The stunning landscape of Jordan’s Wadi Rum hit the big screen on the 30th September 2015 as action adventure movie THE MARTIAN lands in cinemas across the country.
Featuring Hollywood star Matt Damon as a man on a mission to Mars, The Martian, directed by Ridley Scott, was filmed on location in March 2015 and Jordan’s majestic landscape rolling deserts, pink sandstone cliffs and narrow valleys play backdrop to scenes throughout the film. Wadi Rum is a valley located in the south of Jordan and cut into the sandstone and granite rock and is a collection of narrow canyons and fissures cut deep into the mountains spanning 720 square kilometres.
Its stunning scenery is popular for hikers, climbers and adventure seekers alike and has been used for many blockbusters including the 1962 film Lawrence of Arabia starring Peter O’Toole and Red Planet from 2002. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, starring Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox was also filmed in Wadi Rum in 2008.
The Martian follows astronaut Mark Watney on a manned mission to the red planet, where he is presumed dead after a storm and left by his crew. His struggle to survive was captured on the barren landscape of Wadi Rum, also known as The Valley of the Moon, in southern Jordan.