In 2017 Fuerteventura served once again as a location for a Hollywood film. “Solo: A Star Wars Story” was released in German cinemas on May 24, 2018, after celebrating its world premiere on May 10, 2018 in Los Angeles.
On Sunday, November 22nd, 2020, there will now be the free TV premiere of the Hollywood flick at 8:15 p.m. (German time) on ProSieben.
The story of the Star Wars spin-off is about the young Han Solo, who dreams of escaping the poverty of his home planet Corellia together with his childhood sweetheart Qi’ra and of becoming the best pilot in the galaxy.
His adventures take him to the desert planet Savareen, for which Fuerteventura serves as a backdrop. On Savareen there is a refinery in which the untreated raw material coaxium is used to produce fuel for the hyperspace propulsion of spaceships.
Shooting on Fuerteventura began in May 2017 on Fuerteventura. As with other Hollywood super productions, many Fuerteventura residents found well-paid jobs as extras or drivers during the filming.
The film was shot in the “Jable de Jandía” on the west coast of Fuerteventura north of the beach of Cofete. Several Fuerteventura scenes can be recognized in the official two and a half minute trailer for the film alone. (See video below)
Economic importance of film productions for Fuerteventura
According to Fuerteventura’s “Film Commission”, film and television productions spent a total of over 100 million euros on Fuerteventura between 2015 and 2018.
Many small and medium-sized companies and private individuals benefit from the expenses. The services used by manufacturing companies include catering, security, transport and logistics, casting, environmental technicians, accommodation, medical assistance, car rental, rental of power generators and cranes, set construction, etc.
Many private individuals find coveted and for Fuerteventura’s standards well-paid jobs as extras or drivers.
Between 2015 and 2018 7 international and 8 national films were produced on Fuerteventura. International films included Wonder Woman 1984, Han Solo: A Star Wars Story and The Man who Killed Don Quijote.
In addition, there were at least 15 productions of national and international commercials.
In addition to the direct income generated by the productions, Fuerteventura hopes to have an advertising effect as a tourist destination in connection with the productions. After all, there are even a not inconsiderable number of film fans who specifically travel to locations for their favorite films.
Another Hollywood film that was shot in Fuerteventura was the story of Moses “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” by star director Ridley Scott.