Of all countries in the Middle East, Jordan has inspired Hollywood filmmakers the most. Its rugged terrains, centuries-old history, and ancient charm have captivated the industry, so the country has been the filming spot for many movies. Wadi Rum, the moon-like desert, has managed to catch the attention of producers and directors worldwide. Hence, it has served as an alternative to Mars, battlegrounds, and more in the movies. The locations are not limited to this spectacular attraction but also spread to other places like Petra, Amman, etc., which makes Jordan worth the visit. Want to know which one of your favorite Hollywood films was shot in the country? Keep reading!
Here are 5 Hollywood movies that were filmed in Jordan:
The adventure and science fiction movie, an adaptation of the 1965 classic Sci-Fi novel by Frank Herbert, takes place away from the planet Earth. A noble family becomes a part of a war fought to decide the fate of the desert planet, and its heir is troubled by the visions of an unsettling future. This movie was filmed in the jaw-dropping desert of Wadi Rum, which serves as the newly inherited planet of Arrakis. The red sand and unique rock formations form the perfect backdrop for a movie like this!
If you think Jordan has caught the eye of filmmakers recently, you are wrong. Over 3 decades ago, George Lucas, an American filmmaker, used the Red Rose City of Petra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as The Temple of the Sun in this movie. The cast and crew traveled to Jordan for a day – yes, it only took one day! – to shoot these scenes that garnered viewers’ attention. Indiana Bedouin was in search of the Holy Grail that took his journey through the Valley of the Moon and the Sun Temple. The film has also won the honorary Oscar award!
Sam Witwicky, the main protagonist in the movie, is dragged into the Transformers’ war as the Decepticons target him after he has left Autobots behind to lead a normal life. The applauding movie was a sequel to a 2007 science fiction fantasy and was filmed in the ancient city of Petra, and the desert of Wadi Rum, even though the places have been depicted as Egypt in the movie. The Matrix of Leadership is shown to be hidden in the Tomb of the Primes, and during the series of these scenes, the rocky landscapes of Wadi Rum and Petra come into the picture.
A political drama film revolving around the arrest of a Canadian journalist of Iranian origin was shot in Amman, the capital of Jordan. The city is adorned with a mix of ancient and modern architectural styles. The film was mostly shot in Amman and its suburbs, which were represented as Baghdad. This fictional movie tells the story of journalist Maziar Bahari, who was arrested during the 2009 elections while covering them for Newsweek in Iran and served an imprisonment of 118 days.
An action movie with an element of fantasy, the conclusion of the Skywalker saga, was filmed in the rugged terrains of Wadi Rum. The location was shown as Pasaana, a fictional planet. While Wadi Rum was shown as planet Jeddah in the earlier Star Wars movie Rouge One. This place has been a centerpiece of many movies depicted as several other places on the screen. With love from Star Wars fans, the movie earned around $275 million!
The country has mesmerized not only the explorers for centuries but filmmakers as well. You can see all these film locations by traveling to Jordan with us! From being an inspiration to serving as a shooting location for many films, it is a bucket list travel destination. If you are planning your trip to Jordan, feel free to reach out to us, and our experts will be happy to help!
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