Dubrovnik Is The Unofficial Nerd Capital Of The World After Appearing In 'Game Of Thrones' And 'Star Wars'

Have you seen Star Wars: The Last Jedi yet? If not, you're probably staying well clear of social media and certain parts of the internet because you don't want any spoilers.

Well, fear not - we'll not be spoiling anything (I'm not Holly Willoughby after all) but we can tell you some things about it that are out in the open now, but don't ruin the story.

The new film uses a load of new locations that meant that the cast and crew had to get to some pretty remote places. For example, Ahch-To was filmed on a remote island called Skellig Michael off the coast of Ireland.

We can only imagine what the locals would have made of Luke Skywalker tipping up in their part of the world.

However, one of the places they filmed is now basically making a strong case to be voted the unofficial fantasy nerd capital of the world. Dubrovnik, Croatia.

Credit: PA

Credit: PA

The historic old city features in both Star Wars and Game of Thrones, so must be raking in the money from tourists dressed as both Wookies and White Walkers.

In the Star Wars universe it acts as the casino city of Canto Bight and looks massively different - the team put a load of CGI over the top of it - but it looks a lot more like real life when it is the capital city of Westeros - Kings Landing.

The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson said: "Every other day we are in a new incredible location, Croatia was the perfect place to shoot Canto Bight -we're in this alleyway in Dubrovnik smashing speeders and it was just one of those 'Oh my gosh, what are we doing?' moments".

We can only imagine that he saw the city in Game of Thrones and thought to himself, "You know what would make this better? Why don't we CGI a load of spaceships on top of it?"

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Game of Thrones is good and everything, but it does have a distinct lack of exploding spaceships.

Anyway, if you want to go to Dubrovnik - and let's face it, it looks great - you can, as there are already themed holidays that you can book for both Game of Thrones and Star Wars-themed tours.

The Croatian coastline will soon be swarming with fans of both shows looking to get a piece of the action. The locals are already getting pissed off about it, but businesses must be rubbing their hands.

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Chris Ogden

Chris Ogden is a journalist at LADbible. He graduated from the University of East Anglia with degrees in English Literature and Creative Writing before completing his NCTJ Diploma in Multimedia Journalism. Chris has previously written for the independent culture magazine The Skinny, among other publications.

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