Stunt Doubles Did Reshoots/Pick-Ups for Star Wars: The Force Awakens Last Week in Iceland?

AuroraBorealisBehiOur Cantina member MagnarTheGreat conducted yet another great detective work, this time uncovering that the stunt doubles of several key characters in The Force Awakens did some additional filming last week in Iceland (it’s unclear if it’s for re-shoots or pick-ups).



While we’re not going to go too far into detail to protect the people involved, we do know that the stunt doubles for Harrison Ford, Peter Mayhew, John Boyega, and Daisy Ridley were all present. We’re definitely going to see a scene in the movie with all these characters together.



Here’s a direct quote from MagnarTheGreat (we intentionally didn’t include the names of the stunt doubles):


They did re-shoots in Iceland during the past week. The stunt doubles for Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Chewbacca and Harrison Ford have been said to have been there.


They were described to be there for “re-shoots” by someone working on the film.


Last year I seconded a report that the stunt double for Ridley was in Iceland at the time of the original filming after my own research.



Also here’s an earlier article that filming was imminent from a local news site (


The team that shoot scenes for The Force Awakens in Iceland last year, is expected to return, to catch a few well-selected shots according to sources.


Last year filming took place in Iceland’s lake the Mývatn. On the website IMDB shows that the team shot at the volcano Krafla which takes its name from a volcanic mountain in the highlands close to the crater Viti northeast of the lake.




The mentioned lake Mývatn (image above) is described as:


“Pseudo craters” mark the land surrounding Lake Mývatn in Iceland. The southern part of the lake rests on a lava flow that was emitted 2,000 years ago. The pseudo craters are continually formed as water trapped beneath the Earth’s surface turns to steam and explodes through the layer above .





Also mentioned in the report is the volcano Krafla close to the crater Viti (images above). These filming locations are also listed on IMDb. Although we’re pretty sure that these re-shoots did happen, we can’t confirm if the locations they visited this time are the same from last year.


Are we going to see a volcanic planet in TFA? What do you think? Is that Sullust? Obviously Sullust will be very important in the new Canon. The planet is already featured in the upcoming video game Battlefront and the latest issue of the comic book – Princess Leia.


Also it’s worth mentioning that re-shoots and pick-ups are absolutely normal for movies with such magnitude. So there’s nothing to worry about. And the fact that no actual cast members were present is also reassuring that this was nothing major.


It’s interesting to think about, considering that Iceland was the first location where footage for The Force Awakens was shot – even before principal photography began for the movie itself.


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45 thoughts on “Stunt Doubles Did Reshoots/Pick-Ups for Star Wars: The Force Awakens Last Week in Iceland?

  • April 30, 2015 at 9:31 pm

    So if Han makes it past the desert scene, is it Leia that dies?

    • April 30, 2015 at 10:43 pm

      You obviously have no clue what is happening in this movie. Jakku, the desert planet is where the first act takes place.

      Will there be character deaths there? Sure, no one important though.

      • April 30, 2015 at 10:51 pm

        Well do you Realy know what happens in the movie!!!!

        • May 1, 2015 at 2:30 am

          I don’t need to know the whole movie to figure out the first act takes place on Jakku it’s not rocket science. It’s pretty obviously where this story begins.

          • May 1, 2015 at 3:24 am

            Lol this dude has no idea what is going to happen minus Jakku or whatever its called. Take a chill pill bucko

          • May 1, 2015 at 8:32 pm

            Umm the poster anon was referring to has clearly been reading the rumors and leaks, and that poster’s comments make no sense despite that.

            And as if you’re some kind of insider yourself, retard. Sit your ass down fool.

          • May 1, 2015 at 8:50 pm

            He is a star trek fan 😉

      • May 1, 2015 at 12:30 am

        I forgot you know the whole movie too!

  • April 30, 2015 at 9:35 pm


  • April 30, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    No way is Leia going to die.

    • April 30, 2015 at 9:48 pm

      It does support the thought that Han survives though. Who else could have been executed? Luke has to be the one to pass on his knowledge of the force. Han escapes with Chewie, Finn, and Rey.

      • April 30, 2015 at 9:57 pm

        Popular thought is vicar is executed

        • April 30, 2015 at 10:25 pm

          I’ve never heard of Vicar till you brought up his name. Can’t be that popular.

          • April 30, 2015 at 11:20 pm

            If you truly keep up with rumors, you will know exactly what scene this is. I’m not going to spoil it, so look it up yourself.

