UPDATE! Behind the Scenes of The Force Awakens – Things You Might Have Missed!

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I am sure that many of you still can’t get enough of the exceptional footage, J.J. Abrams and company shared with us, during the Lucasfilm panel at Comic Con. I am sure you’ve already watched the behind the scenes video numerous times, but still read on for some minor details that you might have overlooked…

 

 

 

SPOILERS AHEAD

 

 

NOTE: This article will include some of the leaked concept art that was confirmed by the BTS video.

 

 

 

It’s really remarkable to see that most of the things that were revealed, actually leaked in the past, one way or another.

 

01. Very recently we exclusively showed you that Admiral Ackbar and Nien Nunb will appear in The Force Awakens (HERE). And here comes the official confirmation:

 

55 Nien Nunb

54 Admiral Ackbar

 

And while this was pretty obvious, another quick shot from the video confirmed another story we recently shared with you. As you probably remember we revealed that actor Ken Leung is playing a Resistance general in the movie (HERE). Take a look at the next screen capture:

 

44 B Ken Leung

 

The person in the foreground is Ken Leung’s character we told you about. We had a much clearer look at the character, but we can confirm that this is him – the same uniform, the same belt and the same hair cut and color. And as you can see, he indeed appears to be of high rank since he is talking with Leia (next to him).

 

And this image is another confirmation that C-3PO’s left hand is red in the movie.

 

 

 

02. Who is Maz Kanata? Well we know that Lupita Nyong’o is playing Maz Kanata and that she was doing a motion capture for the character. Recently two concept arts with the character leaked, and while they both looked similar, the BTS video showed that these are 2 separate characters.

 

Concept Art

 

One of the concepts is a perfect match with this creature shown in the BTS video:

 

32 Creature

 

This is obviously not Maz Kanata since it’s a puppet with an actor inside.

 

Before we proceed I suggest you first read THIS info from one of our sources from 5 months ago. According to him Lupita filmed her scenes on her knees with CGI markers on her face. Also Lupita’s scenes were filmed twice, once with Lupita and once with a “little person”. That little person was probably operating the animatronic puppet shown below (that also perfectly matches with the second concept art):

 

12 Maz Kanata

 

Notice the software being used, it’s called FaceShift. It’s used to do a very basic mocap using a stereo camera (seen above the computer screen). The mocap data can then be remapped in realtime on any type of different character. This data is then used to control the animatronic. (via Cantina member Altgr0160).

 

Keep in mind that this technology is different from the actual mo-cap equipment that Lupita was wearing:

 

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The creature from the second image also matches with one of the early leaked concept arts:

 

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Of course there is always a chance that they decided to use another concept for Maz, like they did with Kylo Ren (further below). But this was the initial plan of how Maz will look. And really although just partial, the second teaser still has the best look at Kanata, and she doesn’t look like either of the two creatures from above:

 

Maz Kanata

 

By the way during the LFL panel J.J. Abrams revealed that they didn’t write the roles of Finn and Rey to be any color, meaning that both characters are most likely not related to any of the old characters, since race was irrelevant. The concept above supports that, showing Finn as a white guy. Still I wouldn’t read too much into this. While this could have been the initial approach, things could have changed during the writing process.

 

 

 

03. After numerous reports on whether Simon Pegg will appear in The Force Awakens or not, finally comes the confirmation that he is in the movie:

 

37 Simon Pegg creature

 

You probably remember THIS report from 2014 when one of our sources told us that Simon Pegg will play an alien in the movie and will get his hand ripped off in a Cantina sequence.

 

 

 

04. Some cool creature concepts from the video:

 

40 Wolf character

 

The first concept in the top left corner reminds us to the Wolf characters the same source told us about HERE. And is that a Bossk art in the far left?

 

And even more cool designs:

 

28 B Pit CU

 

Is the one to the right a new version of the Pit Droid?

 

 

 

05. In one of the desert shots, you can see Rey with BB-8 (operated by the guy in green) and something that looks like a big dog droid:

 

Dog droid

 

The same droid can be seen on the cover of the upcoming “Look and Find” Star Wars book:

 

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It looks like a funny character that Rey and BB-8 are probably playing with?

 

 

 

06. Interesting progression of Rey’s position in the Millennium Falcon.

 

First she is in the co-pilot seat:

 

62 Ridley co-pilot

 

Then she flies the Falcon:

 

48 Rey Piloting the Falcon with some crazy moves

 

Obviously it was Rey who did those crazy moves from the first teaser. Also notice the IMAX cameras on the rig. This is definitely the one IMAX sequence they recorded.

