J.J. Abrams Tweets About Apple Watch from “The Death Star”.

Death Star interior

J.J. Abrams shared a note on Twitter mentioning the latest Apple product – AppleWatch. Curiously the note was posted on a familiar background…




The reflections on the table are the same as the wall decorations from the Death Star in A New Hope. The note was made to look like it was laying on the conference room table.



Of course the Death Star was destroyed but most likely this decoration element will be used in imperial ships and facilities throughout the new trilogy. Still it’s another cool hint suggesting about the visual style of the upcoming movie – much influenced by the Original Trilogy.


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66 thoughts on “J.J. Abrams Tweets About Apple Watch from “The Death Star”.

  • September 10, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    I don’t think it’s the Death Star even though some of the reflections suggest do, maybe. Think maybe a Star Destroyer.

    • September 10, 2014 at 6:16 pm

      Of course. The Death Star was destroyed. 🙂

      • September 10, 2014 at 6:28 pm

        …or was it?

        • September 10, 2014 at 6:46 pm

          LOL! Yeah the Emperor probably created a massive Force illusion while it jumped into hyperspace.

      • September 10, 2014 at 7:19 pm

        Both of them.

      • September 11, 2014 at 4:51 am

        If we look at the picture carefully, the pattern is different.
        But it is evident that it follows the imperial style.
        Palpatine liked these patterns, and they appear in the new trilogy as well. (Episode I, Naboo, end battle scene)
        Or in TCW at the end of the fifth season. (Ahsoka escape episodes – prison and court)

  • September 10, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    Maybe it’s Luke who needs the watch, having lost track of time for a decade or more!

  • September 10, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    Was that photo taken in Imax? 😮

  • September 10, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    I can imagine a “Hidden imperial Fortress” 😛

  • September 10, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    I hope it’s not a third Death Star.

  • September 10, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    I hope it’s a third Death Star

  • September 10, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    Death star number 3 come on down. Really hope it’s just a star destroyer or something

  • September 10, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    Hopefully not another death star. Please. Or any ship or star destroyer in general for that matter. Would be nice to have a change and see an imperial base on a planet.

    • September 10, 2014 at 7:12 pm

      Imperial base on Endor in ROTJ?

      • September 10, 2014 at 7:34 pm

        It would be nice to see something original PERIOD. I am getting sick and annoyed by all these reused designs from the OT. This is 30 years after ROTJ, things should look different, not the same.

        • September 10, 2014 at 7:44 pm

          You’re the minority opinion here.

          Plenty of new things will be seen in VII, but thank goodness they went back to the originals.

        • September 10, 2014 at 8:09 pm

          What are you talking about? This is only 35 years after ROTJ. Not 100+ years. The look and feeling and tone has to be very similar. Using Mcquarries unused concept art is therefore genius. I’m just saying it would be nice to see an imperial base instead of an imperial ship. But the aesthetics, tone, feeling, look all have to be very similar.

        • September 10, 2014 at 8:17 pm

          It’s called “visual continuity”

  • September 10, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    lol. Everything built by the Empire had the same look & feel. This could easily be the reflection of the walls on an Imperial space station, for instance. The Empire had many space stations spread all across the galaxy, at least if Han’s words in ANH are to be believed.

  • September 10, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    I’m sure JJ has more than enough sense not to throw another death star in the plot. It has to be a Star Destroyer or imperial base of some kind.
    The guy probably lies awake at night thinking about the public’s reaction to the first trailer and sleeps soundly knowing the movie is going to kick ass. If that’s the case, the guy doesn’t have to do anything right again. He directed a damn good Star Wars movie.

    • September 10, 2014 at 7:25 pm

      I agree 100% with the first part of your post.

      As for the second part, I wouldn’t be too sure about that. Looks to me like expectations for Ep. VII are building up to the same impossible heights as they were for the PT. If Abrams strays just a bit off the path that most OT fans are expecting him to take with this film, it will be considered a major disappointment by many (again, just like the PT).

      Taking into consideration that Abrams ceiling seems to be making good, entertaining films (though no classic masterpieces by any stretch of the imagination) the risk of this happening seems extremely high, IMO.

      I’d rather temper my expectations, and be pleasantly surprised, rather than going into the theater expecting Ep. VII to be the best SW film since TESB.

