For Star Wars Day: Ten movies filmed in Scotland
Updated: Jul 24, 2018
By Victoria Masterson
15:09, 4 MAY 2018
Scottish Business Insider magazine www.insider.co.uk
The new Star Wars trilogy will be the latest in a long line of films featuring Scotland
Filming for the sci-fi franchise is scheduled to begin in June 2018 and will introduce a new set of heroes, departing from the Luke Skywalker saga.
Rest and Be Thankful in Argyll has been tipped as a potential site for the £1billion film in the first of a new stand-alone trilogy from The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson.
Scotland's striking backdrops have starred in hundreds of films and TV productions and have helped land accolades including the world's best cinematic destination.
Here is Insider's list of ten top films featuring Scotland.READ MORE
Avengers: Infinity War (2018) - the makers of Marvel's latest Avengers movie were looking for a "unique, gothic and dramatic" location - and felt Edinburgh’s Old Town with its medieval architecture fitted the bill.
Outlander (2014) - Sony Starz' hugely popular historical time travel series, based on US author Diana Gabaldon's novels, is based out of a studio in Cumbernauld and has been filmed at locations around Scotland including Midhope Castle in South Queensferry, Doune Castle in Perthshire, Blackness Castle in West Lothian and Culross and Aberdour Castle in Fife.
World War Z (2013) - The opening sequence of the zombie attack in 'Philadelphia' was filmed in Glasgow's George Square, with Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) and his family, stuck in traffic on Cochrane Street in the city centre and unaware of the impending chaos. The film also visits Grangemouth.
Skyfall (2012) - starring Daniel Craig as 007, Sam Mendes' Skyfall sees Bond return to his Scottish roots in Glencoe. Other movies featuring Scotland's most famous glen include Mel Gibson's Braveheart (1995) and Hitchcock's The 39 Steps (1935).READ MORE
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) - the Isle of Harris in the Southern Hebrides gained a well-earned reputation for being ‘out of this world’ when it doubled for the surface of Jupiter in Stanley Kubrick’s legendary science fiction adventure
Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010) - iconic shots of the Hogwarts Express were filmed at the Glenfinnan Viaduct in the Highlands. Glenfinnan also features in the second and third Harry Potter books, Harry Potter and the Chambers of Secrets (2002) and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004).
Prometheus (2012) - Ridley Scott's prequel to the Alien series is set on a planet light years' away and features the rocky Old Man of Storr on the Isle of Skye. Other films shot on Skye include Steven Spielberg’s BFG, Snow White And The Huntsman and the Gaelic language film Seachd: The Inaccessible Pinnacle.
The Da Vinci Code (2006) - Ron Howard's adaptation of Dan Brown's mystery thriller novel, starring Tom Hanks and Audrey Tautou, famously features Rosslyn Chapel in Midlothian. With its ornate gothic architecture, the 15h century chapel was described by Brown as "the most mysterious and magical chapel on earth."
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) - this Terry Jones & Terry Gilliam classic was filmed extensively in Scotland, despite telling the very English story of King Arthur and his knights. Locations include Glencoe, Perthshire, Rannoch Moor and Castle Stalker (Python's ‘Castle of Aaarrrrgggghhhh’), set on a tidal islet on Loch Laich, an inlet off Loch Linnhe about 25 miles north of Oban.
Hamlet (2012) - Franco Zeffirelli's Shakespearean classic saw Dunnottar Castle in Stonehaven used as a setting. Other features filmed here include Braveheart and Victor Frankenstein(2015), in which Scottish actor James McAvoy joins Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe for a new spin on the Mary Shelley classic.