. Abrams and the team decided it would work for the film:

 

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