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Star Wars Episode VIII to film scenes in Dubrovnik

Star Wars: Episode VIII will spend a week filming scenes on location in the Croatian city of Dubrovnik next month.

The film started shooting at Pinewood Studios in London this week and will continue the space opera saga where Star Wars: The Force Awakens left off. 

Croatia is a popular European filming location with a 20% cash rebate for films and TV series. In recent years its highest-profile international production has been HBO’s Game of Thrones, which used Dubrovnik as a stand-in for the Westeros capital King’s Landing. 

The Star Wars production team is expected to spend around €5m for the few days of filming in Dubrovnik, and the city itself will reportedly stand in for a new alien planet.

Production for Star Wars: The Force Awakens also visited Abu Dhabi and European locations including the small island of Skellig Michael off the south-west coast of Ireland.

The next movie in the franchise to be released in cinemas will be Rogue One: A Star Wars story in December this year. Star Wars: Episode VIII will come out in December 2017.

Disney acquired Star Wars production company Lucasfilm for $4bn in 2012 and has already recovered half its investment in international box office from The Force Awakens. 

For more on filming in Croatia see our production guide.