 

And finally Rey is in the pilot’s seat with Chewbacca as the co-pilot:

 

29 Chewbacca & Ridley

 

And no Han…

 

 

 

07. Kylo Ren and the Stormtroopers land on Jakku:

 

25 Kylo Ren enters

 

Poe Dameron is there too with his X-Wing:

 

24 Oscar Isaac and X-Wing

 

Poe Dameron is captured. He looks tortured. This could explain the bruises he had in the first teaser trailer.

 

14 Poe Dameron on SD

 

Also notice the jacket he is wearing. It’s the same one that later Finn acquires:

 

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I would suggest you read THIS story from January for a better understanding of the whole situation.

 

 

 

08. You can see the exact same images that leaked last year behind TFA Production Designer Rick Carter:

 

35 Rick Carter and art

 

Now we are not saying that Rick leaked those, but it was probably someone with access to this room. 🙂

 

 

 

09. These guys look cool:

 

46 Running creatures

 

Their look highly resembles this unused Kylo Ren art:

 

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And they look to be involved with this sequence:

 

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Could these be the martial art guys from Indonesia?

 

 

 

10. And last but not least, here’s an exclusive first look at the R2-KT, pink Astromech droid. 🙂

 

30 B Pink R2-D2

 

 

(click on the images for bigger version)

 

 

 

 

UPDATE!

 

 

There are lots of other bits that I left out from the report thinking they are pretty obvious. But due to the many requests, I will post them too in this update, risking to make this report too long and boring. 🙂

 

 

 

11. All the following shots were taken in Greenham Common. It’s where the Resistance base is:

 

57 Oscar Isaac rocky

56 B Leia rocky

52 C-3PO in CC

 

04 R2-D2 Rock compound

13 Mark Hamill in rocky compound

 

As you can see the walls completely match with the hangars seen in Greenham Common:

 

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The BG behind Mark Hamill looks similar like in the other shots. It would be curious if Hamill was present during the Greenham Common shoot.

 

 

 

12. The Stormtroopers in the following shots are chasing some of the creatures from Maz Kanata’s Pirate Cove:

 

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49 C Lizard creature

49 B Lizard creature

 

You can see the Puzzlewood forest in the back, where the scene was shot.

 

 

 

 

13. Bobbajo operator. (the creature from the Force for Change video)

 

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14. The Carousel blueprint aka The Millennium Falcon.

 

42 Carousel

 

 

 

15. From concept…

 

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…through miniature…

 

08 Miniature model

 

…to an actual prop!

 

09 Actual prop

 

 

 

16. Some AT-AT feet in the back:

 

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Confirming Rey’s hideout, seen in the leaked concept art:

 

AT-AT

 

 

 

17. We have a reason to believe that this is actor Kiran Shah inside that costume:

 

Kiran Shah

 

 

 

 

And we can’t just move on without posting the following magical images in hi-res. 🙂

 

Mark Hamill

Leia

Han Solo

 

J.J. & Larry

 

Thank YOU J.J!

 

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286 thoughts on “UPDATE! Behind the Scenes of The Force Awakens – Things You Might Have Missed!

  • July 12, 2015 at 7:44 pm
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    YEah I seriously doubt wrinkly headed long-neck is Kanata… doesnt have the proportions, or facial features, or what we see of her in the trailer.

    • July 12, 2015 at 8:16 pm
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      Also, that is not Daisy sitting next to Chewie on the Falcon

        • July 13, 2015 at 3:10 pm
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          I must say he’s right. Ridley has a different look, and also not this reddish hair, her hair in the movies is a quite sharp black

        • July 14, 2015 at 11:20 pm
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          It’s obviously not Ridley. Just watch the video again.

        • July 15, 2015 at 1:32 am
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          what about genral nux? seems like nobody says anything about it. and when the fuck are we gonna get a movie poster?!! i want it on a shirt now

        • July 15, 2015 at 7:30 pm
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          It’s not. Probably her stand-in.

          It makes no sense for her to wear bright makeup when her character wears none.

      • July 12, 2015 at 9:12 pm
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        Who is it then? 😛

        • July 12, 2015 at 10:01 pm
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          Anybody…an assistant, coffee girl, makeup staff

          • July 12, 2015 at 10:16 pm
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            its Daisy… shes cold and wearing a hoodie… in between takes

          • July 12, 2015 at 11:59 pm
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            The girl sitting in Han’s seat looks similar to Daisy, white girl, brown hair, but I do not believe it’s Daisy. I’m just going by the face. Her face does not look the same to me at all. I realize that she is looking down, but her facial proportions don’t match Daisy’s.

