“Unearthly” Mexico City Locales Potential for Star Wars: Episode VIII Filming!

Crater Volcan Xico – Tlahuac, Mexico


Back in December during the promotion campaign for Star Wars: The Force Awakens in Latin America, Kathleen Kennedy revealed that part of Episode VIII and probably Rogue One will be filmed in Mexico City. Now new details on the possible filming locations emerged on the web.


From ShanghaiDaily:

Star Wars producers scouted “otherworldly” locations in Mexico City for the possible filming of Episode VIII, local media reported Tuesday.


Likely locations in the capital’s southeast include the densely- populated Iztapalapa and the rural Tlahuac, which is quickly becoming urbanized, a staff of Mexico City’s Filming Commission told the Daily Reforma.


“They were interested in types of caves or grottoes that are there. Given their features, they thought they could appear to be another planet,” the staff added.


The sites were also explored by teams from Lucasfilm and Disney at the end of 2015, the daily said.


Definitely some really striking sceneries can be found around Mexico City. Soon we will find out which one will it be. Filming for Episode VIII is expected to start any time now.


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40 thoughts on ““Unearthly” Mexico City Locales Potential for Star Wars: Episode VIII Filming!

  • February 3, 2016 at 10:30 pm

    that first picture with the circular formation of land and water actually DOES look like it could be on another world, it’s AWESOME!!!

  • February 3, 2016 at 10:46 pm

    i like the idea of going back to a more urban setting. you can only do so many desert or ice or forest planets.

    • February 4, 2016 at 6:29 am

      I always imagined what a semi-urbanized Tatooine would look like. More cities, more people, better technology, but still dirty, steeped in poverty, and dangerous. Actually, when I imagined this, I pictured it feeling a lot like modern-day china [this is coming from years of traveling the country]

  • February 3, 2016 at 11:01 pm

    A cave or grotto planet is a great original idea. You don’t see many of those in films like this, Closest we got was Utapau which is similar but not exactly the same.

    • February 4, 2016 at 1:09 am

      A cave world could be cool. Kinda like the Underdark. I’d like to see a city in an unusual location, something different. One atop several mountain peaks for example, or one built into a canyon…or a city in orbit…a city atop a mesa…they can do so much cool stuff..feel like they kinda forgot with TFA

      • February 4, 2016 at 6:17 am

        Definenty. Alderaan was a mountain planet but we only saw two shots of it so I don’t mind seeing another one long as it’s not shot in Switzerland again.

    • February 4, 2016 at 1:37 am

      Are you Steve Jobs?

      • February 4, 2016 at 6:15 am


        • February 4, 2016 at 6:26 am

          Don’t tell them about our new product, the iWampa — compatible with latest iBread technology.

          • February 4, 2016 at 7:02 am

            I want an iRey!!

          • February 4, 2016 at 3:43 pm

            i’d prefer a blue Rey..

          • February 4, 2016 at 11:06 pm

            Oh but the iRey is compatible with the bluRey and the iFinn

          • February 4, 2016 at 4:56 pm

            ew! NO.

          • February 5, 2016 at 9:32 am

            Get in line now!

  • February 3, 2016 at 11:19 pm

    I would like to a world mined for its minerals, stripped of its natural beauty and with people struggling to survive…….kind of a future earth…..

    That or a giant space dock that could accommodate Star Destroyers, some in various stages of being built. Would make a great location for a space battle with star fighters zipping around and between the infrastructures of part built ships.

      • February 4, 2016 at 4:26 pm

        Whoa….That thing looks like a Star Trek Starbase hitting a space meatball at flank speed! Mmmmmmm….meatballs. Yum.

        Dammit, Scotty!!! WE NEED those WARP engines ON-LINE, mister! I WILL have that saucy MEATYNESS for MYself (That’s my virtual Shatner – not bad, eh?)

    • February 4, 2016 at 2:26 am

      your first idea sounds a lot like the planet Jelucan in lost stars. would be cool to see the effects of the empire’s rule on the big screen beyond casual genocide. 🙂

    • February 4, 2016 at 5:01 am

      I want to go to an apocalyptic Mandalore landscape.

  • February 3, 2016 at 11:23 pm

    Has anyone suspected George Lucas the of making fake accounts here? What about J.J.? Seriously, of the thousands of accounts, I’m certain one is JJ’s. Or what about Obama. How do we know Obama doesn’t have a fake account here. I say we should expose everyone.

    • February 3, 2016 at 11:28 pm

      Supposedly Snark Vader is Steve Jobs.

      • February 4, 2016 at 1:36 am

        I would trust you… But then again, you could be Hillary Clinton.

        • February 4, 2016 at 6:22 am

          HEY! you guys talking bad about me behind my back again?

          I suppose it’s time to let go, Hillary, Taylor Swift, Pit Bull, these are only my stage-names… not the REAL me.

      • February 4, 2016 at 4:15 am

        He’s also due for another name change soon, he’s changed his name 2 or 3 times since I first saw him on here

        • February 4, 2016 at 6:18 am

          I did but I kept the aka part so people wouldn’t get confused. I won’t be changing it anytime soon though.

          • February 4, 2016 at 8:51 am

            And so you shouldn’t, your comments bring balance to the section.

          • February 5, 2016 at 9:34 am

            Daww, Someone’s got to during the slow season. This site will probably really pick up again during the summer when the teaser drops.

    • February 4, 2016 at 3:12 am

      No I dont!

    • February 4, 2016 at 4:48 am

      I know a Jedi posting here and people even argue with him about the force, it is hilarious.

    • February 4, 2016 at 6:19 am

      no, Obama would hire someone else to run a secret account…

      • February 4, 2016 at 7:18 am

        And how would you know that? Unless…

      • February 4, 2016 at 10:41 am

        That’d be me. Thanks, Obama.

    • February 4, 2016 at 10:33 am

      Yeah, and I’m not really Pete Jackson.

  • February 4, 2016 at 12:22 am

    Oh, what about the ‘new’ Zika virus ?? Would that scare the LFL production away from the Americas ???

    • February 4, 2016 at 12:51 am

      Right. Because we’re all infected with Zika here in México…smh…

      • February 4, 2016 at 3:34 am

        Don’t be salty, it’s a valid concern.

        • February 4, 2016 at 3:55 am

          No, it isn’t. It’s an uninformed and fearful opinion based on misinformation. México is not Brazil. The risk of contracting the virus in most of the country is about the same as it is in the US now.

          • February 4, 2016 at 4:18 am


    • February 4, 2016 at 2:45 am

      mexico city,the capital, isnt afected by zika virus because the aedes aegypti cant adapt to the altittude.

      • February 4, 2016 at 4:02 am

        they have the same weakness as the US soccer team. 😉

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