Entertainment Weekly’s latest issue revealed some mind-blowing new images from STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS.
This article will deconstruct these 11 stellar new pictures from EPISODE VII with a quick nerdy blurb and revealing quotes from a new interview with J.J. Abrams and legendary screenwriter, Lawrence Kasdan.
If you have your own theories or impressions please leave a comment below. Now, let’s geek out!
Rumours suggest that Daisy Ridley’s character is a Skywalker, perhaps one half of twins born to Leia and Han. John Boyega is rumoured to be a dissenting storm-trooper turned hero. Most of these images look like they could be from the film’s first act. Let’s hope so. That way we’ll have lots of surprises in store.
These guys are probably newfound friends, running towards Ridley’s speeder-bike. This could be leading up to the moment in the trailer when Han swoops in with the Millenium Falcon to save the day.
The first teaser trailer began with Boyega “awakening”. Perhaps, it was after this crash. Did he leave something important inside? Was his mission to aid the Rebels in finding an important item? The Empire is probably hot on his tail. Regardless, the desert setting and practical FX really help sell the illusion of this fantastic universe.
Director, JJ Abrams, talks with Ridley in this behind-the-scenes photo. This image once again affirms the location shooting approach. The marketing has already ensured we are full aware of the new emphasis on practical FX. While this scene is something you could film on a green screen, it’s refreshing that Abrams insisted on real settings to aid his vision and the actor’s performances.
Absolutely badass! This Chrome Trooper has the cheesy sounding moniker Captain Phasma (named after cult classic horror movie PHANTASM) but it’d be wise not to upset her — that’s Gwendoline Christie inside, a.k.a. GAME OF THRONES’ badass Brienne of Tarth.
The shining metal armour looks like a medieval knight’s. The retro designs are a throwback to the 70s. The weapon’s barrel looks like Luke’s old lightsaber. She could be the Empire’s Boba Fett special assassin.
Brand new, you’re retro… R2-D2 and C-3PO reunited again. Looks like 3PO was unwise and upset a Wookie. This is a nice call back to the original trilogy for another reason too. Remember, the golden droid would always loose a bodypart and Chewbacca would be left to deal with it. We haven’t seen many images at all of the original cast (just Chewie and Han). It will be worth the wait, but this was a pleasant surprise.
NERD ALERT: Don’t bother searching for the leaked Luke Skywalker picture. It’s not worth it. It’s not a press release. It doesn’t have the proper lighting or framing either. That’s why it’s not included here. Keep that surprise for later. Maybe the next trailer in the Fall?
Kylo Ren, EPISODE VII’s big bad baddie. Adam Driver (from HBO’s GIRLS, and WHILE WE WERE YOUNG) is the man behind the mask. Wouldn’t it be interesting if he was Han Solo and Leia’s son? Imagine Solo with the Force? Would he always be able to control his emotions? This compelling twist could tie in with the image we saw of Darth Vader’s scorched helmet. Is Ren trying to learn more about his family? Or is he sent to find DNA or something to clone the Sith Lord?
Check out what the screenwriter (who also wrote EMPIRE STRIKES BACK and RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK. as well a rumoured young Han Solo feature) had to say about this important new character.
“I’ve written four Star Wars movies now, and there’s never been a character quite like the one that Adam plays. I think you’re going to see something that’s brand new to the saga… He’s full of emotion. No matter how we express ourselves in the world, whether we hide it and act very calm or whether we’re very out there and demonstrative, everybody’s roiling with emotion. And you want your characters to be that way, too. Then they have to deal with their emotions as best they can, with what they are.” – Lawrence Kasdan, quoted from Entertainment Weekly.
Check out that armoured creature. This is the kind of nerdy cool stuff fanboys have come to know and love. While it probably won’t factor into the plot, it definitely colours this new world.
It looks like Ridley may have rescued her robot or bought it back from Jawas or something. Or is this a handy travel satchel? This robot design is really cool. It’s amazing that this is a creation that really moves like that and not CGI.
Domhnall Gleeson portrays this evil general. This is the first image for this Grand Moff Tarkin looking character. Some rumours suggest this could be Luke’s son, but that’s probably one too many Skywalkers for one movie. This mysterious general could very well lead the charge in finding Boyega, or command Kylo Ren and Captain Phasma. Then again, he could simply be a subordinate conflicted between good and evil. It’s a fine line the series focuses on.
“The themes and ideas that we all continue to talk about are the themes and ideas that were the inherent in the original movies. We’re looking, obviously, for aspiration, for characters who are conflicted between good and evil, dark and light.” – Kathleen Kennedy (producer), from Entertainment Weekly
“The Empire has morphed into a junta known as The First Order, while X-Wing pilots like Oscar Isaac’s Poe Dameron now fly for a splinter group known as the Resistance.” – from Entertainment Weekly
Isaac should be the cynical joker of the bunch, like Solo was in the original trilogy. That boxy robot is another great throwback. Gronk! The black X-Wing behind him looks cool. Maybe it’s a stealth edition? The old school costuming is another plus. It helps make the world feel used and lived in, like the original trilogy. Could Isaac be working with Boyega in some sort of secret mission?
The visionaries of this new STAR WARS discuss their story on set with those super secret red scripts that explode after you finish reading them. The retro Empire set design is another great throwback. Reading what these two have to say about FORCE AWAKENS makes us fanboys feel like our sacred universe is in good hands.
“If those movies have been as big a part of your life as they’ve been for me and for J.J., you don’t have to do much reference work. It’s part of you, and you know what you’ve missed, what you want to bring back, and what you’re hoping the new trilogy will embody.” – Lawrence Kasdan, from Entertainment Weekly
The best image of the bunch! Kylo Ren in an intimdating an atmospheric pose. Epic framing.
The EW article is so great. There are a few online articles as well with these quoted interviews. Check them out with those links. Here’s what Abrams had to say about Ren. It is super compelling.
“The lightsaber is something that he built himself, and is as dangerous and as fierce and as ragged as the character… The movie explains the origins of the mask and where it’s from, but the design was meant to be a nod to the Vader mask. [Ren] is well aware of what’s come before, and that’s very much a part of the story of the film.” – J.J. Abrams, quoted in Entertainment Weekly
“He is a character who came to the name Kylo Ren when he joined a group called the Knights of Ren… He is not your prototypical mustache-twirling bad guy. He is a little bit more complex than that, and it was a great joy to work with Adam Driver on this role, because he threw himself into it in a deep and remarkable way.” – J.J. Abrams, quoted from Entertainment Weekly
Sounds like nerd dreams may come true. Ren could be a title like “Darth” or “Sith Lord”? Or his earlier name was Skywalker / Solo?
What do you guys and gals think? Is this bad guy related to Darth Vader? Will these movies tell the story of a Jedi as powerful as Anakin, tempted by the Dark Side, but ultimately turns back to the Light?
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