AMAZING!!!: First Images of Dubrovnik in Star Wars The Last Jedi!!!

Here I was, playing my PS4, enjoying the Saturday night with no obligations and nothing to do, when I get a message from one of fellow Star Wars Fans, Paul, to check out the new Behind The Scenes clip from The Last Jedi, just published by official Star Wars YouTube Channel.

The clip is great, watch it, enjoy it. However, it does feature something that has chilled me to the bone…   an image of my own hometown Dubrovnik and during the shoot:

Dubrovnik Panorama, Source: Star Wars YouTube
Dubrovnik Panorama, Source: Star Wars YouTube

AND the most controversial leaked image character revealed:

Supposed Space Horse, source: Star Wars YouTube
Supposed Space Horse, source: Star Wars YouTube
Landspeeder crash, photo DailyMail
Prior leaked image of props on Dubrovnik set, photo WENN.com
Leaked Image from Dubrovnik Sets, source DailyMail
Leaked Image from Dubrovnik Sets, photo WENN.com

BUT WAIT, that’s not all! Some of the scenes from what must be Canto Bight, casino planet that Dubrovnik is playing on screen. Ladies and gentlemen, even before the second trailer, we finally have the look of Dubrovnik in Star Wars universe!!

Supposed Canto Bight Interior, source: Star Wars YouTube
Supposed Canto Bight Interior, source: Star Wars YouTube
Supposed Canto Bight Interior, source: Star Wars YouTube
Supposed Canto Bight Interior, source: Star Wars YouTube

Check out the symbols featured so prominently throughout Dubrovnik!

Symbol Comparison
Symbol Comparison

AND, we can see John Boyega on Canto Bight Set.

John Boyega in Supposed Canto Bight Interior, source: Star Wars YouTube
John Boyega in Supposed Canto Bight Interior, source: Star Wars YouTube

John Boyega will be in the parts of the movie played in Dubrovnik!! That’s it! I need a drink. We will be back with more info as the story develops.

 

BREAKING: Evidence for Dubrovnik Playing Casino City Canto Bight in Star Wars: The Last Jedi

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We have heard plenty of rumours about what locations within Star Wars universe is Croatian city of Dubrovnik suppose to represent in the upcoming The Last Jedi. Lately, we’ve reported on Dubrovnik Times text about Dubrovnik playing casino city called Canto Bight. This was one of the most prominent theories and now it seems we have first concrete evidence this might easily be true. As reported by Official Star Wars YouTube channel,Vanity Fair released a photo set by the famous Annie Liebovitz with wonderful photographs of the cast and crew in costume, but also a few shots of the cast to appear in film as a part of the rich clients of a new location – casino city of Canto Bight. What intrigued us the most is the uncanny resemblance of the costumes to those seen on some of the images captured during the shoot in Dubrovnik, last year. See for yourselves…

ScreenGrab - Star Wars Youtube channel, photo Annie Liebovitz
ScreenGrab – Star Wars Youtube channel, photo Annie Liebovitz
ScreenGrab - Star Wars Youtube channel, photo Annie Liebovitz
ScreenGrab – Star Wars Youtube channel, photo Annie Liebovitz
ScreenGrab - Star Wars Youtube channel, photo Annie Liebovitz
ScreenGrab – Star Wars Youtube channel, photo Annie Liebovitz

Leaked photos from Dubrovnik sets (photos: Daily Mail):

Overall feel was that of a posh and elegant atmosphere, photo DailyMail
Overall feel was that of a posh and elegant atmosphere, photo DailyMail
Overall feel was that of a posh and elegant atmosphere, photo DailyMail
Overall feel was that of a posh and elegant atmosphere, photo DailyMail
Overall feel was that of a posh and elegant atmosphere, photo DailyMail
Overall feel was that of a posh and elegant atmosphere, photo DailyMail

Costumes can be described as formal or elegant evening wear, photo Daily Mail
Costumes can be described as formal or elegant evening wear, photo Daily Mail
Costumes can be described as formal or elegant evening wear, photo Daily Mail
Costumes can be described as formal or elegant evening wear, photo Daily Mail

Star Wars Episode IX to be Shot in Dubrovnik?

Dubrovnik, Croatia was one of the two prominent filming locations outside of the film studios for Star Wars The Last Jedi. All of us local Star Wars Fans are counting down the days until the premier of the new chapter in our favourite saga. It will be an exciting day for us trying to catch a glimpse of our home town on the big screen. However, the latest news out of Dubrovnik suggests we might see Episode IX filming here as well!!

