Abu Dhabi was the first filming location for the seventh episode of the global movie franchise
Abu Dhabi-UAE: 19 April, 2015: One of 2015’s most anticipated films “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, which was filmed in Abu Dhabi, released its second teaser last Thursday.
The long teaser, which opens with a scene of a desert landscape in Abu Dhabi’s Western Region and heavily features scenes filmed in the Emirate, received over 34 million views on YouTube since its launch.
Due to premiere in December 2015, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” used the support of twofour54 TV and film services as well as benefiting from the Abu Dhabi Film Commission’s 30 percent rebate and the capital’s diverse filming locations.
Hundreds of crew members worked on the production along with, director J.J. Abrams and the cast who flew to Abu Dhabi in May 2014.
Commenting on filming in Abu Dhabi, Kathleen Kennedy, President of Lucasfilm said: “We were very excited to start the filming of Star Wars: Episode VII in Abu Dhabi – it has been an incredible place to commence this journey.”
Being home to a number of international productions including Universal Pictures’ Fast & Furious 7, the paranormal thriller Deliver us from Evil from Sony Pictures Entertainment and Bollywood feature film Baby, Abu Dhabi was named as a top international filming destination by P3 Update magazine, the only Middle Eastern city to be listed.
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