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UPDATE 2! First Star Wars: Episode VIII Set Pieces from Dubrovnik!

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10 days ago we shared a report with you that the start of filming for Star Wars: Episode VIII in Dubrovnik will commence on March 9. Now almost 2 weeks before the big day, first set pieces from the movie started popping up in the city.

 

February 22, 2016
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First, the locals spotted several tents erected in two different areas of the Old City of Dubrovnik. People were hesitant if they were for the Star Wars crew or for the use of the current Mercedes Global Training Event in the city. The guys from StarWarsDubrovnik uncovered that these are indeed for the Star Wars filming. Not only that but they added a few more images with different set pieces being build in the city.


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The support tents are set up in two of the filming locations (Old City Port and Trg Oruzja Square), and some parts of the set are being put up on the main streets as well.

 

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Also TheDubrovnikTimes shared another image from the Stradun, the main street that runs through the center of Dubrovnik, where you can see a souvenir shop being transformed into an alien world architecture.

 

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We can expect many more images with sets and props from Dubrovnik in the next few days since the filming location is very public.

 

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So based on these set pieces, what do you think? Is this a new planet, or are we going to revisit a familiar place? Tell us in the comments below.

 

 

February 24, 2016

 

A new video from the main street:

 

 

And some more images from The Dubrovnik Times:

 

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  • Eirikur

    A city, yES!

  • Cole

    It starts.

  • AlienofDoom

    *Does a little dance*
    This is so exciting!
    Personally I kinda hope that we’re going back to Naboo. I think the city has the right kind of look for it.

    • regeekery – JD

      I’d love to see the sequels return to Naboo, I’m a fanboy over that planet. The place in these photos certainly would make for some cool new locations though if not Naboo.

  • MaxboxOne

    i think this is a new planet. we didnt see much city in FA so this could be it

  • Lora

    Looks like Naboo to me.

  • polterclown

    damn, return flights Brussels to Dubrovnik are only 150 euro. very tempted to just fly there a few days in March

  • Derth Nadir
    • EJo

      We had three locations in TFA which everyone thought were Naboo or Yavin. Turned out to be neither. I venture to guess this will not be Naboo, either.

    • Jacob Andrew Hollander

      Not even close. Naboo’s real world inspiration is renaissance period Italy, this looks like Medieval and Gothic period Europe, although alot of the new buildings around (that likely aren’t part of the shoot) have that distinctive modern Italian façade to them.

    • regeekery – JD

      I’m hoping Naboo will be in Episode VIII. It’s probably not going to happen.

      • Dani Català

        No more Nabooring please :(

        • Lora

          Please more Naboo.
          Luke and Leia familly is from Naboo.

          • Dani Català

            You mean that people deleted from Attack of the Clones?

        • ShakierCleric: The Destroyer

          Agreed. It’s time to move away from Dantooine, Tatooine, and Naboo.

          • The MacGuffin Guy

            Wait- why Dantooine, we’ve never been there in canon besides the novel lost stars. I wouldn’t mind seeing it. But agreed that we should stay away from tatooine and Naboo. honestly Coruscant is the only planet I can see us revisiting from the other films.

      • Crixxxx

        Enough Naboo. We had that planet in 3 movies already. Nothing there but Reniassancey white people who elect teenage girl monarchs for some reason, and a race of aliens who produced the most pathetic life form in galactic history.

      • ShakierCleric: The Destroyer

        I don’t. I’m ready for new planets, and we got two in Force Awakens.

        • Kicker2

          I counted 5, one got fried, make that two got fried that we saw from the surface. Jakku, Hosnian Prime, Takodana, D’Qar, Starkiller Base and island planet Luke is on called Ahch-To .

          • ShakierCleric: The Destroyer

            By two planets, I mean ones that Han, Ray, Chewie, Finn, and BB-8 got to visit.

      • Samuel Wallace

        Meh, I’m more interested in post-post-war Coruscant with full-on economic depression and rampant crime-rates; THAT is interesting shit right there…

    • Kicker2

      That’s Seville, Spain in this photo. Also used for Naboo, of course.

  • Jake Wolfe

    Actually reminds me of Naboo, but I don’t think that’s what they’re shooting for. Though I’d like to see some OT or PT planets…

  • CL

    These pics look good, but did anyone else think the Maz castle set was underwhelming, like something from a 70’s Star Trek episode?

    • Kicker2

      Ugh. No. As if everything was always earthshattering in the originals.

