Star Wars Dubrovnik! Episode 8 locks this futuristically enhanced Old Town locale into history and future travel itineraries. In addition to functioning as King’s Landing in HBO’s hit series, Game of Thrones, Dubrovnik will also serve as the backdrop for the upcoming film of the iconic trilogy of trilogies. This Venetian coastal town at the southern tip of Croatia merits a visit for the ancient history and beauty alone. Moving forward, people will trek to this Old Town because it is an intergalactic futuristic setting.
Star Wars Dubrovnik Set
The main street, Stradun, now supports new “rock” entry arches and columns that protrude out from the buildings.
This is on both sides of a street big enough for three cars to easily sit side by side.
That width could be important because there has already been a land speeder sighting in the area.
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But a casual passing of a land speeder may be tame compared to the action set to unfold in Croatia. It seems pretty certain that there will be some explosive action on this set. These newly constructed columns show damage from some type of blast. Multiple damaged columns on both sides of the street are more than just an accidental bump from a droid or land speeder. Also, the overlay to show a full column rests on the ground behind this set designer.
Around the corner of Stradun, the main street in Dubrovnik, Onofrio’s Fountain has been updated for the future with white neon vertical posts around it. These cover plain concrete half pillars that are part of the original design.
Next to the fountain lies a large area where any number of scenes could be played out ranging from a thriving city market to a far-reaching lightsaber dual. At the end of Stradun Street and behind the fountain stands scaffolding with plywood all around it which is likely to be green screen allowing for an epic buildout of the rest of the details in the CG realm.
Dubrovnik has history as a hub for international commerce, a destination for refuge and conflict, and as a leader in medicine and thought. Any of these past realities could fit well with an upcoming Star Wars motif.
The extras are ready. Set designers are finishing some augmentation of an already impressive stage. Old Town closure begins this week. Ready. Set. Action! Dubrovnik now has Star Wars as part of its history. And Star Wars has one amazing Balkan destination on its’ list of amazing locales. Dubrovnik has many monikers which, moving forward, can include #StarWarsDubrovnik and #GameOfIntergalacticThrones.