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With Star Wars: Episode 8 about to move from London to Dubrovnik, the news and rumors have begun to pile up. In today’s edition of Episode 8 Bits:

  • Week two of filming on Episode 8 begins.
  • The Dubrovnik, Croatia sets have begun to take shape.
  • Mark Hamill shares a photo from the set.
  • Benicio Del Toro chats about Episode 8.
  • Rumors of a certain action scene have taken shape.
  • And more!

Filming on Star Wars: Episode 8 has officially entered its second week and director Rian Johnson took to Twitter to make sure everyone is aware of this. Feel free to scan that crossword puzzle for hidden clues, but the real question you should be asking is what location he’s filming in. Because that control panel certainly looks like it belongs the First Order.

Star Wars Episode 8 shooting

Meanwhile, Episode 8 is preparing to start filming in Dubrovnik, Croatia very soon and the rumors are already starting to fly fast and furious. A few days ago, we learned that sets were currently being constructed and one street was being prepped for a what looked like a major chase sequence. Now, local news outlets are starting to report that Benicio Del Toro, who is playing a villain in the film, has been spotted in the area. Making Star Wars provided the rough English translation below, which claims that the Oscar-winning actor will be on hand for one week of shooting:

Recording in Dubrovnik is scheduled to last for seven days, and it is rumored to Dubrovnik could host Benicio Del Toro, which is offered the role of villain.

However, it cannot be confirmed if Del Toro is actually in the area or if this is just speculation run amuck. After all, the same outlets claim to have seen Carrie Fisher in the area and her Twitter feed currently has her still on set in London,


Before we fall further down the Dubrovnik rabbit hole, let’s focus on Del Toro for a moment. He was recently the subject of an article in the Toronto Sun and, naturally, the subject of Episode 8 came up. And, naturally, he remained pretty tight-lipped about the whole thing:

Actor Benicio del Toro has a refreshingly clear-eyed view of being involved with the juggernaut that is Star Wars: Episode VIII: “It’s scary.” The Sicario star is laughing a bit when he adds, “It’s scary because there’s a lot of talk that I’m going to be in that movie — before I’ve even shot one scene! But I’m excited, too.”

Del Toro will now go from the small independent movie, A Perfect Day, to the behemoth that is Star Wars. “I’m in a lucky position that I’ve been able to do some independent movies and some not-so-independent movies,” he says. “But I don’t work differently on independent movies and studio films — my approach to Star Wars or any movie I do is pretty much the same. You work with the character, you try to bring something and you learn your lines.”

He’s looking forward to Star Wars. “I really enjoyed Episode VII. And I’ve enjoyed Star Wars, especially the first one — I think it’s called Episode IV now. And Return of the Jedi, and The Empire Strikes Back — I’m not a Star Wars buff like some out there, but as a kid I really liked those films, like, way before I ever thought I was going to be in movies. There’s something of a nostalgia thing that gets you excited about being part of the Star Wars world.”

If Del Toro is playing a villain in the film (and it certainly seems like he is), it’s time to start wondering how he fits into the bigger picture. Will he be working with the First Order or another group? Will he be giving orders to Kylo Ren or taking them? In any case, how cool is it that we’re getting Benicio Del Toro in a Star Wars movie?

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