The Canary Islands is one of the most preferred locations for cinematographic production companies both nationally and internationally. The great variety of landscapes and natural scenarios in each one of the islands is one of the main appealing characteristics for cinematographic productions to be filmed in the Canary Islands. This allows for the recreation of scenes in truly diverse locations separated just by a few kilometers.
In this post, we offer a list of 8 famous Hollywood movies which were filmed in the Canary Islands. Also, you will know the exact filming locations that captivated these super-productions and turned into a stage for these feature films.
1. Fast and Furious 6 (2013)
Most of the exteriors used for the worldwide known sixth installment of the saga Fast and Furious were filmed in Tenerife. The film, starring Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Paul Walker and Elsa Pataky has, as the stage for one of its main action scenes, the Anillo Insular a highway situated in the South of Tenerife that did not have to be closed to the public because the construction had not been finished yet at the time of shooting. The director of the film found there a “new highway to destroy” with blistering races that included tanks, and bridges being blown up.
Other scenes from the feature film were shot in the North of Tenerife, more specifically the tunnel of Punta de Teno and the village of Garachico.
2. Clash of the Titans (2010) and Wrath of the Titans (2012)
Clash of the Titans, starring Sam Worthing, Liam Neeson and Gemma Arterton was almost entirely filmed in Tenerife. 80% of the film was shot in locations in the North and Centre of the Island. In some scenes you will see some parts of Punta de Teno, Barranco de Masca and Teide National Park.
The producers were so happy with the results of filming in the Canary Islands that they decided to come back for the second film: Wrath of the Titans. According to one of the producers, Basel Iwanyk “we needed mountains, deserts, oceans and a jungle. We went back to the Canary Islands because we had it all there”.
3. Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014)
Exodus, starring Christian Bale, María Valverde and Joel Edferton, was filmed in six weeks in the island of Fuerteventura. The plot is set in Egypt but it was filmed in the natural parks of Dunas de Corralejo and Jandía; El Cotillo, in the East Coast, Barranco del Mal Paso and the kilometric Cofete Beach.
4. In the Heart of the Sea (2015)
It is not the first time that Moby Dick occupies the Canary Islands waters, because the first film produced by John Huston (1956) was shot in the Canary Islands. In the Heart of the Sea is a new cinematographic version of Moby Dick with a star cast with actors such as Chris Hemsworth, Tom Holland and Cillian Murphy. This time, La Gomera offered her Tapahuga Beach for the impressive whale to submerge the English whaler, Essex.
Some wild landscapes of Lanzarote also worked as localizations to film in the Canary Islands for this major Hollywood production.
5. Jason Bourne (2016)
The last movie of the Bourne series premiered in 2016. Starring Matt Damon and Tom Lee Jones, the plot is set in Greece, although it was really filmed in Tenerife, more specifically in the streets of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Also, one of the main fights in the film takes place in the municipality of Güimar.
“Tenerife has the great advantage of having many locations on the same island” explains Gregory Goodman, one of the producers of the film. “It’s really amazing. We filmed the Beirut scene on a sidewalk, right next to the place where we had shot the scene of Athens but the two places did not look alike. We had the feeling that we were in Beirut, on the other side of the world”.
6. Allied (2010)
Starring Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard, this film has both action and a bit of a romantic touch. It was filmed in Gran Canaria but set in North Africa in the 40s. A part of this story is set in the Moroccan city of Casablanca, which was recreated in a part of the old city in the neighborhood of Vegueta and algo in the Dunes of Maspalomas.
7. Rambo: Last Blood (2019)
The fifth and last of these famous films from the saga Rambo, starring Sylvester Stallone, situated part of the filming set in the island of Tenerife. Locations such as Santa Ursula, Teide National Park, Los Gladiolos and El Rosario were used to recreate parts of Arizona and Mexico.
8. Solo: A Star Wars Story (2014)
Starring Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson and Emilia Clarke, Solo is one of the movies created inside of the Star Wars Universe. One of the main scenarios of the feature film is in the desert, which was recreated in the dunes of Matorral Beach in the municipality of Pajara in Fuerteventura.
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