As Rian Johnson and the cast and crew of Star Wars: Episode VIII are busily filming scenes in the city of Dubrovnik in Croatia, Disney/Lucasfilm is currently scouting new locations for the film in other locations across the globe…
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Thanks to website Entertainment.ie, we now know that Disney/Lucasfilm is currently making deals to film scenes in the countryside of this location in beautiful Ireland. Malin Head, in Donegal, Ireland is being scouted for location filming for Star Wars: Episode VIII. Here’s what the site had to say:
"It’s understood that a number of hotels and B&Bs have been block-booked for the month of May, with reports suggesting that extras are due to be cast for scenes filmed in Malin Head. It’s already been confirmed that Skellig Michael will feature prominently in Episode VIII, as will Ceann Sibeal."
It’s being reported that these sites will be part of Jedi Master Luke Skywalker’s planet of Ahch-To where he will presumably train Daisy Ridley’s character, Rey, in the ways of the Force, as a Jedi. The site has also confirmed that Rian Johnson plans on filming in the hills of Kerry, in Ireland as well.
In other location scouting news for Star Wars: Episode VIII, according to Spanish website Sopitas.com, Disney/Lucasfilm has been scouting the caves in Tláhuac and Iztapalapa.
"“They came scoutings film and toured Tláhuac and Iztapalapa. They were interested in caves and grottoes species is there. Due to its characteristics, they thought they could pretend to be from another planet, “the staff confirmed Film Commission of Mexico City.”"
So there you have it, Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: Episode VIII seems to be shaping up to be quite the globetrotting affair. Generally, when Star Wars deals with caves, it usually ends up being sinister in nature, could the cave system in Mexico be the layer of Supreme Leader Snoke? Or possibly his new dark apprentice presumably played by Benicio del Toro? I guess we’ll just have to wait until the halfway point of 2017, when we get that first trailer, to see.