Star Wars Return to Hoth?

March 23, 2014 , ,

Star Wars fans know of the icy cold planet, Hoth.  In the Empire Strikes Back, Han, Luke, Leia and the rebels are on the frozen planet after the Battle of Yavin in A New Hope.


An Imperial probe droid discovered their base, then self-destructed upon being spotted (and shot at) by Han Solo and Chewbacca. The Rebels immediately began preparations to leave, but Darth Vader’s Death Squadron, the 501st legion of the Imperial Army, Blizzard Force, arrived in time to intercept them, forcing the Rebels into a skirmish to cover their escape. Although the Empire won the Battle of Hoth by destroying the Rebel base and capturing many Rebel personnel and equipment, the Rebels didn’t attempt a full-scale defense, but rather worked to stall the Empire’s forces long enough to stage an effective evacuation, and to allow the deletion of compromising information about the whereabouts of the Rebel Fleet. Since the Rebels did evacuate vital leadership, personnel, and equipment, the Empire failed to do more than stall the Rebels’ plans, and the Rebel Fleet remained elusive.

The action on Hoth features prominently in the opening of Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and is one of the Star Wars series’ most memorable sequences.


Hoth is an example of the science fiction stereotype of a planet that has only one climatic zone. However, some Expanded Universe sources show that under-ice caves containing large lichen fields exist on the planet, on which Tauntauns feed.

News is always leaking out about Star Wars VII and one of the latest reports has added Iceland to the list of filming locations for the next film.  According to Icelandic site, the Star Wars crew will be heading for the Scandinavian area this Spring.  This of course is ahead of the main production that is suppose to kick off in May. 

More than likely, we won’t see any of the stars back on the cold scenes, but they can always be green screened in if needed.  The reports stats that Iceland will be used mainly for filming landscape ‘plate shots’.  In Empire, they filmed the scenes in Norway.

As a fan this is exciting, because we maybe able to see what became of the cold planet after the Rebel Alliance left and the Empire invaded.  I remember reading about the original filming and that the camera crew would set up in a doorway of the hotel they stayed in and send Mark or Harrison out in the snow to freeze, while they got the footage needed.  As more news comes out, we will be sure to pass it along.


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