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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Latest News
You probably heard that a new trailer arrived for Star Wars: The Force Awakens last week. Heck, you might have even seen it! If so, you’ve probably broken down that trailer, dissected it, analyzed it, and speculated. Well, these new official hi-res photos from Disney might help with that:
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Release Date
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the first big film adventure to a galaxy far, far away in 10 years, premieres on Dec. 18.Â And the news isn’t going to slow down just a couple of months before the big release.
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer
Watch the brand new trailer right here!
Here’s another trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens:
Want to know more about this trailer? Check out our complete in-depth analysis!
Here’s the original one, too…
This trailer offers a great first look into the new characters, as well as our first glimpse of the Millennium Falcon since Return of the Jedi! Boy, it’s been a very long time. It looks like a lot of those rumors we were talking about are true, after all.
We learned a whole lot more from the trailer in our analysis.
There’s a few seconds of extraordinarily cool new footage from Star Wars: The Force Awakens in this video that was just posted to the official Star Wars Instagram account. And is that new John Williams music, too?
Based on these few seconds, it seems that we finally know who Kylo Ren is facing in those snowy woods. John Boyega’s Finn wields the famous blue Skywalker lightsaber in that last little clip. He is almost definitely inexperienced with the weapon. There haven’t been any signs that point to Finn being a Force user, especially since he begins the movie as a Stormtrooper. Surely, the First Order would put a Force user to better use than an expendable pawn. Maybe Star Wars: The Force Awakens still has more than a few surprises up its sleeve?
At the Star Wars: The Force Awakens panel at SDCC 2015, the cast and crew of the film shared behind the scenes footage that revealed new details about the movie.
Although J.J. Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy underwhelmed at first by announcing that there wouldn’t be a new trailer or scenes for the public until the Fall, the behind the scenes footage did deliver plenty of new images that focused on several moments from the film.
Here it is below:
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Poster
As promised last week, we finally get the official poster for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and it’s absolutely a beauty. See any familiar faces? Also, whatever that giant big globe is in the background of the poster, it’s no moon…
There’s also an IMAX poster, which you can pick up through AMC.
The biggest Star Wars: The Force Awakens reveal at D23 was undoubtedly the new poster for the film, designed byÂ Drew Struzan, who also designed the posters for the Special Editions of the Original Trilogy and all of the prequel posters. The poster was handed out at Disney’s live action panel.
Here it is:
Many more posters have arrived in time for Force Friday’s big merchandising push for the new film. Here are three posters you can get right now:
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Plot
Unsurprisingly, we know little to nothing about the story ofÂ Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Nothing official, anyway (Story Rumors here). What we do know is that the new trilogy will see the old generation team up with a new generation of heroes to continue their fight against an oppressive force.
We do know that Daisy Ridley (Rey), John Boyega (Finn), and Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron) are the three young heroes that will inherit the battles of their predecessors. And there are at least four villains, Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and Supreme Lord Snoke (Andy Serkis), apparently strong in the dark side of the Force, and Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie) and General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson) rounding out the First Order cast.
Luke Skywalker’s old lightsaber also plays some sort of role in the film.Â
Most importantly, the story still pits two factions against each other: an oppressive militaristic and tyrannical government known as the First Order against a small band of freedom fighters known as the Resistance.
It was revealed during Star Wars Celebration that the Empire and the Rebel Alliance had been renamed. Following the events of Return of the Jedi, the Empire became the First Order. The Rebel Alliance turned into the Resistance, although there’s information to suggest that the Rebel Alliance managed to form a government known as the New Republic at some point between the two movies.
It would make sense that after the Battle of Endor, the fall of the Emperor, and the countless casualties on both sides, there would be some kind of change in the leadership and name of each faction. A distabilized Empire would probably go through some kind of reorganization that would re-label them the First Order.
We saw this happen in the Legends Expanded Universe. The Empire became the Imperial Remnant and eventually joined with the New Republic (the government that was born out of the Rebellion) during the Yuuzhan Vong conflict inÂ The New Jedi OrderÂ books. That’s all non-canon now, of course.Â
There’s only one confirmed location in the film: a desert junkyard planet called Jakku. We originally thought it was Tatooine, but J.J. Abrams confirmed the new planet during the Celebration panel.Â
At least two other planet scan be seen in the second The Force Awakens teaser, a forest world not unlike Endor and an ice planet not unlike Hoth. Take that how you will.Â
J. J. Abrams talked to EW about Star Wars: The Force Awakens for the magazine’s Fall Movie Preview, and revealed some new and very interesting details about Kylo Ren, one of the villains in the new films.Â
About the origins of Ren’s mask and lightsaber, Abrams said, “The movie explains the origins of the mask and where itâ€™s from, but the design was meant to be a nod to theÂ VaderÂ mask. [Ren] is well aware of whatâ€™s come before, and thatâ€™s very much a part of the story of the film.”
“The lightsaber is something that he built himself, and is as dangerous and as fierce and as ragged as the character,” Abrams continued.Â
The director went on to suggest that Ren could very well be an inverse to Luke Skywalker in terms of the character who comes from nothing:Â
“As you see in the best of storytelling, and no doubt the best of Star Wars, these are tales in which an everyperson has to step up. And I think that what makes Ren so unique is that he isnâ€™t as fully formed as when we meet a character such as Darth Vader,” Abrams said. “And I think that there are two sides to the Force. Both sides, arguably, would see themselves as the hero of their story, and I think that applies here.”
