Dubrovnik’s Officials Discussing City’s Role in Star Wars Episode VIII with the Producers?

As reported by Dubrovnik Times the Mayor of Dubrovnik is due to meet the producers of Star Wars Episode VIII while on his current trip to the United States.

Locals are hard at work guessing exactly what the Episode VIII filming locations in Dubrovnik will be, and while it is highly unlikely mayor Andro Vlahusic will share any information from the upcoming meeting, we can most definitely expect another wave of rumours about the scope of the filming, Star Wars characters that will be involved, and of course, who’s backyard will serve as a backdrop for one of the epic scenes.

Dubrovnik, Croatia, photo Insider Holidays
Dubrovnik, Croatia, photo Insider Holidays

One information that might be available to the public are the exact dates of the filming as high end productions usually mean plenty of machinery and man power. For a small place like Dubrovnik where parking can be a hassle on the slower days of the year, let alone during the busy summer season and shoulder months, operations like this mean plenty of preparation by everyone involved.

Are We Going to See Star Wars Themed Tours in Dubrovnik?

Locals will probably tell you it’s more a question of „when“. Dubrovnik has been the most recognized tourism destination in Croatia for decades. Two centuries to be more precise. This picturesque medieval city is attracting people from all corners of the Earth each year, mostly during summer season, but more and more during spring and autumn as well.

Minceta Fortress, Dubrovnik, photo Flare Studio
Minceta Fortress, Dubrovnik, photo Flare Studio

There is plenty to see and do in Dubrovnik and its rich history, visible on every corner, has made it one of the most loved tourism destinations of East Mediterranean region. We already mentioned the city has seen its share of international productions filming movies or TV shows on its streets, but it was after HBO’s Game of Thrones started showing footage of Dubrovnik (playing the role of King’s Landing) that foreign guests started taking interest in filming locations. This lead to the creation of Game of Thrones Tourswalking tours taking guests around the filming locations – that quickly became some of the most popular and bestselling tours in Dubrovnik. Today, you can trust us when we say everyone in the city is excited about the announcement of Star Wars Episode VIII being filmed here. There are plenty of local fans of Star Wars franchise, but there are also those who are hoping Star Wars Tours in Dubrovnik might be the next big thing in the city’s offer of excursions.

What do you think? Will Star Wars Tours be more popular than Game of Thrones Tours?

Some of the Most Beloved Side Characters Making a Comeback in Episode VIII

While we here in Dubrovnik are very excited to tell the world we are one of the filming locations for Star Wars Episode VIII, what interests us the most (aside from the exact locations to be used) is what characters will be on set in our home town. So far we have no exact information and according to experience this will be kept a secret as long as possible. Still, we at least need to know what known characters aside from the main protagonists are making a comeback in the Episode VIII.

Nien Nunb, CinemaBlend
Nien Nunb, CinemaBlend

Two characters recently rumoured to be returning to the big screen are both fan favourites when it comes to side characters. As reported by MovieWeb  and CinemaBlend we can expect both Admiral Ackbar and Nien Nunb to return in Episode VIII. Actor Tim Rose who plays the part of Admiral Ackbar and Mike Quinn who is the puppeteer in charge of operating the character of Nien Nunb have both pulled out of PensaCon – being held on 19th to 21st of February – to work on a film most are now speculating to be Star Wars Episode VIII. The fact that Tim Rose cancelled the appearance at PensaCon together with Peter Mayhew – who is still involved in his role as Chewbacca – puts things into perspective even more.

Admiral Ackbar, CinemaBlend
Admiral Ackbar, CinemaBlend

Star Wars Episode VIII will be “Much Darker” than Episode VII

Are you a Star Wars fan who prefers the light hearted comedic parts in the films or are you more inclined towards the serious or scary parts as seen in Episode III or Episode V?

It’s a trick question, you’re supposed to like them both the same. However, those with a darker taste in movies might be getting the Star Wars film they were hoping for out of the new Episode VIII which starts filming in March. John Boyega, who played Finn in Star Wars Episode VII – The Force Awakens, but also the character of Moses in a hilarious British comedy Attack of the Block, told Vogue in a recent interview the script for the new sequel to the saga is “much darker” than that of Episode VII. If you look back at the franchise, you will realise the beloved „all ages“ space opera has had its share of scary or downright disturbing images shown in the films, so we tend to believe this announcement has some merit. John Boyega was also quoted as saying this role is very special to him being a Star Wars fan himself.

John Boyega, photo by Getty Images
John Boyega, photo by Getty Images

Regardless of the tone of the movie, we sure hope to see this up and coming British film star on the set in Dubrovnik.

 

Dubrovnik Locals Already Have the Lowdown on Star Wars Episode VIII Filming Locations

 

Dubrovnik, Croatia might be a UNESCO protected world heritage site as well as an internationally below holiday destination, but it is also a city of a mere 50000 inhabitants, so you can be sure news travels fast here. Rumours even faster.

One of the most popular local internet news portals dubrovackidnevnik.rtl.hr  today announced photos of a house rumoured to be one of the filming locations chosen by the production of Star Wars Episode VIII.

