Seville has a rich history of Hollywood movies choosing the city as their filming location. What director wouldn´t want strikingly beautiful architecture in their movie? In fact, many films shot in Seville are that of the sci-fi or fantasy genre, suggesting that the settings of Seville are other ´worldly´ and you can´t see them any where else. An example of this would be the 5th film of the Juggernaut franchise ´ Star Wars : Attack of the Clones´ from 2002.
Director Geroge Lucas used the Plaza de España to represent the city Theed on the planet Naboo. Anakin Skywalker and Padame can be seen walking around the stunning building which was constructed in 1928 for the Ibero-American exposition of 1929 which mixes architectural elements of the reinassance revial and moorish style to represent the vast history of Seville.
Left to Right: Padame, R2D2 and Anakin Skywalker.
Below the Plaza de España
In Seville, the Plaza de España is located in the middle of Maria Luisa Park, in the city center. The square has a fountain in the middle, rounded for a small lake where you can hire a paddle boat to splash around. In Star Wars Attack of the Clones, the Plaza de España is mostly used for its long sweeping outdoor corridors which feature lovely large pillars and sand color bricked walls. Here, Anakin and Padame discuss the need for Padame´s work with the Republic as she doubts her own abilities due to her being the youngest ever queen.
The film raked in over 600 million in the box office, making it the 20th highest grossing film of the 2000s. If you´d like to visit the home of Anakin/Darth Vader, then there isn´t a more beautiful place to go than the Plaza de España. You can re-walk their footsteps, and since there hasn´t been much digital manipulation so you can see the exact same shots George Lucas produced.So book a trip down to Seville and experience the science fiction magic of Star Wars!