      • Jacob Andrew Hollander

        You’re crazy, for how much they were limited they went out of their way to focus on amazing world building in the originals. By comparison most of all of the locales in TFA were boring copies of places we had been to before. Maz’s castle and the Rebel base in particular.

        • Kicker2

          Sigh.

        • TUD

          Those were literally the two most original locations in the whole movie, lol.

          • Jacob Andrew Hollander

            If by original you mean totally bland and forgettable locations that everyone were on Yavin IV before the movie came out.

            You people sure like talking directly out of your ass.

            • TUD

              Ooh, the saltiness is strong with this one.

      • Firyadan

        As if a 2015 movie should not look better than a 1977 one.
        That makes no sense.

    • Clone11038

      only you

    • The MacGuffin Guy

      The only thing that was underwhelming about Maz’s castle was how obvious of an homage it was to the cantina from episode 4. That and maybe the lack of any classic SW species. Otherwise I thought it was cool!

      • Kicker2

        They did make a Worrt for TFA, it was a creature at Jabba’s palace, One creature looked like a offshoot/subspecies of the Ithorians (hammerheads) and the visual dictionary said he practiced the same religion as many of the Ithorians. People bitch about not having enough new stuff, but when they do mostly new stuff people complain about the old stuff not being there. They simply cannot win. Not every planet will always show the familiar aliens, I look at it as broadening the SW Universe a bit. Every film we see some aliens, few or many, that we didn’t see in a previous film. I would like to see a handful of the old favorites back, sure. We did get Ackbar and Nunb.

        • The MacGuffin Guy

          I agree, Its not too big of an issue. In my mind its just because we were on the other side of the galaxy from tatooine that there were so few overlaps in species. Its just a minor let down. Other than 3 individuals (chewbacca, Nein Nub, and Ackbar) there are NO species from any of the other 6 films in this movie. Just throwing one or two rodians, gran or whatever in the mix would have made it really feel like the universe is lived in and connected. I just hate it when we only get ONE character representing an entire speices and planet in the whole saga. It makes it feel like they made up a whole species just for that scene because it looked cool rather than imagining a vast galaxy and populating it. Like I said, small potatoes in an otherwise awesome film, but with the OT characters having such little screen time and the PT races being all but forgotten, a tiny bit more connective tissue would have gone a long way for me personally

          • Kicker2

            Where the hell were all these A New Hope creatures in Empire Strikes Back for that matter? Ugnaughts, a Tauntauns and a Wampa native to Hoth, and what else? Not much else at all.

            • The MacGuffin Guy

              Good point

              • Kicker2

                Yeah hopefully they will throw in a few more classic ones, I think JJ wanted to get almost all new ones on Takodana. But it’s cool we had Nunb and Ackbar (Chewie applies without saying), they didn’t even have to bring those two back and they did. Pablo Hidalgo told me via twitter yesterday. (He is head of Lucasfilm story group and watches over Canon, he was one of JJ’s and now Rian’s advisors on SW lore. ) that The Worrt was the creature in the cage on Bobbajo’s back that head the performer’s face. The Worrt was seen in Jabba’s palace. Granted, he is tough to see in TFA, but he is there. Pablo is good about answering questions, he answer about 4 or 5 of mine over the last few weeks. He’s been with them since EP3 where he wrote daily non spoiler set diaries in 2003.

      • NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!

        Right?! Would it have been THAT hard to put some familiar species there? The whole time I was looking for some familiar faces and NOTHING! That’s my only complaint about that scene.

        • Kicker2

          Empire Strikes Back dropped the ball on that one too in context of all the movies.

          • NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!

            True..but this isn’t the second movie of a (now) already established franchise.

            • Kicker2

              Doesn’t matter. Big galaxy. You see differing aliens when you go to other planets. It’s not like we didn’t see any, just not any at Maz’s place.

      • TUD

        “This movie is a rehash! There’s nothing new!!!”

        *puts new aliens in Maz’s castle*

        “Where are all the old and recycled aliens that I’m familiar with?!!!”

        • The MacGuffin Guy

          It’s all personal taste. Thematically Maz’s castle was a rehash of the cantina but with new aliens. I would have preferred less new aliens and more new types of locations. But you can never please all tastes at all times. It was a great movie, the lack of classic races dosnt change that. I loved the return of a ackbar and clever nods like that, I just hope there are even more in episode 8.