House in Dubrovnik
House in Dubrovnik’s Old City, photo by Tea Stjepović / dubrovackidnevnik.rtl.hr

House sits on Dubrovnik’s main street in the historical centre called Stradun. If this location is confirmed we can be sure centuries’ old Dubrovnik streets that already attracts countless travellers from all over the world will gain a whole new breed of tourists – Star Wars Fans.

Don’t Argue with Danish Star Wars Fans!

Star Wars franchise is known for bringing joy to generations of casual and diehard fans alike, but it is common knowledge nowadays diehard fans tend to have some pretty firm attitudes about this sci fi saga.

If you need further proof, thelocal.dk  recently published a story about two Danish Star Wars fans aged 17 and 18 who let a drunken 5:00 am discussion about the strength of the Republic escalate into a real brawl. In fact, they made such a commotion neighbours were forced to call the police who apprehended one of the „street fighters“. To make the entire thing more hilarious, young man refused to give the police his real name, insisting he was called Count Dooku – a Sith Lord character from the Episode II and III, played by the legendary Christopher Lee. Nice choice for a name.

The lesson to take away from this: don’t argue with Danish Star Wars fans. You will not win.

Star Wars Fans Cosplay
Star Wars Fans, photo by http://i.telegraph.co.uk/

SPOILERS!:  Brienne od Tarth Returning to Dubrovnik?

Beloved Game of Thrones actress Gwendoline Christie who played the part of Brienne of Tarth in HBO’s fantasy series spent some time filming in Dubrovnik a couple of years back and was reported as having fun enjoying the bustling medieval city with the other members of the cast and always seemed ready to pose with the fans as seen on the image below.

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Of course, among other noticeable roles, Christie also starred in Star Wars Episode VII – The Force Awakens where she played Captain Phasma. The way her character ended the film left fans wondering whether we will see her again in the Episode VIII, but it seems we’ve finally got our answer. As People report, the actress herself confirmed her return as Captain Phasma in the new Star Wars episode in a role which she was very excited to land in the first place. Of course, with Dubrovnik now hopefully set in the filming schedule, we might see her enjoying the streets of our fair city once again this year.

We sure hope so.

What Will Dubrovnik Bring to Star Wars Universe?

City of Dubrovnik is a historical city in Croatia, on the banks of the Adriatic Sea. The heart of the city is its historical centre called Old City – a perfectly preserved medieval city, once the seat of Republic of Dubrovnik. So, what does a sci fi production like Star Wars want to shoot here? The answer is yet to be revealed, but for now simply guessing is fun enough.

Dubrovnik’s historical centre, used extensively during the filming of HBO’s Game of Thrones series is marble paved city with narrow steep streets and plenty of gothic, renaissance, and baroque buildings.

Dubrovnik's Old City Centre
Dubrovnik’s Old City Centre, photo by www.insiderholidays.eu
Dubrovnik - Franciscan Monastery
Dubrovnik – Franciscan Monastery, photo by www.insiderholidays.eu

Entire area is set on the banks of deep blue Adriatic Sea…

Dubrovnik and Island of Lokrum
Dubrovnik and Island of Lokrum, photo by www.insiderholidays.eu

… and surrounding countryside is hilly and rocky,

Dubrovnik Countryside
Dubrovnik countryside, photo by www.insiderholidays.eu

with islands rocky, covered with thick Mediterranean vegetation.

Island of Lokrum
Island of Lokrum, photo by www.flarestudio.hr

So, what do the makers of the world’s most famous science fiction saga looking for in Dubrovnik?

Any ideas? Post them in the comments section. We’d be happy to hear from the die hard fans.

Why Dubrovnik?

With the news of the production of Star Wars – Episode VIII to use filming locations in Dubrovnik, many international fans of the franchise have are left scratching their heads as to where this city is located. However, Dubrovnik is no stranger to high end international productions. Many fans of the HBO’s Game of Thrones will recognize the Old City centre of Dubrovnik as it provided a setting for the fantasy city of King’s Landing in the series. Some other productions to visit this area include The Borgias and Dig.

Reasons to film in Dubrovnik are numerous and include a wonderful variety of settings, possible tax exemptions, moderate climate, as well as great local technical support staff. However, the reason might be the big man George Lucas himself. According to Croatian Newspapers Slobodna Dalmacija (http://slobodnadalmacija.hr ) Lucas visited Dubrovnik in 2009 during his vacation along the Croatian coast and enjoyed the city during a private walking tour. Who knows, perhaps the creator of Star Wars found himself smitten with this popular Croatian destination, as so many others do.

George Lucas in Dubrovnik, Croatia - Photo by: Siniša Sunara / Cropix
George Lucas enjoying Dubrovnik, Croatia

Star Wars Episode VII Raking in the Big Bucks… as Expected

Anything except huge box office results for any recent Star Wars title would be not only disappointing, but very surprising as well. Still, the numbers for the recently premiered Episode VII – The Force Awakens are staggering. As Daily Mail (www.dailymail.co.uk) reported earlier this month, the movie tallied some $740 million during 2015 holiday season in the United States alone, while the global numbers tell an even more impressive story: $1,51 billion worldwide.

It is clear to see the popular franchise is not only losing ground, but is now enjoying its third or even fourth generation of fans. It is safe to say one would be hard pressed to find any similar examples in the movie industry. It remains to be seen exactly how well highly anticipated Episode VIII will fare.

SW Fan Art
Fan Art by imgur.com user dvsdesigner