      • September 10, 2014 at 7:45 pm

        That last part of my post was mostly joking around, I’m pretty much on the same page as you as far as expectations are concerned. When we hear “Star Wars Episode VII” it’s hard to suppress Speculation and higher our expectations of the film, but there’s really not much good that it’ll do. In the end, it’s always best to just wait patiently for the film to be released, as hard as that may be.
        I think there will be a lot of disappointment in this movie for fans, as we know it is impossible for every Star Wars fan to be satisfied, but I think there will be quite a lot of good to come out of this movie. It may not be all we hope for it to be, but I have faith that it’ll do the job well.

        • September 10, 2014 at 11:06 pm

          Now I understand what you mean, Why Wing.

          IMO, since Lucas wrapped up the whole saga by killing off the Sith at the end or RotJ (for good or ill), I keep having this nagging feeling that the ST’s overall story (and the villains, mainly) could end up being very lame for my taste.

          I’m certainly looking forward to the ST, just not with the same sense of anticipation and eagerness as I waited for every SW film released after I watched ANH back in ’77. Hopefully I’m wrong, and Abrams and Kasdan have come up with a GREAT story to pick up the saga after RotJ.

          That said, I definitely believe that expecting less and being pleasantly surprised is much better than feeling let down over and over again. This is the attitude I had when I went to see Nolan’s Batman films, for instance, and it worked. So here’s hoping that lighting can strike on the same place twice.

      • September 10, 2014 at 8:09 pm

        Darth Vedder:

        Don’t give us that hogwash that the Prequels failed because of insane fan expectations. They failed because they were poorly made films with characters who didn’t connect well with general audiences. I thought kid Vader was strange, but I was willing to give it a chance.

        VII will likely disappoint some fans in places, but I fully expect JJ and company to at least learn from Lucas’ main mistakes. So far, so good. Greater attention to characters and story, more real sets and locations, more real costumes and puppets, etc. Even with some missteps, don’t count on this being another Episode I.

        • September 10, 2014 at 8:14 pm

          There’s absolutely no way this movie could be a bigger flop than episode 1 and like you said, that wasn’t due to fan expectations. JJ and the team have the prequels as a “what not to do” reference and I think they’re taking all of it’s failures into consideration, securing EpVII’s success upon release even more.

        • September 10, 2014 at 10:55 pm


          Regardless of the PT’s quality (or lack thereof) as films, look & feel does not a film make.

          Even if Abrams were able to capture the OT’s look & feel, it still remains to be seen if the man can deliver a good film. And based on what I’ve seen from him so far, Ep. VII might not be another Ep. I (in your eyes that is, as I happen to like Ep. I more than ALL of Abrams films combined to this day) but don’t expect another Ep. IV or V yourself.

          All I was saying in my previous post is that expectations for this film should be tempered. Because if (just “if”, mind you) Abrams does not deliver on what fans like you are expecting, PT haters (like you seem to be) will quickly turn into ST haters too.

          • September 10, 2014 at 11:16 pm

            I like JJ Abrams films, especially MI3 and Super 8. I never got into the TV series Lost, though.

          • September 11, 2014 at 8:15 pm

            I don’t think it’s necessarily fair to say that in the case that JJ doesn’t deliver exactly what we expect that we’ll be disappointed just based on the reactions to the PT. Like Why Wing said, there’s good reasons not to like the PT as a set of movies. I think a lot of us are really hoping to be surprised by brand new things. There’s this bizarre insinuation that people who don’t like the PT don’t like it because it’s different. That’s not the case. People don’t dislike the PT because they thought X,Y, and Z were going to happen and they didn’t– they didn’t like the PT because they were poorly executed as films. If JJ nails the right tone and feel as he seems to be doing, and makes as good a Star Wars movie as Star Trek (2009) was (let’s be real, that Star Trek movie was the best Star Wars movie since 1983) then I think most of us going to be happy with whatever. We’re not irrational hate machines that just dislike everything that’s not the OT. I like to think our tastes are a little more flexible than that– thus the ready acceptance of a lot of fans of parts of the EU before they were made non-canon. Hell, I love the Kotor universe as much as anything in the OT.

          • September 11, 2014 at 10:59 pm

            I never said that people will be disappointed based on reactions to the PT. I said that having incredibly high expectations for the ST will lead many people to be disappointed, as was the case with the PT for many.

            I’m also not arguing the many reasons why so many people dislike the PT (not me, though. I like the PT just fine). I am merely touching upon one of those many reasons: high expectations usually lead to disappointment. And that’s as in everything in life, not just a trilogy of films.

            If Abrams nails the right tone and feel that still doesn’t guarantee anything other than he nailed the OT’s original look & feel. It doesn’t mean that Ep. VII will be a great film. That depends on many other factors.