    • I agree

    • TUD

      Mmmmmm…no. You are, of course, totally allowed to have your opinion though. Even if it’s wrong ;)

    • obijuanmartinez

      There were no Star Trek TV episodes in the 70s…

  • Crixxxx

    There is a cool seaport city in the Art of The Force Awakens book. I’m betting that’s what this is Dubrovnik shoot is about.

  • Astrosquall on his phone

    Shit that must be an expensive film to make. I wonder if they have to compensate the shop owners for loss of trade. Still, good to see Rian is committed to keeping real sets in this one. I think visual continuity is an important thing that George fucked up with the prequels, then tried to fix by ruining the OT

    • Matex

      loss of trade in European summer resort around late February? gimme a break.. most of these shops close for the winter due to the lack of traffic anyways

  • Clone11038

    love this!

  • A Knight of Ren

    Nice plastic chevron barrier rope, some marki tents and some scaffolding = )
    Its out of this world = p

  • EJo

    Naboo’s architecture was down to earth and their had regular rectangular doorways, this looks different, so it’ll probably be a different civilization.

  • Kenny Ritchie

    So happy that Episode VIII is full-flung into principle photography.

  • Adavanter Mki

    Wait… you want to use my storefront for Star Wars? How much do I pay you for this privilege? Oh… you’re paying me? Have I died? Is this a dream? I don’t understand what’s happening… *faints*

    • Boberg

      That would have been me, indeed. Haha :D

    • TUD

      Accurate.

    • Michelle Lehto

      If I were that store owner, I’d actually be a little peeved. That means MONTHS of being forcibly closed.Sure, the money and publicity are nice, but that’s a looong time for a small, niche business to close its doors.

      • Captain Fantasma

        Months? They start shooting in a couple of weeks and — unless something has changed — they are only scheduled for a week of filming.

        • Michelle Lehto

          Oh, my mistake.
          Still a while to be closed for.

          • Captain Fantasma

            True, although I heard that the filming is at night as well, so maybe not so much.

          • Lord Phanatic “Wampa”

            I’m pretty sure the shop owner will be well compensated.

            • Jacob Andrew Hollander

              I’m sure the shop owner is making more money from doing this shoot than a week or two of sales, lol.

              • Lora

                Depends of the shop. Shops with expensive jewelry, make a lot of money.

      • Kicker2

        I am guessing he will be paid.

  • NYJD21

    Very medieval. Nice.

  • patvdaa

    Back to Naboo?

  • regeekery – JD

    They’re SURE these are for Star Wars Ep VIII !? Because there’s nothing whatsoever in any of these that indicate anything specific. Those photos could be sets for literally any movie from any genre.

    • Dani Català

      The rounded door looks StarWars to me.

      • Shaky Premise

        Reminded me of the Lars homestead… kinda.

    • Michelle Lehto

      You’re right, the sets confirmed to be for the next Star Wars film and used to transform the city in which the next Star Wars film will be shot, might not be for the next Star Wars film.

      • regeekery – JD

        well when you put it that way….

    • TUD

      Are there any other movies shooting in Dubrovnik right now?

      • obijuanmartinez

        TV’s Game of Thrones…

        • TUD

          Doesn’t look super GoT-ish to me.

          • obijuanmartinez

            Kings Landing, believe it or not!

            • TUD

              WOW.

    • Lora
    • Jacob Andrew Hollander

      Control panels on the building façade is a dead giveaway.

      • regeekery – JD

        yeah for sure. but when I originally commented on this, the pics with those control panels weren’t published.

  • TUD

    HYPE!!! I like that they’re dressing up the entire city instead of doing CGI alterations. It helps make the whole thing more impressive and Star Wars-y.

    • Samuel Wallace

      Nah, this actually looks lighter on “on-set location” effects than Naboo in Phantom Menace.
      ‘Bout the same really, their gonna use the 1st storey of the building and CGI the top / background. All part of the job.

      • TUD

        You think? Cool.

  • TheHumanBeingAndFish

    Neat! Very Naboo-ish. Hopeful that maybe we’ll get some more interesting locales this time around.

  • mifune

    Picture reminds me of Attack of the Clones deleted scene, the apartment of Padme family , filmed at Lake Como, Italy.

  • Clone11038

    Now that I think about it, it’s pretty obvious that J.J. and Trevorow were chosen because essentially they’re Spielberg proteges, but what was the criteria for Rian Johnson’s choice? His Looper is not exactly what I call a star wars-like film

    • Edgar Mellencamp

      Go watch the episodes he directed for Breaking Bad and Brick, dude’s a great director.