          • May 1, 2015 at 12:34 am


      • April 30, 2015 at 10:35 pm

        I can see Luke dying in the story as a Jedi Master taken down by a prospective Padewan (Kylo Ren) who ends up seduced by the dark side. However, a second Padewan (Rey?) could end up continuing to learn from Luke afterwards. Luke can always pass on the knowledge and training in the afterlife as a Jedi spirit. Just like Obi-Wan learned from Qui-Gon and Luke learned from Obi-Wan… It would make sense to carry the torch in this way.

      • May 1, 2015 at 2:32 am

        Yaaaaaa not worth responding to, you make zero sense. Nothing you’re talking about is in context or about this article.

    • April 30, 2015 at 10:31 pm

      Yeah, you’re right. If Poe was sent from the “certain princess” then she is safe elsewhere.

    • May 1, 2015 at 7:47 am

      especially when she hinted she’ll be in episode 8 in that last interview.

  • April 30, 2015 at 10:04 pm

    I dont understand how can only doubles film without the real actors?

    • April 30, 2015 at 10:11 pm

      It may be just for one shot. Few seconds. Big budget movies. The director would love this or that shot.

      • May 1, 2015 at 7:49 am

        let’s hope they don’t blow the budget with reshoots like gore verbinski on Lone Ranger.

    • April 30, 2015 at 10:17 pm

      Distant shots, running scenes, jumping scenes, reshoots from the back.. the list goes on and on.

    • April 30, 2015 at 10:54 pm

      Seeing as how two bodies cannot occupy the same space, I have no idea how you think stunt doubles work in the first place.

    • May 1, 2015 at 1:07 am

      When editing the film together, sometimes the cut is too jarring so you need a second or two of the double doing actions such as:

      a)entering a setting, building or ship
      b)holding or reaching for an object, or what’s known as a ‘chekhov’s gun’
      c)quickly doing a stunt, action or a reaction to something

      or maybe JJ noticed the takes looked silly and the action too fake, or there was something on the set or the props didn’t work like they should, and they never noticed until now

      The reason they just need the doubles is all the important shots with dialogue have been filmed with the actors last year.

  • April 30, 2015 at 10:20 pm

    C3PO is going to get destroyed.NOT Han Solo…why wont anyone listen to me!? :p

    • April 30, 2015 at 11:33 pm

      Did somebody say something?

      • May 1, 2015 at 1:39 pm

        It’s just the wind, dude.

    • May 1, 2015 at 8:27 pm

      Could be right! C3PO moves too slow, and with BB-8 and R2-D2 having ‘big roles’, he’s kinda redundant.

  • April 30, 2015 at 11:32 pm

    i think c3po may get destroyed as he not been in the trailer’s as yet,and that with r2d2 and luke maybe somet to do with that,paying there respects to c3po.

    • May 1, 2015 at 12:32 am

      Or maybe they’re still finishing up all of C-3PO’s lens flares.

  • May 1, 2015 at 12:04 am

    The landscapes are at least deliciously otherwordly, and I hope they make the most of them. Why build sets or construct elaborate CGI backgrounds when nature provides such perfect scenery for free?

    • May 1, 2015 at 12:09 am

      i was just gonna post man are these places beautiful or what? im sure theres still gonna be a lot of cgi for certain things and thats FINE, but all these REAL amazing places theyve shot, with alil effects enhancement to star wars it up… could be a beeeeaaaautiful movie…..

  • May 1, 2015 at 12:57 am

    I don’t see C-3po being destroyed because the numbered saga films are supposed to be told through R2 and threepios eyes. Although the inclusion of another main droid is suspect.

    • May 1, 2015 at 7:50 am

      they never told a Star Wars film through the droids’ pov since 1980. Wake up and realize this is the year 2015.

  • May 1, 2015 at 2:47 am

    We’re doomed! They’ll be no escape for the princess this time.

  • May 1, 2015 at 4:17 am

    Kewel!!! I bet the boys on Star Wars reddit know the answers!!! Lmao

  • May 1, 2015 at 7:28 am

    Iceland is an awesome place, why are all the cool countries in hard-to-reach places?

    • May 1, 2015 at 7:51 am

      I don’t know, the USA is pretty good.

  • May 1, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    It maybe that Han and Chewie will save Finn and Rey from Jakku and thats how they all meet up and that is If they are not related of course. Thay then may fly to the Iceland set mentioned in this piece to meet up with the others…just a thought.

    Maybe Han and Chewie have to go to Jakku to track down the Falcon and that is when they stumble across / save Finn and Rey in trouble…that is how they meet….sorry i’m just thinking out aloud 🙂

  • May 1, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    Start again..wasnt quick enough to edit.

