Elsewhere, Anthony Daniels (better known as C-3PO) engaged in a little humble-bragging about having read the screenplay for Episode 8. And can you blame him? Anyway, the omnipresent Rian Johnson had the perfect response:

So here’s the question now: if Daniels has read the screenplay and everyone is descending on London for filming within the next few weeks, does this mean Johnson’s rewrites are finished? As you may know, the change in release date for Episode 8 allowed additional work to be done on the screenplay, mostly to bulk up the roles of Finn, Rey, Poe, and Kylo Ren after they proved so popular with audiences. The fact that Carrie Fisher has also been sharing photos from England has led to speculation that the script is totally finished and the cast has already participated in a table read.

Oh, and of course there’s a new picture of Gary, Fisher’s adorable dog and the real star of the Star Wars universe:

However, there is some potential trouble on the horizon for Episode 8. Several film productions are facing stoppages due to a potential strike by English lighting technicians, who are demanding a 20% raise after four years of flat salaries. The BECTU, the UK’s media and entertainment union, were not particularly gracious at the bargaining table and things essentially went belly-up. If there is a strike, will it last long enough to delay Episode 8?

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But filming won’t be exclusively limited to England and Pinewood studios. A little while back, we heard rumors that certain sequences would be shot in Dubrovnik, Croatia, a city already on the geek radar since it’s also the stand-in for King’s Landing on Game of Thrones. Now, The Dubrovnik Times has confirmed that yes, Star Wars: Episode 8 will film there:

The Force is indeed coming to Dubrovnik! Rumours were flying around yesterday that the eighth episode of Star Wars was planned to be partly recorded in Dubrovnik. And now The Dubrovnik Times can confirm that the rumours are actually TRUE.

And The Dubrovnik Times has learned from more than one reliable inside source that the rumours are true, Star Wars will indeed be filmed in Dubrovnik this year. The City of Dubrovnik and the Mayor of Dubrovnik met with the film producers at the end of 2015 and, according to our source, the city can look forward to being the host of yet another major film production.

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