            Once there’s more to discuss on this (like the script, the new bad guys, the Big Three’s role, so on and so forth) one can make a much more educated guess on whether Ep. VII will deliver as many expect, or if it will be another typical Abrams product: a very entertaining film, though certainly nothing special or memorable.

  • September 10, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    Has anyone considered his choice of lettering?

    An obvous clue is the reflection of the lighting, but what about the emphasis on the word WATCH?

    Yes, it is referreing to the AppleWatch, but could it serve as a double meaning?

    • September 10, 2014 at 8:25 pm

      Maybe it’s a message within the message just telling everyone to shutup and watch?

    • September 10, 2014 at 8:54 pm

      Some rumors are saying there will be a release of the OT on iTunes soon. So maybe he can WATCH it on his WATCH.

    • September 11, 2014 at 6:18 pm

      It is a very big WATCH!

      He is either begging for a freebie (which he will obviously get) or WATCH is indeed in the title…

      The Watch of the Sith

    • September 15, 2014 at 5:41 am

      Yes, the big emphasis on the world ‘watch’ has to refer to something regarding the Empire in Episode VII. Maybe an ‘Imperial Watch’ or a ‘Dark Watch’ or just ‘The Watch’ is a group of Imperial die hards who watch over the interests of the Empire? Like the Praetorian Guard in roman times.

  • September 10, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    Maybe the plot of episode 7 involves the construction of the 3rd Death Star

  • September 10, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    If the Hutts are involved it sounds a lot like the EU novel Darksaber, where the Hutts are building the Death Star, or this is standard imperial architecture.

  • September 10, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    Apple & Disney: A relationship too close for comfort…

  • September 10, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    JJ does love his little teasers. While they’re fun and most likely not very revealing, but you never know?
    WATCH – to watch over, protect, guard, as in a Guardian!

  • September 10, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    I hope there are hundreds of Death Stars, and we find out the Rebels only destroyed a couple of prototypes.

    • September 10, 2014 at 9:11 pm

      “This station is now the ultimate power in the universe… along with the hundreds more we’ve built…”

    • September 11, 2014 at 1:54 am

      Dude, that’s fuckin hilarious!!!
      That would be soooo funny if they did that!!!

  • September 10, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    Could the word Watch be in the actual movie title? Eh? Eh? Hmmm… “Episode 7 – Anyone Seen My Hand….Or My Watch?”

  • September 11, 2014 at 12:09 am

    I’m guessing there will be a new Death Star but probably not like the others… as usual I guess We’ll see?

    • September 11, 2014 at 1:59 am

      they should have different colored Death Stars among the hundreds or thousands. Even have polka dot and striped Death Stars. Maybe have one with Palpatine’s face on it. Of course, his fucked up mangled face, not the normal look from Phantom Menace.

      • September 11, 2014 at 5:00 am

        I meant like a new format of Death Star… it could still be like a giant circular shaped object but alter it in some way… not just a paint job! Even if it’s not a death star, I think we’ll be seeing some giant machine of death.

        • September 11, 2014 at 1:18 pm

          the comment was obviously joking around. It wasn’t meant as some actual criticism. The thought of an outrageous number of Death Stars struck me as extremely funny that’s all.

    • September 11, 2014 at 6:15 pm

      The problem is from a cinematic point of view the goodies need something big ass to destroy at the end of the movie or trilogy. Even in Phantom it was the one capital ship so we may have to get used to a big super weapon featuring in some way.
      Personally speaking I have always liked the idea of a Space Yard orbiting like a ring around a planet (fanboys help me with its name please) and this could indeed be an imperial installation.
      This could also lead onto the reason why the X-Wings are still knocking about as the Rebels still do not have control of the ship builders yet.

  • September 11, 2014 at 1:09 am

    Watched a promo video for the watch – wanted one. Saw the hefty pricetag – don’t want one, it’s a watch.

    Death Star mkIII?

  • September 11, 2014 at 1:59 am

    It’s a typical where house ceiling with a grid and florescent lighting. I hope I’m not ruining your imaginations but I don’t think that “pattern” was a hint.

  • September 11, 2014 at 5:23 am

    I think its a got to do with securing himself a phone!

  • September 11, 2014 at 5:43 am

    Well, if it only took a couple of years to (re)build the second Death Star, imagine what could have happened in 30 years.

