New Episode VIII Casting Call Reveals Star Wars is Going Back to Iceland!

lake-myvatn-iceland_63607_990x742New casting call for fully paid extras, featured background performers, photo-doubles and stand-ins has been announced by Disney for Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: Episode VIII. One particularly interesting bit of info from the casting call is that there are still available slots for the London and Iceland locations, pretty much confirming that Star Wars will be going back to Iceland once again.


This report comes from the site TheBitBag. According to them slots are now open for those who want to become a part of the extras for Star Wars: Episode VIII. It has been reported that Disney is in need of fully paid extras, featured background performers, photo-doubles and stand-ins. You must be eligible to work in an entertainment industry in London to apply.

Those who are interested can sign up at the Casting Collective with the following details:

Casting Collective
109-111 Farringdon Road
London EC1R 3BW
United Kingdom.


Also there is an opening for speaking roles for the film, those who are interested can send their resumes to:

Star Wars Episode VIII
Mary Vernieu
Betty Mae Casting
13375 Beach Ave.
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

Star Wars Episode VIII
Nina Gold Casting
117 Chevening Road
London NW6 6DU
United Kingdom


And for those who are experienced film crew members and production staff, there are still available slots for the London and Iceland locations, they can send their resumes to this email: It is reminded that no submissions for actors or extras are allowed on this email.


I am not familiar with this site, but if you go to the official Casting Collective site, you will notice that there is indeed an urgent casting call looking for:

Icelandic, Scandinavian and Nordic men and women wanted for major new feature film filming from April 2016. We are specifically looking for Icelandic Speakers so please list here the languages you speak. You must have a UK National Insurance number and be over 16 years of age and live in London or surrounding area.




As we know Episode VIII will be filming in Dubrovnik from March 9th. Also months ago it was revealed that Rian Johnson and crew will return in April to Kerry, Ireland to film some scenes probably with Mark and Daisy and their adventures on the planet Ahch-to. Now it appears that they will have to fit another international filming location in April.


Filming in April in Iceland is not surprising at all. The Force Awakens crew did the same thing twice. First they filmed in April 2014 there and had a slight helicopter incident. Then again in April but 2015 they did some re-shoots in Iceland. Also Rogue One filmed in Iceland last September. So as you see, Iceland has become an important part from Star Wars. It would be interesting to see if the Episode VIII filming there will be brief as it was for TFA. The scenes shot in Iceland can be seen as backgrounds during the final battle on Starkiller base. What could it be this time? More background shots for a new planet or a more important location with bigger screentime in the movie? What do you think?



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33 thoughts on “New Episode VIII Casting Call Reveals Star Wars is Going Back to Iceland!

  • February 23, 2016 at 10:09 pm

    The Hype, it’s calling to you.
    Just let it in.

  • February 23, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    Iceland was used in really many great films to depict alien worlds, my favourite feature of iceland is in Oblivion.

    • February 23, 2016 at 10:45 pm

      Yeah, I love Oblivion. I hope they use Iceland for more than just background scenes. Such a waste otherwise. If they’re looking for Icelandic speaking people then maybe the chances are even that bit higher.

  • February 23, 2016 at 10:21 pm

    I get the feeling that some of the locations could be used as sites for ancient Jedi temples that were destroyed by the Empire. The Iceland craters seem to support a bombardment, but that may not be used at all.

    • February 23, 2016 at 10:36 pm

      or maybe snoke’s hideout. darken the sky and it could make a cool sith world. 🙂

  • February 23, 2016 at 10:34 pm

    wow, forget the movie, now i want to vacation there. 🙂

    • February 24, 2016 at 7:01 am

      — shotgun!

  • February 23, 2016 at 10:58 pm

    Loving these locations…

  • February 23, 2016 at 11:03 pm

    Which parts of TFA were filmed in Iceland?

    • February 23, 2016 at 11:27 pm

      I don’t think TFA was filmed in Iceland. Rogue One was, as I understand, on location in close proximity to an Icelandic volcano.

      • February 23, 2016 at 11:41 pm

        “The scenes shot in Iceland can be seen as backgrounds during the final battle on Starkiller base.”

        – The Article

    • February 23, 2016 at 11:42 pm

      The gold texts in our articles are active links. Clicking on them will give you the answer. 😉

  • February 23, 2016 at 11:10 pm

    Damn, I’m nordic looking. Too bad they’re only casting out of the London area.

  • February 24, 2016 at 12:11 am

    Looks like training day for Rey.

    • February 24, 2016 at 1:37 am

      “snoke ain’t got nothing on me!” 😉

  • February 24, 2016 at 4:04 am

    Weird departure from highly secretive to advertising like you’re hiring
    for some burger flipper at Wendy’s. Is it me, or does this seem fake? I
    know nothing about how these things work so I may very well be wrong in
    my suspicious feeling toward this.

  • February 24, 2016 at 6:26 am

    Still hate the planet name, Hope they change it like they have with names in the EU. I hope they go to new locations at the least since Iceland is quickly becoming the Canada/Prague of the 21st century.

    • February 24, 2016 at 12:08 pm

      Sounds like a sneeze.
      I’ll wait till I hear it pronounced till I decide.

      • February 24, 2016 at 2:53 pm

        I didn’t know that sneezes sounded like “aak toe”


        • February 25, 2016 at 3:48 pm

          Depends how you pronounce it.

          • March 2, 2016 at 12:13 am

            The spelling really only allows for one or two ways to pronounce it. “Achoo” is not one of them.

          • March 2, 2016 at 1:21 am

            Does every sneeze come out achoo? No! I simply made a jokey comment that the name sounded like a sneeze, that’s all. I didn’t think anyone would take it seriously.

          • March 2, 2016 at 4:17 am

            Well excuuuse me, princess.

            (I hope you get that reference)

          • March 2, 2016 at 9:57 am

            So long Princess!

      • February 25, 2016 at 2:28 pm

        They mentioned how to pronounce it on here months ago but I figured it was just speculation but I think it be real now. Then again Rey was Kira just a few months before te film came out.

  • February 24, 2016 at 7:00 am

    Why do they need Icelandic-speakers from London?
    What real purpose is there for speaking Icelandic in the film set? they got Icelandic 2nd unit or something?

  • February 24, 2016 at 11:27 am

    Starkiller base 2.

    • February 24, 2016 at 2:21 pm

      Don’t even joke!

    • February 24, 2016 at 3:41 pm

      But this one is gonna be built within a sun and will feed of supernovas.

      But then again, this is Star Wars, not Star Trek, right J.J.?

    • February 25, 2016 at 12:08 am

      Come on, now.

      …That’s for Episode IX.

  • February 24, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    Nice! Iceland always looks good on film. It’s perfect for that other-worldly look.

  • February 24, 2016 at 5:48 pm

    new zealand would be cool too like LOTR

  • February 25, 2016 at 12:30 am

    All of the locations of Episode VIII that we know of so far are Game of Thrones filming locations. All of them! Dubrovnik, Iceland, Ireland and England. It’s a conspiracy!

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