Shooting has begun on Star Wars: Episode VIII and we have a bit of a roundup of news tidbits concerning the sequel that we missed over the last couple of weeks.
Guardians of The Galaxy’s Benicio del Toro, Jurassic Park‘s Laura Dern and newcomer Kelly Marie Tran have officially joined the cast in key roles according to a press release from Lucasfilm.
It’s possible Kelly Marie landed the role that many young actresses had been testing for opposite John Boyega’s Finn. There’s been some speculation that del Toro could be playing a villain in the film.
Unconfirmed title rumors for the project include Star Wars: Tale of The Jedi Temple and Star Wars: The Order of The Dark Side.
Something that is real, is that Episode VIII is actually shooting on location in Croatia at the moment and we have some interesting set photos to share. The production code-name for the shoot is Space Bears, referring to an SNL sketch that used that term for Ewoks from Return of The Jedi.
The website DuList has been posting a wave of shots locally sourced from the surrounding Dubrovnik area, the current location of the Croatian shoot. Some of these sets look to be in public spaces, and have storefronts being redressed for scenes. We also noticed some vehicles and some costumes spotted on the set as well.
A fan theory suggests Croatia could be doubling for the unused “Exotic City” from Force Awakens concept art.
It feels like director Rian Johnson will be continuing Abrams’ practicality with the production’s special effects and we hope this is a key element of all future Star Wars films.
Speaking of Johnson, he posted a behind the scenes himself on his Tumblr page.
The image is of cinematographer Steve Yedlin and what looks to be the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon.
We’re starting to assume that unlike Abrams, we could be getting more little titbits like this from the social media savvy Rian, who posted a handful of production photos while making his last film Looper. Actress Daisy Ridley has even mentioned the film will be less secretive than the last installment.
Also, Carrie Fisher posted this image of concept art for what looks like funeral garb for General Leia.
SOURCE: DULIST & RIAN JOHNSON