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

Filming in Dubrovnik confirmed?

Local news portal thedubrovniktimes.com has reported it received an exclusive confirmation by several reliable sources that the filming for the latest film of the epic sci fi saga – Star Wars will be done in part in Croatian city of Dubrovnik!

Episode VIII is said to begin filming in March and apparently the producers have met with the mayor and other representatives of Dubrovnik city government at the end of last year to confirm the city will be included in the production as one of the filming locations.

All the details including the exact time and scope of Dubrovnik filming remain to be uncovered.