I think you might have noticed how many times I describe the scenery in Jordan as out of this world? I’m not the only one! In fact, many movies have been filmed in Jordan, and some of them indeed depict a world outside our planet! Here are some examples:
The obvious ones
Friend of action?
Even though the movie is telling a story based in Iraq, The Hurt Locker (2008) was filmed in Jordan, though only couple of kilometers from the Iraqi border. Another action-thriller film shot in Jordan is Zero Dark Thirty (2012), in which Amman played the part of Islamabad (Pakistan).
Or how about scenes from other planets?
The Martian (2015) is not the first film where Wadi Rum is playing the part of Mars. And no wonder, the pinkish red sand and the rocky mountains really give you a feeling of being on a different planet. You can now also stay in a desert camp which was built to look like a space camp in Mars, with the domed tents and all. Pretty spectacular.
While the Force Awakens (2015) was filmed in Abu Dhabi, Rogue One (2016) had some scenes shot in Wadi Rum. And some might know Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009), which was filmed in Petra, as well as in Wadi Rum and Salt. And another sci-fi film Prometheus (2012), which was shot in Wadi Rum.