  • September 11, 2014 at 6:43 am

    I don’t understand why people have a problem with a new Death Star…it is the Ultimate Power in the Universe…maybe they finally got the design right this time? it is completely possible that they were building more than one during ROTJ….I actually hope we get to see another deathstar or an upgraded version of the weapon… that weapon is too powerful for the Empire to ignore and just totally stop designing…use your heads…..

  • September 11, 2014 at 7:48 am

    Perhaps the third Death Star is built by the Republic.

  • September 11, 2014 at 11:01 am

    Opening Scene: close-up of Luke’s robotic hand floating through space, clutching his lightsaber. Camera pans back slightly to reveal an apple watch on what’s left of the wrist.

  • September 11, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    There are 4 “Super Death Stars” in this movie and yes that’s the Jedi Enclave on Dantooine. Luke acts as an instructor there but lives apart from the others, in seclusion, that’s what the Ireland location was for, the exterior of his hovel. The Imperial Remnant (what’s left of the old Empire)- now controlled by a Grand Moff played by Adam Driver – locates a “lost” Sith Lord (this was going to be set up in Season 7 of The Clone Wars but will now be set up in Rebels and the books), played by Max Von Sydow, and gives him the mission to seduce a group of young Jedi to the Dark Side. These “sleeper agents” massacre the Jedi living at the enclave and take Luke prisoner when he comes to the rescue. Daisy Ridley plays the daughter of Han & Leia and she’s off on a mission with John Boyega and Andy Serkis (mo-cap Jedi character)when this happens. They go and find Leia, who is connected to Luke through the Force (brother/sister), to help locate Luke; Han/Chewie come along. The 4 Death Stars are used to divide the Republic defenses and weaken the opposition. Basically the twist here is that the Imperials use the tactics of the Rebels (destabilize, strike and run etc.) to regain control of the Republic. Luke is being held in an Imperial Prison (GL recycled this from early drafts of the original movie) and many complications arise which I can’t reveal! Seriously, that’s as much as I can tell you right now. It’s just frustrating seeing you all kept in the dark. I can’t reveal how I know all this, I’d lose my job.

    • September 11, 2014 at 5:10 pm

      I’m pretty skeptical, but this isn’t a bad speculation at all. The existence of 4 new “super death stars” makes a good amount of sense the way you’ve explained. I could see this conflict leading into a solid transition into episode VIII. My only thing is, where are Han and Chewie during all of this? Also, the idea of “Jedi sleeper agents” doesn’t really rub me the right way. I’m not sure how well that’d play out on screen.
      If this is the case, I’m glad Adam Driver won’t be playing the son of Solo.

      • September 11, 2014 at 5:28 pm

        Seriously I can’t say any more right now. I will say that there’s going to be an intentional disinformation campaign hitting the ‘nets over Oct-November. It was planned all along, just like JJA did with the Trek movies so don’t be fooled. Han and Chewie have plenty to do. I’ll just say that sneaking into Imperial space opens the story to many complications 😉 It’s great, trust me!

        • September 12, 2014 at 4:13 am

          Actually you don’t have to say anymore. Your IP speaks bounds.

      • September 11, 2014 at 8:44 pm

        I can give you an actual line from the shooting script. If it’s not in the final movie it will be in the novelization. At one point Luke says: The wise already know, the fool will not be told. That’s as much confirmation as I can give at this point although you’ll have to wait to see it for yourselves.

  • September 11, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    Both the Rebels and the Empire will a have new Death Star for their own purposes. However, both new Death Stars will look exactly the same. That’s how there will be 4 Death Stars overall.

  • September 12, 2014 at 1:44 am

    Its probably the inside of an pro-Imperial facility or prison. Or maybe there a smaller battle stations throughout the air space meant to emulate the Death Star. Great, how much more can Abrams use from the OT instead of trying something different or not cliched in other Star Wars media.

  • September 12, 2014 at 5:36 am

    Even if you’re a Jedi who has become very advanced, you’re still seeing things through your own point of view (truth, the Force). Those things just happen to work for you. Someone else, a fool, and infidel, etc. has they’re own truth. You might say the Jedi are ‘closer’ to the truth, but that’s still only a point of view?

  • September 12, 2014 at 11:00 am

    All we see are blurred reflections of som lines at this point. This could be a reflection of a computer screen for all we know – not necessarily an actual set.

    I think that Tweet is deliberate disinformation, because the lines are not arranged in the “standard” alternately staggered pattern, but rather in a stair-step design … which is not how McQuarrie designed the Imperial hallways or shafts.

    • September 12, 2014 at 11:46 am

      The x wings don’t look the same, but similar.
      The lights look good enough to me.

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