A Tunisian town which provided the backdrop for Luke Skywalker’s home in the original Star Wars movie, known today as Star Wars IV: A New Hope, is now a site of unrest as violence has overtaken the surrounding area.
CNN explains what happened to the city of Tataouine, the location where George Lucas filmed the scenes for Skywalker’s home in Mos Espa on the planet Tatooine:
The desert and dun-colored cliffs around the town of Tataouine were once the backdrop for the movie “Star Wars,” much of which was filmed in this neglected corner of Tunisia in 1976. This struggling town on the fringes of the Sahara still draws a few fans of the movie but now finds itself part of a real conflict, as a way-station for jihadists crossing the Libyan border 60 miles to the east.
Last week, a jihadist cell stormed the Bardo Museum in the capital of Tunis, killing 20 tourists and one policeman, the deadliest attack to ever take place on Tunisian soil. News24 reported Tuesday that the leader of the cell was arrested. The news outlet pointed out that two of the terrorists were killed during the attack by authorities, while the other is still at large.
Prior to the museum attack, three men were arrested trying to link up with a jihadist group. The men have since been taken to Tunis for interrogation, according to CNN.
The Hollywood Reporter pointed out the scenes depicting Tatooine in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, set to premiere at the end of this year, were filmed in Abu Dhabi rather than Tataouine because of the unrest in Tunisia.
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