Today has been a busy day for Star Wars Episode VII news sites, with concept art leaking out behind the scenes and details surfacing in nearly every direction. However, there are still two stories from Making Star Wars that we have yet to report on… Until after the jump. (Oh, and let’s not forget: SPOILERS!)
Jason Ward at Making Star Wars has done great with relaying all of this information so far, so props to him. The first of his two articles details a scene that happens early on in the movie.
Nighttime under the cover of darkness. Four characters convene.
Imagine the next generation of R2 unit. A jump as drastic as the Return of the Jedi Stormtrooper to the Star Wars: Episode VII Stormtrooper. Sleeker, more futuristic, yet somehow still a little bit 1950s with a dash of Art Nouveau included.
The droid is smaller than R2-D2 and Chopper. His head is just above the knee, but not quiet to the hip, he’s tiny. His head is silver like Artoo-Detoo but his markings are red. He has a single eye and two antennas on the top of his head. His neck has a black covering that kind of accordions when he looks around and connects to his body. He is similar to something you might see in Wall-E mixed with one of the senate cams in Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace. He has a holographic projector in the same place as Artoo-Detoo as well. His head looks up.
He’s cute but kind of sad looking in a way.
Standing next to him we have an alien. He’s slightly taller. His face reminds me of Station from Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey. His eyes are just black and tiny, his mouth is almost a round snout which is sort of like an armadillo. His skin is a darker brown color but in this image it appears blue from the light. He has a towel on his head and his costume appears to be similar to a kimono.
In the foreground, Daisy Ridley’s character Kira stands startled as a character ignites a lightsaber and it is very clear this is an unexpected occurrence and all the characters are startled by the enigmatic beam emitting from the lazer sword just turned on accidentally. John Boyega’s character has the lightsaber in hand as the characters all look on amazed.
Kira’s discovery is further enhanced by Boyega’s character’s discovery. This could be one of the most memorable sequences from the next trilogy of Star Wars films.
The scene sounds like a sort of impressionistic look at the Star Wars universe, like these characters are really experiencing the magic that we as viewers have known from watching the movies over and over again. Indeed, it could reflect the sort of feelings that younger newcomers to the franchise might experience when seeing one of these movies on the big screen.
The second article covers a scene that apparently takes place later (or possibly earlier; the aforementioned scene and this scene happen around the same time in the story).
Kira has a junker ship which has tow cables that detach from it to pull junk across the sandy planet on which she lives. The cockpit is in the center of the ship and is not unlike a B-29 Bomber. Stylistically it reminds me of the ships from Terminator that attack John Conor’s rebels. The cockpit holds two pilots in the front and there is probably room for more in the short fuselage. The back of the ship fans out. There are no weapons as it is not an attack ship.
The ship has four engines, large engines. The large engines on the bottom are on the sides while two smaller engines sit above it, but close together. Imagine an X-wing fighter from Episode IV if the engines on the bottom where bigger. In some depictions the top of the ship has two X-wing engines for the smaller engines.
The version of the ship parked inside the AT-AT garage has four engines, two on the bottom, two towards the outside and they’re all the same size. There is yet another third design that is bulkier. I believe the first description is the final piece as it appears to be the most designed with a lot of work put into it.
This ship hides in the belly of the fallen AT-AT with two tarps that can close to conceal the ship.
Here’s another interesting note. There is art of a large Star Destroyer with gravity wells crashed in the horizon. Kira is directing a giant pig like what we saw in the TMZ photos towards a station. The driver on the giant pig is abstract but appears to be the alien from the lightsaber photos in other depictions. What are they towing? An X-wing fighter, one you’ve all seen.
This is how Kira salvages her X-wing for the film, most likely. There is some indication that the ship is used to get Kira’s and the giant pig is used to get Boyega’s. But that’s not entirely clear for now.
All of the stories posted by the crew at Making Star Wars all seem to tie the first act of the film together pretty well: on a desert planet where remnants of Imperial technology can be found, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, and a few other members of an unlikely crew come across a lightsaber. They then show it to Max Von Sydow’s character, who seems to know about the weapon, which eventually causes them to explore the galaxy. This is all sounding very well-thought-out, and it matches up with existing details, so today’s reports seem like they could very well be legitimate leaks. Nonetheless, the future is clouded – but as fans of Star Wars, we will do our best to keep you covered on stories like this and any subsequent information.