Filming for “Star Wars: Episode VIII” is well underway. Director Rian Johnson, his cast and crew are currently in the Croatian city of Dubrovnik, where they are taking advantage of the unique and centuries-old architecture as the setting for some as-yet undisclosed alien world.
Comingsoon managed to sneak some spy shots from the closed set, and it looks like some kind of posh gathering, complete with creatures in formal wear. The last shot (from Splash News) reveals a vehicle that is very likely a landspeeder. But more posh. This whole design aesthetic has Johnson written all over it, if you’re familiar with his films like “Brick” and “The Brothers Bloom”. It does look slightly at odds with the usual “Star Wars” look & feel, but that’s what makes Johnson such an interesting choice.
Here’s the official production notes: “Star Wars: Episode VIII, which is written and directed by Rian Johnson and continues the storylines introduced in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, welcomes back cast members Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, and Andy Serkis. New cast members will include Academy Award winner Benicio Del Toro, Academy Award nominee Laura Dern, and talented newcomer Kelly Marie Tran.
Star Wars: Episode VIII is produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman and executive produced by J.J. Abrams, Jason McGatlin, and Tom Karnowski. Joining the production crew will be some of the industry’s top talent, including Steve Yedlin (Director of Photography), Bob Ducsay (Editor), Rick Heinrichs (Production Designer), Peter Swords King (Hair and Make-Up Designer), and Mary Vernieu (US Casting Director). They will be joining returning crew members Pippa Anderson (Co-Producer, VP Post Production), Neal Scanlan (Creature & Droid FX Creative Supervisor), Michael Kaplan (Costume Designer), Jamie Wilkinson (Prop Master), Chris Corbould (SFX Supervisor), Rob Inch (Stunt Coordinator), Ben Morris (VFX Supervisor), and Nina Gold (UK Casting Director).”
“Star Wars: Episode VIII” premieres 15th December 2017.