    • Joe Gil

      You think Trevorow is a good choice? 50% of his films are terrible, it’s even worse considering he’s only made two real films so far.

      • nph53

        jurrasic world isn’t terrible…

        • Joe Gil

          Everyone is entitled to their own opinion.

          • nph53

            they are, just know that most disagree with your position. hence why JW made bank and why trevorow was picked for IX. lucasfilm isn’t run by dummies after all. ;)

            • Vestigo

              JW was incredibly disappointing. I doubt that’s entirely on Treverow though, and Disney wouldn’t have chosen him if they didn’t see the potential. The same goes for Rian.

              • Jacob Andrew Hollander

                I’m honestly shocked that Jurassic World did as good as it did, can’t think of a better example of a completely pointless sequel made purely for the sake of making money.

            • The Divine God of Pooch Poo

              JW made money, but it was no masterpiece. The Transformers movies make money. Would you like Michael Bay to direct SW?

              • ShakierCleric: The Destroyer

                I agree, Dogs, that JW wasn’t a masterpiece. But, it was still entertaining.

              • nph53

                seriously? JW is a hundred times better then last three transformers “films”. is it a masterpiece? heck no. but it was a fun, enjoyable film that managed to do what even speilberg couldn’t do, make a proper sequel to jurrasic park.

                • The Divine God of Pooch Poo

                  That’s not my point. My point is that big budget return doesn’t always mean top quality. JW was fine. But for me it’s no stronger than the other two JP sequels. Similar can be said of movies like Star Trek Into Darkness, Man of Steel or Spectre. Movies that made a ton of money, but to whom the critical and fan reaction was more mixed than the movies that came before them.

                  Point is that saying “it made a load of money” as a justification for hiring people from another movie because of box office has always been a false argument because popularity doesn’t equate to top quality. I mentioned the Transformers movies because that’s a perfect example of a cash cow chose creative team you’d not want anywhere near Star Wars. By your logic Bay can come in and do Star Wars because his movies have been a great success and that’s the only qualifier.

                  Personally I found JW to be entertaining but largely unoriginal. Ironically it suffers from the same problem as Force Awakens in that regard….and everyone assumed that having Kasdan on board meant the greatest SW of all time, but if there is one weak point of TFA it’s the lazy and derivative script that Kasdan had a direct hand in. The fact is that Jurassic World is not in the same league as Jurassic Park and Trevorrow only has experience with one big budget franchise movie. Whichever way you look at it the hiring carries some level of risk. Everyone thought the quality of the spin offs was assured when they hired Josh Trank (whose preceding picture Chronicle was very good) and we know how that turned out.

                  Some people have criticisms of Jurassic World and are entitled to express them. Accordingly they are entitled to express reservations over Trevorrow if they feel they have reason. You have not seen any of his Star Wars output yet and so it’s not your job to prove to other people that his hiring means quality. Live and let live. I sincerely doubt anyone here hopes that he does anything other than a fine job.

                  • Kicker2

                    Who decides the absolute objective scientific standard of what a “quality” film is? Who?

                  • SonOfConstantDiligence

                    Everyone wants a quality film, sure. Once again though that’s never guaranteed even if you had the best of the best working on something. We can only maximize potential by making decisions based on that individual or team’s previous work.

                    Steven Spielberg is a good example, he’s made plenty of quality, popular films and is revered throughout Hollywood and the world. However, even he was responsible for directing some movies that can be considered not his best work (War of the Worlds comes to mind). George Lucas is another example, everyone thought that the prequels were going to be amazing after the success of the originals and look how they turned out as far as popularity and quality.

                    So, by no means can we simply assume that a movie will be good based purely on a director, or screenwriter’s previous work. That just gives us a good idea of what to expect. Experience does help though yes of course. Although, George Lucas didn’t have much experience making big budget films when he did the first Star Wars, he only had done a couple short films and American Graffiti at the time.

                    The risk is just multiplied when the young, up and coming directors are chosen for these big budget films which could pay off. Or it could totally tank, that remains to be seen.

          • Kicker2

            Of course. We know full well Hollywood is fueled by what makes the money. Otherwise 1977 would have been the first and last Star Wars had it bombed.

        • ShakierCleric: The Destroyer

          I agree. I really enjoyed it.