    My thoughts are that Han and Chewie have gone to Jakku to reclaim the Falcon, once they have they stumble across Finn and Rey in trouble. They witness this from above and stop to help Finn and Rey escape from the first order.
    Rey has befriended Finn and she is now deep in trouble with him and tries to help Finn escape. They notice the Falcon which has stopped and run towards it. Han or Chewie ushers them onboard amid a flurry of Tie Fighter fire and they get away. The Tie fighter chase then pursues . (The one we see in the trailers). They outrun the Tie’s and fly to the mentioned planet in this article (Iceland). They meet up with the rest of the gang…or maybe this is where they live.

    Of course this story is only plausible if Rey and Finn are not related to the Skywalker or Solo family. Maybe Poe is Han and Leia son (A certain princess sends her trusted son on a mission)Maybe Poe and Rey fall in love….just a thought. What do you think?

  • May 1, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    Another thought.

    I think the film will open with the imperative space shot. A ship filled with stormtroopers about to attack Jakku , Finn is part of this legion.Finn does not believe in the cause of the First Order or its motivations and tries to go AWOL from the stormtrooper attack.

    Rey helps Finn while he is on the run. Tie fighters spot the pair and attack and they run for cover.

    Instead of Han and Chewie witnessing Rey and Finn in trouble. How about if they have tracked down the Falcon in Jakku. We see the scene “Chewie were home” at the same time all the commotion is going on outside and Rey and Finn run to the Falcon for cover not knowing Chewie and Han are on it.The Falcon’s ramp is down because Han and Chewie have literally just reclaimed it. Finn and Rey reach the ramp and stow away in the Falcon while Han and Chewie come under a barrage of Tie fighter fire not realising why they have been targeted by unknown air strikes.They witness the Tie fighter, it is the first time they have seen a Tie in years.

    “Chewie lets get out of here”

    …the Falcon does’nt start – panic – (like one of them horror movie cliches when the car don’t start) it finally gets going and the Tie fighter chase pursues.The Falcon outruns the Ties. It is not until Han and Chewie get to there home planet (Iceland, where the Solo’s live)that they find Finn and Rey stowing away and take them into custody.(Iceland aerial shot from last week’s pick ups would fit here – maybe a scene when they get off the Falcon) They then not only realise why a Tie fighter is attacking them but through a discussion/ interrorgation with Finn they know that a New first order is array and ready to take over the galaxy, something Finn was not willing to be a part of and that is why he does a runner from the First Order(He is a good guy really)

    Based on discussion/ interrogation and Finn’s information Poe goes on his mission to either track down Luke or to find and reccy the New first order. Han , Chewie and Leia are then thrown into a new adventure after having 30 relativly peaceful years.

    Maybe the blue trim x-wings that Poe flies are some kind of united nations peace keeping squadron and this is what the Solo’s have been doing for the last 30 years, just keeping the peace. This answers the question why Poe can fly an x-wing in peace time. His Mum and Dad (Han and Leia) encouraged him too and to join the peace squadron

    Poe’s wahoooooo’s in the trailer are the exhilaration he feels as he becomes embroiled is his first adrenaline fueled dog fight after years of keeping the peace.The Tie’s spot him on his reccy. He is finally getting to feel the excitement.

    The New Emporer (insert name here)know’s they have resistance either by the Tie’s witnessing the Falcon (revenge for the demise of the second Death Star) or by the AWOL of Finn or by spotting the x-wing squadron reconnaisscance.

    He orders Kylo Renn / Chrome stormtrooper to hunt down Finn and resistance by burning villages etc. Maybe Kylo Renn tracks Finn down to where Luke lives as Luke is protecting him..and then the duel between Luke and Kylo Renn begins.

    I have thought of this purely from the photo’s and trailers we have witnessed and they are only my opinion.

    • May 1, 2015 at 2:40 pm

      BB8 peering around the corner in the Falcon, in the trailer, could be him/her checking out the occupants once he has boarded with Finn and Rey.They see Han and Chewie…so BB8, Rey & Finn stowaway.

      As mentioned previously after the interrogation / discussion BB8 befriends Poe and that is why we see him in Poe’s x-wing.

      In my opinion i think Poe is Han and Leia’s son and will fall in love with Rey whom is not related.

  • May 1, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    where do you take that Leia dies from? I assume she’ll be present as she is in heir to the jedi, or the old EU thrawn, either as a senator to the new republic, but more likely as a “resistance” leader standing on a cruiser’s bridge, or in the greenham common base control room.

  • May 2, 2015 at 9:51 am

    Seems obvious they filmed their now to roughly match how it looked there this time last year when the film. They’re going for a look that is spring, green, but with still patches of snow, especially on the mountains. If they’re filming a lake I’m thinking that the look would good well with the same planet that the trailer X-Wing sequences are one (that apparently was Lakes District UK, but there is a certain similarity…..).
    Oh and could Skellig Michael, cold, barren, northern, be the same planet?

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