The Dubrovnik Times brings a story in which it is suggested that Dubrovnik’s participation in the story might not be limited to The Last Jedi. In the text the source of this interesting information is listed as none other than the city’s Mayor, so the story might have some validity to it. Seeing how Episode IX is due to come out on May 24th 2018, the filming will probably start very soon, so we will be following the developments closely and keep you updated!

Star Wars Set Dubrovnik, photo starwarsdubrovnik.com
Star Wars Set Dubrovnik, photo starwarsdubrovnik.com

Also, the same source is saying Dubrovnik is to play casino planet Canto Bight in The Last Jedi, which would go along with some gossip we already reported on.

 

Is Dubrovnik visible in Star Wars The Last Jedi Trailer?

New teaser trailer for the upcoming Star Wars The Last Jedi is finally out. With all the hype surrounding it, some feel as if it failed to meet expectations, but then again, who would ever meet the expectations of Star Wars fans? We will always want more.

For us at Star Wars Dubrovnik, the main question for the new trailer was: Will we see Dubrovnik on screen? The answer is sadly: No… most probably. The article on Star Wars Croatia website raises a question of whether or not we can see the dome of Dubrovnik Cathedral in one of the shots. This one:

Screen grab The Last jedi teaser trailer
Screen grab The Last jedi teaser trailer

It seems unlikely, as the landmark was not on the list of the filming locations, but possibly visible from the main street or Rector’s Palace. There is also a church dome of the Church of Saint Blaise – the patron saint of the city – that could be the one seen on the screen. The shape of this dome is maybe wider than that on screen, but its location is much closer to the main filming location in Dubrovnik – Stradun, the main street of the historical district. Below is the photograph of both with Cathedral in the background and Church of St. Blaise in the foreground.

Be that as it may, it seems we are doomed to wait until the next teaser trailer to maybe see our beloved town on screen, forever a part of the Star Wars Saga. Let the wait begin… again.

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Star Wars vs. Robin Hood in Dubrovnik, Croatia

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By now everyone knows Dubrovnik, Croatia was one of the key locations for filming of Star Wars The Last Jedi and we have plenty of photos to prove it. However, do you know what’s going on in Dubrovnik right now? Right now, the sets are coming down after shooting what promises to be another big Hollywood blockbuster to grace the streets of our hometown – Robin Hood.

Film, co-produced by Leonardo Di Caprio, starring Jamie Foxx and Jamie Dornan – both seen on set in Dubrovnik – is scheduled to premiere on March 23rd 2018 and seems to be destined for great results.

Production team used a few locations around the city and much like the crew of Star Wars The Last Jedi, they had to construct impressive backdrops for specific locations, one of them being on the historical centre’s main street – Stradun… yes, the same one that was featured on so many of the leaked shots from the making of the new Star Wars movie. Below are some pictures of the Star Wars sets vs. those of Robin Hood on the same part of the main street… which one looked better?

Star Wars The Last Jedi

 

Star Wars Set Dubrovnik, photo starwarsdubrovnik.com
Star Wars Set Dubrovnik, photo starwarsdubrovnik.com
Star Wars Set Dubrovnik, photo starwarsdubrovnik.com
Star Wars Set Dubrovnik, photo starwarsdubrovnik.com
Crashed landspeeder on Dubrovnik Main Street, photo Domagoj Pandzic
Crashed landspeeder on Dubrovnik Main Street, photo Domagoj Pandzic

Star Wars Set Dubrovnik, photo starwarsdubrovnik.com
Star Wars Set Dubrovnik, photo starwarsdubrovnik.com
Star Wars Set Dubrovnik, photo starwarsdubrovnik.com
Star Wars Set Dubrovnik, photo starwarsdubrovnik.com

Robin Hood

Robin Hood set on Dubrovnik's Main Street
Robin Hood set on Dubrovnik’s Main Street
Robin Hood set on Dubrovnik's Main Street
Robin Hood set on Dubrovnik’s Main Street
Robin Hood set on Dubrovnik's Main Street
Robin Hood set on Dubrovnik’s Main Street
Robin Hood set on Dubrovnik's Main Street
Robin Hood set on Dubrovnik’s Main Street
Robin Hood set on Dubrovnik's Main Street
Robin Hood set on Dubrovnik’s Main Street
Robin Hood set on Dubrovnik's Main Street
Robin Hood set on Dubrovnik’s Main Street

funny comparison:

Vehicle is mounted on curved rails, photo DuList
Star Wars landspeeder next to Franciscan Monastery in Dubrovnik, photo DuList
Robin Hood Carriage next to Franciscan Monastery in Dubrovnik
Robin Hood Carriage next to Franciscan Monastery in Dubrovnik
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Star Wars Scenes Observed in Dubrovnik Described in Leaked Trailer Breakdown

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Our hunger for information about this year’s Star Wars movie subsided for the briefest of moments after the official name of the new episode – The Last Jedi – was revealed. Still, we quickly rolled back into anticipation mode as we are (im)patiently waiting for the first teaser trailer.