      • ShakierCleric: The Destroyer

        Good grief, man, Trevorrow has only made two movies. One a small independent film, called Safety Not Tomorrow, and a big budget film, which we all know is, Jurassic World.
        Either you liked both films or you didn’t. It’s obvious to me you didn’t like Jurassic World.

        • Joe Gil

          You should really read a comment before replying to it.
          There is a big difference between a film being good and it making money. You don’t have to like every film that someone makes, especially if one was a CGI brainfart that is riding the coattails of a franchise. He was chosen because he is part of the ‘in-crowd’. I didn’t expect most internet bandwagon nerds would agree with me. There are plenty of more experienced directors who are denied the chance, just because they don’t belong to a stable.

          • ShakierCleric: The Destroyer

            I saw Safety Not Guaranteed, and thought it was nice introduction to Trevorrow as a filmmaker.
            Jurassic World was in your opinion, terrible. Mine is that it was awesome. That’s why we have our own opinions.

            • SonOfConstantDiligence

              I don’t see why Jurassic World gets so much hate and therefore Trevorrow along with it.
              It is essentially a lot like TFA, except TFA has to set up for two more films. Jurassic World was just a callback to Jurassic Park which if you liked that movie, I don’t see why you’d not like Jurassic World. The worst part imo of Jurassic World was the subplot involving military raptors.

              • ShakierCleric: The Destroyer

                Maybe everyone was expecting something more from Jurassic World, instead of what we got. Either way, the movie set out to be a fun experience, and that’s what it was to me.

          • Kicker2

            Because you’re the one that should decide it all.

            • Joe Gil

              Yes, you are learning. Way to take everything literally.

          • Jacob Andrew Hollander

            The same is really true of JJ Abrams, he is the prime example of a relatively talentless hack that has gotten to the top by being a huge schmooze.

        • Me Vil

          Definetly, I prefer the Safety not guaranteed Trevorrow than the Jurassic One. Just my opinion. :P

          • ShakierCleric: The Destroyer

            Safety was an interesting movie, I’ll tell you that.

      • Kicker2

        Irvin Kershner made all those great films people loved before and after ESB….oh wait.

        • TUD

          LOL

        • Jacob Andrew Hollander

          All the same, Irvin Kershner wasn’t tapped because he was a talented unknown director, he was chosen because he was one of George Lucas’ professors from USC Film School.

          Totally different game now, I gotta admit, as much as I’m enjoying the new trilogy I don’t think they really picked directors that are all that talented when it comes to world building and such.

  • nph53

    it does have a strong naboo feel, but i hope its for a new planet. lets continue expanding the universe, not shrinking it. :)

    • Luz

      I hope not, I didn´t like Naboo in the PT.

      • Lora

        Naboo is one of my favorite worlds in Star Wars. Looks awsome.

        • Luz

          Some of it was nice.
          Some was totally kistch.
          None of it was Star Wars, may be Flash Gordon? not sure, but not Star Wars.
          All that is my humble opinion, of course.

  • ShakierCleric: The Destroyer

    Please Mr. Johnson, give us brand-new locations, like we got with Jakku in Force Awakens. I don’t want to revisit Naboo again.

    • Frank Marsteller

      Jakku? Why does everyone what to go back to Jakku?

      • ShakierCleric: The Destroyer

        Rey sure wanted to go back to Jakku a lot in Force Awakens.

    • TheHumanBeingAndFish

      Jakku was a “brand new location”? Sure looked like Tatooine to me.

      • ShakierCleric: The Destroyer

        That’s what everyone thought it was going to be. I think it’s possible that Jakku could be Tatooine’s identical twin planet. They look the same, but have different names.

    • Samuel Wallace

      That ain’t Naboo, that’s just a old-fashioned city. Are we gonna have to go over this every time they make a non-desert/forest/Coruscant/ice planet?

    • Darth Vedder

      There was nothing “new” about Jakku. Abrams didn’t even bother to provide the planet with a different look & feel to Tatooine like Lucas did with Geonosis, for instance. I’d rather visit new locations in Naboo rather than have my intelligence insulted by visiting another world previously seen in SW, disguised under a different name.

      • ShakierCleric: The Destroyer

        It was a new planet, whether you want to admit it or not. For all we know, Jakku could be Tatooine’s identical twin.

        • Darth Vedder

          I never said Jakku was not a new world. I said there was nothing new about it. Huge difference right there.

          Instead of going around telling people what they should/shouldn’t admit, go learn some reading comprehension instead, and stop wasting my time with foolish, unimaginative, la