North Italy will stand in for a galaxy far, far away this year.
Filmmakers have landed in northern Italy to begin shooting the as-yet-untitled Han Solo Star Wars spin-off movie.
The film will be a Western-style adventure following Han Solo, as played by Alden Ehrenreich, and Chewbacca as they smuggle goods across the galaxy before meeting Obi-Wan Kenobi and Luke Skywalker (where the 1977 original movie starts).
The base camp for filming is in the ski town of Misurina, the “pearl of the Dolomites,” according to The Local.
Over the next week, cast and crew will head to the “particularly green” film set at Monte Piana, according to Corriere delle Alpi.
They will shoot panoramas of the impressive Tre Cime, three large dolomite peaks, at sunrise and sunset. Film crew will also shoot battle scenes and a scene in trenches that date back to World War I, located above Cortina d’Ampezzo.
The tourist attraction will be off-limits to anybody besides film crew during shooting. All smartphones and cameras are banned near set.
Star Wars fans will have to wait until May 2018 to see a young Han Solo trek across Italy. However, there are plenty of other Italian shots throughout the series. In “Episode II: Attack of the Clones,” Anakin and Padmé married overlooking Lake Como. In Episode III, the background of lightsaber duel between Obi-Wan and Anakin was shot in front of Mount Etna, which started erupting while film crew were there.