Few days back, rumours started circulating about possible leaked description of the trailer. As presented by Mike Zeroh on his YouTube Channel, trailer description seems plausible, but far from confirmed. What resonated most with us is the description of characters and events as seen on Star Wars sets in Dubrovnik.

Right at the start of the described trailer there is talk about people in black engaged in a procession of sorts, which ends up in a shootout of some sort. In the clip above, there is a mention of similar scenes that have been observed during the filming in Dubrovnik. As you might remember, we’ve already brought forth some leaked photos from Dubrovnik sets a year ago, that suit this description. Here they are again, to remind you…

Interesting looking alien, photo DailyMail.co.uk
Interesting looking alien, photo DailyMail.co.uk
Actors in costumes with a central figure, photo DailyMail.co.uk
Actors in costumes with a central figure, photo DailyMail.co.uk
Action around a landspeeder, photo DailyMail.co.uk
Action around a landspeeder, photo DailyMail.co.uk
Costumes from Dubrovnik filming are quite intriguing, photo DailyMail
Costumes from Dubrovnik filming are quite intriguing, photo DailyMail
Costumes from Dubrovnik filming are quite intriguing, photo DailyMail
Costumes from Dubrovnik filming are quite intriguing, photo DailyMail

So, what do you think? Any validity to this leaked description, or is it just a zealous fan with good grasp of leaked filming material? YouTube clip above has a sequel as well and can be viewed here.

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BREAKING: Official Title of Star Wars Episode 8 is…

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The new Star Wars movie, Episode VIII, which was filmed partially on the streets of Croatia’s beautiful city of Dubrovnik finally has a name. As you might imagine, none of the internet fan theories and reveals turned out to be true. The new Star Wars movie is going to be called THE LAST JEDI.

Star Wars The Last Jedi
Star Wars The Last Jedi, photo www.starwars.com

The name is very intriguing indeed and will undoubtedly generate plenty of buzz and fan anticipation. As if we needed more reason to be nervous about having to wait until December to see this film!

What do you guys think? Good name that promises an interesting story or just a PR stunt to get buns in seats?

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BREAKING: Carrie Fisher has Passed Away

It is truly a sad day for Star Wars community. After a serious heart attack 4 days ago, Carrie Fisher unfortunately wasn’t able to bounce back and has lost her final battle. Beloved Princess Leia leaves armies of grieving fans all around the globe as we unite in mourning one of our favourite celebrities.
Carrie Fisher is outlived by her mother Debbie Reynolds (84) and daughter Billie Lourd (24) as reported by Daily Mail.

So, it seems 2016 has claimed another celebrity way before her time. Carrie Fisher was 60 at the time of her death.

Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia, photo: Wikipedia
Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia, photo: Wikipedia

Princess, we will never forget you.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Full Review

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Well, better late than never. Below is my Rogue One: A Star Wars Story full review. In case you still need to see it, please note, this text is absolutely PACKED WITH SPOILERS!

When you walk out of the movie theatre after watching Rogue One, chances are you will be hyped up upon seeing an exciting action film. When the dust settles, you might look back on it and find quite a few things wrong, but whether or not it will ruin the film for you depends largely on what kind of a movie goer are you.
Star Wars franchise is such a grandiose movie project, it is under threat of collapsing in on itself. All of the franchise projects have very high financial goals set upon them which puts a heavy burden on those making the film. On one hand, you must appeal to very wide global population and on another you have this rich universe that offers incredible potential for great stories. So, how do you deal with it?

photo Flickr
photo Flickr

Rogue one went for a different tone to what we are used to from most of franchise films and definitely different from The Force Awakens. It is much more bleak and humourless than the Episode 7 and many will not like that. I personally loved it and would do away with even more funny shenanigans from the resident comedic break – K-2SO. Humour that was crowbarred into The Force Awakens was the worst part of that film in my book (along with a very safe reboot-like story). Rogue one doesn’t fear being dark and it doesn’t bother me one bit, even with a pretty boring colour palette for much of the film.

