The Star Wars crew 'needed to find somwhere from another time and place' and when they were allowed film on UNESCO World Heritage site Skellig Michael, J.J.Abrams, director of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, said "I can't believe they let us shoot there. It was so beautiful".
When J.J.Abrams first saw a picture of the Skellig islands, forwarded from an email from Rick Carter, he said he loved it.
The director and members of his crew speak about the reasons behind why Skellig Michael was the perfect fit.
Supervising Location Manager Martin Joy said it is "an extraordinary place" and "it fed into our Star Wars universe".
The crew knew that they needed an 'authentic' and 'realistic' setting as 'places matter' in Star Wars films.
Skellig Michael, also known as Great Skellig, is an island of the coast of County Kerry, west of the Iveragh Peninsula. Famous for the monastic beehive huts, the site is believed to have been first occupied by Saint Fionán in the 6th century, although the first historic reference is from the 8th century with the island abandoned in the 12th or 13th century.
In addition to the historical background, the islands also boast some of the largest collections of manx sheerwater and puffins in the world.
Check out the director and crew talking about why they chose the island for a significant section of the film.