Speculation on Episode VIII Planet Name and Scene Being Filmed in Dubrovnik
As we’ve seen yesterday, many extras that are being seen in Dubrovnik shoot for Star Wars Episode VIII are clad in dark black robes. Recent information that has come to light suggests that these robes are not meant to conceal the character’s costumes, but that they are their costumes – and that, based on a bit of circumstantial evidence, it appears as though the extras could be attending a funeral alongside a major returning character.
Unmarked spoilers for The Force Awakens will follow.
A word of warning is that some of this stuff might come across as a bit of a stretch at times. Then again, we won’t be seeing this film for nearly two years, so there’s definitely room for this kind of weird speculation.
Anyway, let’s get the big spoiler out of the way right now: I’m presuming that the footage being shot will in part feature the funeral procession of Han Solo, who – as you know – was murdered by his mentally-unstable son at the end of the last movie. Since he fell into a burning-hot chasm that was subsequently destroyed by the implosion/explosion of Starkiller Base, there’s no body left to bury, but that doesn’t mean that there’s not time for the Resistance to mourn a fallen hero – based on the below image, it seems as though Leia temporarily ceases the war effort in order to mourn the death of her husband.
The image above was tweeted by Carrie Fisher herself, but was quickly deleted back in December 2015. The outfit itself does not seem particularly Leia-like, so I would imagine that she’s only wearing it for such a grave occasion. (Indeed, the site that I’ve linked to outright claims that it’s a funeral gown.) If I’m on the right track, then both this and the revealed footage of Luke and Rey on Ahch-To suggest that Episode VIII will be an immediate sequel to the previous film, which is unprecedented for a Star Wars movie.
But more importantly is the matter of where in the Galaxy the funeral is being held. I can imagine that the planet that is housing this funeral procession is one of two places – Han’s home planet of Corellia, or the New Republic’s former capitol, Chandrila. My reasoning for this really just boils down to a single letter, but bear with me. Take a look at these characters:
Aside from their resemblance to McQuarrie’s concept art for Imperial Guards (along with the Rebel soldiers from A New Hope), fans who are experts in understanding the Aurebesh alphabet suggest that the headpieces of their uniforms spell out CBPD – with the last two letters potentially standing for “Police Department”. So if the first letter is “C”, then that might just refer to the name of the planet. Either Corellia or Chandrila would be thematically-appropriate – the former was Han’s birthplace, and would serve as a fitting place to provide remembrance to one of the greatest heroes in the Galaxy, while the latter is the New Republic’s former capitol (as revealed in the Journey To The Force Awakens books) and would likely be sympathetic to the Resistance.
Also interestingly costume designer Michael Kaplan (the person who is holding Leia’s costume in the image we’ve already discussed) was on set during the filming of the procession scene.
Again, keep in mind that this is just a speculation. I am pretty sure that we will be getting some answers in the next few days. What do you think? Is Dubrovnik a stand in for Corellia, or Chandrila? Could this be Han Solo’s funeral? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.
Grant has been a fan of Star Wars for as long as he can remember, having seen every movie on the big screen. When he’s not hard at work with his college studies, he keeps himself busy by reporting on all kinds of Star Wars news for SWNN and general movie news on the sister site, Movie News Net. He served as a frequent commentator on SWNN’s The Resistance Broadcast.