Director Gareth Edwards is no stranger to darkly coloured films having made a name for himself through Monsters and Godzilla (2014), and he is definitely not a stranger to well produced action scenes. Action scenes in Rogue One are very nicely done and the battle at the end of the movie is nothing short of spectacular. Other fights and battles are also good, but one things struck me while I was watching them: there is a really big Stormtrooper body count. Nothing too shocking surely, but if we think back on The Force Awakens and the fact character of Finn managed to put a very human face on the white armoured soldiers, the violence at times comes off as excessive. Still, as an action film, Rogue One definitely works.

The main problems of the film hit us when the guns are silent. There is something to be desired when it comes to character building in this film. Perhaps there was a conscious effort to not make the main characters too loveable seeing how (just to remind you… SPOILERS) they will all die at the end and that could make the kids cry, but it seems such a shame leaving the story and its main protagonists as flat as they were. The fact there are many moments from the trailer that are not featured in the film suggests there was some serious re-shooting done during the summer (we already reported on it) and this probably added to the inconsistencies in character development. Re-shoots can be a big problem when trying to put together a decent story, just remember what Suicide Squad looked like by the time it was released. In Rogue One there was many poorly executed characters and relations. Relationship between Jyn Erso and her father wasn’t well introduced, character of Saw Guerrera was barely in the film although it was played by arguably the best actor in Rogue One – Forest Whitaker, there is an attempt at a meaningful connection between the characters of Jyn and Cassian, but it falls flat, and so on… this is bound to make many serious critics will give the film lower grades than what Star Wars fans would like. Still, it is a real problem of the movie. Even some acting performances seemed under par, like Ben Mendelsohn as Orson Krennic, Diego Luna as Cassian Ando (although his character seemed seriously underwritten) and surprisingly, Mads Mikkelsen as Galen Erso. Star Wars movies are a brand of their own and never rely on big acting names to boost their appeal with audiences, which is ok because they also give young or less known actors a chance to shine in a huge blockbuster, but it doesn’t always work. Imagine if the role of Orson Krennic was played for example by Christoph Waltz. He could’ve done wonders with the character.

Visual effects in the film are excellent and the whole thing looks amazing, which is what we have come to expect from Star Wars, but that doesn’t make it any less impressive. One cgi effect on everyone’s lips is without a doubt the appearance of Grand Moff Tarkin – character featured in A New Hope, originally played by now deceased Peter Cushing. Famous British actor not only played the character well, but produced one of the most memorable Imperial bad guys in the series. So, Lucasfilm decided to do a cgi version of him in Rogue One. I dislike the idea of cgi bot instead of a real live actor, especially when trying to simulate a talented actor like Cushing, but I was still very curious about what the end product will look like. The fact is Grand Moff Tarkin looks very good when not talking, but for some reason there are quite a few close ups of this cgi person talking to the camera and it just looks a bit… well fake. With some creative camera work, this could’ve been done much better. However, the really story here is not how well this character was executed, but whether this marks a new trend in movie making where the studios will be able to revive actors from other eras or even one day save money if cgi people become cheaper to make than real actors. I don’t know, but it doesn’t seem like a very good development in the world of film.

Last thing on my list to talk about is fan service. There is much of it in Rogue One, but thankfully not as much as in The Force Awakens. Some of it I like (being a Star Wars fan), some I dislike and find borderline offensive – like R2-D2 and C-3PO scene. Even Darth Vader seems like an unnecessary addition to the film. Vader sells tickets and we are all aware of it, but his fight scene felt out of place and so does the scene in his headquarters which for some reason seems to be in Mordor. Some new Stormtrooper units and vehicles are seen in the film and as much as I’m aware they are there to sell toys, I still like seeing them. Sue me.

photo Sciencefiction.com
photo Sciencefiction.com

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is a good movie. Tone is very interesting, action scenes are some of the best in the franchise, there are were some very cool characters in the story. If I could change something it would be character development which needed to be better, and perhaps toned down on fan service a bit. When it comes to my recommendations… I would like to remind you of the thing from the beginning of this review – it all depends what kind of a movie goer you are. Star Wars fanboy in me was very excited to see this film, but the serious movie buff portion of my personality resented some parts of it. It’s all about expectations. If you are looking for a good action movie with not much substance to the story, you will most likely enjoy Rogue One. If you have been living under a rock since Empire Strikes Back and are expecting a serious human struggle drama, I suggest you remind yourself which company owns Lucasfilm since recently.

I give it 7/10

PS – too bad we will not get to see more of Felicity Jones

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