Updated 15 May 2019
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The Six: Shot in Jordan

The vast desert wilderness and breathtaking archaeological wonders of Jordan are popular film locations and have been spotted in numerous Hollywood blockbusters.

  • ‘Aladdin’

    The soon-to-be-released live-action remake of this 1992 Disney classic featured Wadi Rum in scenes with actors Mena Massoud and Will Smith, who play Aladdin and Genie respectively.

  • ‘Indiana Jones’

    It’s fitting that this iconic treasure hunter, played by Harrison Ford, traverses the archaeological city of Petra, as seen in 1989’s “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.”

  • ‘The Martian’

    Filmed almost entirely in Wadi Rum, this 2015 movie starring Matt Damon portrayed the stunning landscape of the desert destination as the surface of Mars.

  • ‘Transformers’

    The second installment in the robot fantasy series released in 2009, “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,” featured both Wadi Rum and Petra.

  • ‘Star Wars’

    “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” released in 2017, also used Wadi Rum prominently. It depicted the desert as Jedha, a moon that is sought out by pilgrims from across the galaxy who seek spiritual guidance.

  • ‘Zero Dark Thirty’

    Dramatizing the manhunt for Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, director Kathryn Bigelow’s 2012 thriller was partly shot in Amman, portrayed as Islamabad in the movie.