Last, but definitely NOT least is a small detail on Ren’s name. It would seem that “Ren” is actually a surname given to members of the Knights of Ren, like “Darth” for Sith Lords.
So there’s a whole new, villainous faction of Force users out there, huh? We’ll find out soon enough!
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Cast
Again, we’re only dealing with official character details on this page. That means that only CONFIRMED characters are on this list. Likewise, we’re not sure what characters many of the cast members are playing in the film, so we’ve kept our speculation off this list, too. Go to page 2 if you want that speculation, though.Â
Besides Han, Chewie, Luke, Leia, C-3PO, and R2-D2 (because you should already know them), here are the confirmed characters of Star Wars: The Force Awakens…
Daisy Ridley as Rey
John Boyega as Finn
Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron
Adam Driver as Kylo Ren
Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma (Chrometrooper)
Lupita Nyong’o as Maz Kanata
Andy Serkis as Supreme Lord Snoke
In an interview for StarWars.com, photographer Annie Leibovitz revealed the identity of Andy Serkis’ character in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. His name isÂ Supreme Leader Snoke. The previously unreleased photo above shows Serkis in motion capture gear. This is very unsurprising, of course, since the actor is known for his mo-cap roles, primarily Gollum in The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Who is Supreme Leader Snoke? Based on what we heard in the first teaser and the name, he might be the previously unidentified leader of the First Order. We may be looking at the main antagonist of the Sequel Trilogy!
Domhnall Gleeson as General Hux
During theÂ Star Wars: The Force AwakensÂ panel at SDCC 2015, it was revealed that Domhall Gleeson’s character is a First Order officer named General Hux. Gleeson said of his character, “I’m evil.” He also revealed that Hux is in charge of the First Order base, which is called Starkiller Base.Â
The rest of the cast, in undisclosed roles, is as follows:
Max von Sydow will also join the original stars of the saga. While their roles have not been confirmed, the internet has been guessing for months. Turn to page 2 for all that speculation.
Additionally, Carrie Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd, has joined the cast. What role she’s playing remains to be seen, but there’s some serious speculation about a rather obvious choiceÂ but she has revealed she’s definitely NOT playing a young Princess Leia.Â Christina Chong is also on board in an unnamed role. Game of Thrones‘Â Miltos Yerolemou also has a small role.Â
Lizo Mzimba has been tweeting out confirmation of a number of minor roles. According to him Jessica Henwick (Nymeria in Game of Thrones season 5), James McCardle (as someone named “Xavier), Tony Bailey (as a Stormtrooper…guess they aren’t clones anymore!), and Sam Carr (as a Padawan of some sort). Some badasses from The Raid 2 have also joined up.
Admiral Ackbar is back for one more TRAP! inÂ Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Actor Tim Rose, who played Ackbar inÂ Return of the Jedi, will reprise his role for the film, although he couldn’t divulge any more details than that.Â
â€œOut of the need to be secret, weâ€™re not actually able to get everything we need to do our jobs as well as we could,â€ Rose toldÂ The Australian. â€œAnd as someone who has been doing it for 35 years, I find it very frustrating.â€
We’ll continue update the character list as we learn more details!Â
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Images
Any second now, we’re gonna get that thirdÂ Star Wars: The Force AwakensÂ trailer. If not this month, then the next. Until then, we’re all left to speculate and find tips and clues in the merchanidse coming out for the new movie.Â
The latest little bit of info comes from Fathead, a company that specializes in vinyl wall graphics. Promotional material gives us a closer look at plenty of the characters, ships, and weapons in the new film, and even has one even more interesting detail: the new Stormtrooper blasters shootÂ blueÂ laser beams instead ofÂ red, according to the Finn image…
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It looks like we’ve got the running time for J.J. Abrams’Â The Force Awakens. The folksÂ over at Following the NerdÂ are reporting that the newÂ Star WarsÂ movie will run for 136 minutes.
That’d make it the third longestÂ Star WarsÂ film (Attack of the ClonesÂ is currently the longest, at 142 minutes), three minutes ahead ofÂ The Phantom Menace). This hasn’t been confirmed officially, we should note.
In other news,Â StarWars.com announcedÂ the release of a new art book calledÂ The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which will illustrate all the great designs and concepts behind the many characters, aliens, weapons, and ships of the new movie.Â
Here’s the very cool cover:
The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, written by Phil Szostak, is a portal that takes you from the earliest gathering of artists and production designers at Lucasfilm headquarters in San Francisco to the fever pitch of production at Pinewood Studios to the conclusion of postproduction at Industrial Light & Magic. Arriving in stores on Dec. 18, the same day thatÂ Star Wars: The Force AwakensÂ hits theaters, it takes fans deep inside the evolution of the film. Exclusive interviews with the entire creative team also provide a detailed look at what it took to bring director J. J. Abramsâ€™ vision to life, while the unused â€œblue skyâ€ concept art offers glimpses into roads not traveled.
Now, as we move on to this next page, beware, as that’s where the unconfirmed rumors, speculation, and potential spoilers begin…