“One thing that we can definitely confirm is that Robin Hood will come to Dubrovnik, in January and February next year we will see Robin Hood on the Stradun,” commented the Mayor of Dubrovnik, Andro Vlahusic, at a press conference. Dubrovnik is fast becoming the most desirable film location in Europe with the new Leonardo DiCaprio produced Robin Hood movie being the fifth major international production in the past few years.
The HBO mega-serial Game of Thrones opened interest in Dubrovnik when the second season was filmed in location in and around the historic city. It can be argued that Game of Thrones was the initiator for all the film crews that followed. “We have had the most watched television serial of all time, Game of Thrones, which picked up twelve awards recently; more than 200 million people will see this serial, great promotion for Dubrovnik. The most popular serial of all time, and we are the host,” empathised the mayor.
Bollywood followed, and the blockbuster “Fan” with the biggest name in the Bollywood world, Shah Rukh Khan, opened up a new market. When you already have the most popular serial of all time and the top star of Bollywood is there any way to improve your rating? The answer was the prevalent movie franchise in the world, Star Wars. In March this year the stone facades of Dubrovnik were transformed into a galaxy far, far away as sections of the latest episode of Star Wars were filmed. “Star Wars will have its world premiere on the 17th of December 2017 and once again Dubrovnik will be in the spotlight,” added Vlahusic.
And just to add a cherry on the top of the Dubrovnik film cake the History Channel brought the world of the Templars to the city with their follow-up to the critically acclaimed “Vikings” entitled “Knightfall.” The Bay of Pile directly under the ancient walls was the locations for this ten-part serial. “Last week the filming of the new History Channel serial “Knightfall,” following the journeys of the Templar knights and King Richard the Lionheart, was largely filmed right here,” commented the mayor.
And now Dubrovnik is on the verge of its most expensive and most star-studded movie ever. Produced by Leonardo DiCaprio and starring a handful of Oscar winners the production of the blockbuster is expected to be filmed in January and February next year. “One thing that we can definitely confirm is that Robin Hood will come to Dubrovnik, in January and February next year we will see Robin Hood on the Stradun,” concluded Vlahusic. Adding that it will be the biggest film production in Dubrovnik, and the “significantly more expensive than the Star Wars filming.” He also confirmed that more than a hundred people will be involved in the production and that the directors of the latest version of Robin Hood stayed in Dubrovnik last week.
It is rumored that Dubrovnik will be the location for Nottingham Castle; however exact dates of filming and locations have yet to be confirmed. It is known that Oscar winner Jamie Foxx has the role of Little John and that the lead role of Robin Hood will be played by Welsh actor Taron Egerton, famous for his role in Kingsman: The Secret Service. His partner, Maid Marion, will be played by Irish actress Eve Hewson, who is the daughter of Bono from U2. Robin Hood: Origins will be directed by Otto Bathurst.