Cities aren’t usually the focus of most Star Wars planets (unless you’re dealing with something like Coruscant), but it looks as though Star Wars: The Last Jedi will change things up a bit by having a city serve as the primary focus of an as-of-yet unnamed world. The casino-based city of Canto Bight will play a big part in Finn’s mission for the Resistance.
As many familiar with Star Wars will tell you, the franchise stood out by moving away from using sci-fi conventions that were prevalent in the 1970s – namely, making sure that everything looked pristine – in favor of giving the majority of planets a used, “lived-in” feel to them. Director Rian Johnson told Vanity Fair that he decided that it’d be a good idea to move away from that for this specific location:
“[Canto Bight is] a Star Wars Monte Carlo–type environment, a little James Bond–ish, a little To Catch a Thief. It was an interesting challenge, portraying luxury and wealth in this universe. I was thinking, O.K., let’s go ultra-glamour. Let’s create a playground, basically, for rich assholes.”
There’s a good reason that this place is going to look much different from the worlds we’re so used to seeing in these movies – the city is more or less an oligarchical state formed away from the New Republic, a government in peril following the destruction of the entire Hosnian System (which served as the capitol). Pablo Hidalgo, a crucial member of the Lucasfilm Story Group that helps to oversee story development for their films, also told Vanity Fair the following:
“What we’re going to see in The Last Jedi are some people who have managed to carve out a life for themselves where they can live apart from the galactic struggle. They found a way to live above it or beyond it. There’s a class of wealthy that have helped build all sorts of loopholes in society that will always ensure that they’ll survive or even thrive no matter what else is happening out there.”
So perhaps the hubris that the citizens of Canto Bight display, thinking that they won’t at all be affected by the coming war that will put the entire Galaxy in jeopardy, could serve as their downfall. Oddly enough, there’s no word about the planet that this city is located on will be called – but for now, we’ve at least got confirmation that this is the name of the location that Dubrovnik, Croatia was meant to represent.
Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi will rise on December 15, 2017. The movie’s cast includes Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa, Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn, Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, Lupita Nyong’o as Maz Kanata, Kelly Marie Tran as Rose Tico, Laura Dern as Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo, Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma, Andy Serkis as Supreme Leader Snoke, Domhnall Gleeson as General Armitage Hux, Benicio Del Toro as “DJ”, Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca, Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, and Jimmy Vee as R2-D2.
Source: Vanity Fair