Lonely Planet Writer

See the striking Spanish and Italian locations for the new Star Wars spin-off on Han Solo

Several stunning locations are set to feature in the forthcoming new Star Wars spin-off on Han Solo, which is due for release in 2018. Earlier this month, the cast and crew were spotted filming in northern Italy, and now they are moving on to Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands.

Sunset at Tre Cime di Lavaredo, Dolomites. Image: Kevin Grace
Sunset at Tre Cime di Lavaredo, Dolomites. Image: Kevin Grace

While they were in Italy, much of the action took place in the Dolomite Mountains. The crew’s base camp was set up in the charming ski town of Misurina, which is known as the ‘pearl of the Dolomites. The film will revolve around the earlier life of Han Solo, played by actor Alden Ehrenreich.

Summer morning onLake Misurina in the Dolomites. Image Ruttaphon Poolsawasd
Summer morning on Lake Misurina in the Dolomites. Image Ruttaphon Poolsawasd

The towering Monte Piana was the setting for several key scenes, as were the World War I trenches in the former Tre Sassi Fort located above Cortina d’Ampezzo. It is believed these were used in crucial battle scenes fought on the mountains. An area around Tre Cime, a famous trio of peaks on the border between South Tyrol and Belluno, was cordoned off while the filming took place.

First World War Museum in the former Tre Sassi Fort, Veneto, Dolomites, Image: hwo
First World War Museum in the former Tre Sassi Fort, Veneto, Dolomites, Image: hwo

Filming is due to start soon in Cañada de la Barca on the south of the island of Fuerteventura, and a base camp has already been established there for the 250-strong crew and actors.

Filming for the Star Wars spin-off will take place in Jandia, Fuerteventura. Image: Westend61
Filming for the Star Wars spin-off will take place in Jandia, Fuerteventura. Image: Westend61

The filming will take place on the peninsula of Jandía, and local papers have reported that areas of the popular natural park there have been completely shut off for filming.

Playa de Sotavento de Jandia, Fuerteventura, Image: Thomas Stankiewicz
Playa de Sotavento de Jandia, Fuerteventura, Image: Thomas Stankiewicz

Aerial photos have already emerged of a set in place in the arid landscape of sand dunes on the island. It all looks most exciting, but we fans will have to wait until the release of the film in May 2018 to see the finished result.