Rian Johnson’s “Star Wars” Episode VIII has already begun filming. An official video was released on Star Wars’ YouTube channel announcing the beginning of production of the film. It included shots of Mark Hamill and Daisy Ridley on the Irish island of Skellig Michael. Now, photos from the Croatia sets of the film being produced under the working title “Space Bear” have surfaced online.
The Dubrovnik Times have spotted sets being built for Rian Johnson’s film on a street called Stradun in Dubrovnik, Croatia. It also mentions that a souvenir shop in Stradun is being transformed into an alien location in a galaxy far, far away. Star Wars News Net reports that the rumoured dates of production in Dubrovnik for Episode VIII are from March 9 to March 16 this year, with the first two days used for site prep and six days of actual shooting.
According to the photos revealed by The Dubrovnik Times and Instagram user Jim Merkel (jimmerkelthethird), arched doorways are being constructed on the outside of the said souvenir shop and a pillar facade was being added to the same building. The photos can be seen below.
It is not known which planet the Dubrovnik sets stand-in for. TechnoBuffalo notes that rumours have circulated for a few months that Dubrovnik was going to be used for location filming in “Star Wars Episode: VIII,” but Lucasfilm has remained silent on the matter. The location has still not been officially confirmed, but it looks fairly obvious that this is preparation for the arrival of the “Star Wars: Episode VIII” crew. This is the first time the saga has filmed in Croatia.
More details regarding filming of Rian Johnson’s “Star Wars” film is expected to emerge as the production on the eighth film in the space saga begins.
It is rumoured that Luke Skywalker’s wife will also appear in the film. Ewan McGregor (Obi-Wan Kenobi) may also be returning to “Star Wars” in some form, but there has been no confirmation yet.