Star Wars: The Last Jedi filmed in Dubrovnik at the beginning of last year and news has broken today that Dubrovnik will be a new planet in the galaxy – Canto Bight. The planet is, according to rumours, a casino planet which would seem to tie in with the scenes and set photos taken when the Star Wars crew filmed on the Stradun, the main street through the centre of the historic Old City.
Canto Bight could be a code name for the planet as no official news has yet been released by Lucas Films. On the 14th of April 2017 the first official trailer of the eighth edition of Star Wars is rumoured to be released, which might give us more information as to Dubrovnik’s final role.
During filming in Dubrovnik an explosion in front of a cafe bar was filmed as well as high speed chases. Whilst none of the major stars actually travelled to Dubrovnik their body doubles took their roles in the all action scenes. The former mayor of Dubrovnik, Andro Vlahusic, commented for The Dubrovnik Times that “Dubrovnik will be the first urban location in the Star Wars franchise.” This again would tie in with the rumours of a casino planet or Canto Bight. Whilst Dubrovnik was used as the location for the external shots for the Canto Bight the internal shots were filmed in Pinewood Studios in London.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is scheduled to be released on the 15th of December 2017.