As we’re now fully aware, production on Star Wars: Episode VIII is well underway in Dubrovnik, Croatia. While the main cast members remain hidden behind guards and walls, photos have surfaced revealing quite a few new alien characters.
In addition to these mystery creatures, set photos also reveal a landspeeder crashing what looks like a party. It was previously rumoured that this filming location would be used for the new home of Maz Kanata’s Cantina but the photos are inconclusive. Considering the heavy presence of aliens, that may well be true, but it also may be Corellia, the home world of Han Solo.
One of the more intriguing behind-the-scenes images is a ‘space horse.’ Again, we don’t know what exactly is going on in the photo but there is a woman on the horse’s back – could it be a stunt double for one of the cast members?
Star Wars: Episode VIII has also been filming on the Ocean cruiser the Sea Star, with scenes taking place on the beach. This will be the first-ever Star Wars movie to have action set against the waves. Making Star Wars (via Squareeyed) have this rather detailed report about development there:
“As the Star Wars crew waits for wind to calm, here are some quite interesting photographs caught by our Grgo Jelavić. They depict what obviously seems a socialization sequence preparation aboard the Sea Star in the Gruž harbor, and if you look a bit closer, you’ll easily notice a refined table designed spotted on Stradun: this time, however, the conical tables appear to be silver-and-gold painted, instead of a previous predominantly bronze nuance.
“The senatorial crowd is still present, as is the giant green screen as a backdrop…Moreover, your readers should remember that we’ve already mentioned the Asian-Americans among the dignitaries as well: here’s a proof, and the guy appears to check a silver-and-azure (aquatic?) two-seat speeder on the photograph enclosed. Our sources claim it’s the same vehicle that was tarped and transported to the Banje beach before…”
You can find some of the set photos below, including the ‘space horse,’ the mysterious alien creatures and the landspeeder.