            I would agree that she is P.A. Of done kind, maybe Peters’ assistant. With the condition of his knees I’m sure someone is assigned to get him water, coffee, etc. so that he doesn’t have to move around between takes.

          • July 13, 2015 at 3:17 am
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            Don’t think it’s Ridley

          • July 13, 2015 at 3:29 am
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            It’s Ridleys stand-in for shot composition.

        • July 13, 2015 at 7:23 am
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          it’s clearly Harrison.

          You guys are blind.

          • July 13, 2015 at 10:38 am
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            Harrison’s body double while he was injured 😉

        • July 13, 2015 at 3:48 pm
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          It’s what’s called a ‘stand-in double’. Every major actor has one. This person is usually in the same garb, hairstyle and usded essentially to calibrate lighting to free up the main actor for that period.

          • July 14, 2015 at 12:55 am
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            Stand-Ins and Doubles are similar, but different.

            A Stand-In will “stand in” for an actor for lighting and composing a shot, but steps away for photography.

            An actor’s Double, however, appears during photography, This could be say, a stunt double, for high risk shots, or just a photographic double for distance shots.

            Occasionally, stand-ins may be used as background players. Watch for extras that look a little like the lead actors. Odds are they are the actors’ stand ins getting some extra work (pun intended).

      • July 13, 2015 at 4:02 am
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        compare that shot to Daisy walking up the stairs with her head down.

      • July 13, 2015 at 6:20 am
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        Maybe it’s the script supervisor going over Chewie’s lines!

    • July 13, 2015 at 12:40 am
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      I really don’t think it looks like Daisy’s face… also thought it was an assistant for Peter Mayhew.

      • July 13, 2015 at 3:16 am
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        This place is beyond ridiclous. It’s Daisy for crying out loud, with a hoodie on.

        • July 13, 2015 at 6:13 am
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          So why in the world is she wearing make up??!! Not Ridley.

          • July 13, 2015 at 12:12 pm
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            Exactly. Peter is all dressed up, ready to go, put his Chewie mask on and ACTION! If this is Ridley, then it’s between takes, two actors discussing some scene. Rehearsing Peter’s lines 😉

          • July 13, 2015 at 4:40 pm
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            Easy answer for why Daisy is in makeup and she’s in the pilot seat; its from the end of the film where she’s had a wardrobe change before going off to find Luke with Chewie (like Luke at the end of ANH wears a different outfit for the final scene). The fact that she’s in the pilot seat tracks with info that Rey inherits the Falcon from Han after he dies.

          • July 13, 2015 at 10:32 pm
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            So she’s gonna put on make up for that?? Glittery eye liner at that, um no. Explain why the hair lines don’t match, and what part does the woman holding Chewie’s head play, a head hunter?

        • July 13, 2015 at 4:56 pm
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          It’s Hoodie with a daisy inside!

          • July 13, 2015 at 6:55 pm
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            It isn’t Daisy

          • July 14, 2015 at 3:56 am
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            Yes it is

  • July 12, 2015 at 7:45 pm
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    Great piece.

  • July 12, 2015 at 7:47 pm
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    I’m struggling with Jason Ward being 100 percent right, and the chance that he may be right about some things and Disney knows it so they’re purposefully making it look like he’s right from the footage we’ve seen

    • July 12, 2015 at 8:42 pm
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      The thing is if Ward is right, Lucas Film, whatever it decides to show, Ward may have already leaked the info. The only thing ‘new’ maybe scenes we are wishing about but unfortunately may not exist.

      • July 12, 2015 at 10:05 pm
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        Even though JJ loves his mysterybox. I cant but shake the feeling that MSW is about 85 percent right in their leaks and the main reason why we are not shown as much footage or given more information about basic plot is due to this. I guess its good in that they are not giving much away as we need to have something fresh to see come December.

        • July 13, 2015 at 2:35 am
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          I would have said 90 percent but yeah, thinking the same thing.

          • July 13, 2015 at 10:54 am
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            So true. I hope its a smokescreen deliberately put out by disney/lucasfilm to keep the real story a complete mystery until it hits the screen this christmas. As much as i,like the majority of star wars fans,am looking forward to were the saga goes next,there is some trepidation that this will be one great big mess. It seems to be the norm of the big blockbusters these days,all pomp but no substance.

          • July 13, 2015 at 2:12 pm
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            Hmm, something I fear too… For all the flak Lucas has copped for the prequels, he was FILLING IN a back story (something very detailed already in book/game/comic format), the fact that the prequels as stand alone movies pretty much sucked is really irrelevant to the story telling… Now that Disney have abandoned the Expanded Universe they are placing a 4 billion dollar gamble that they can tell a better story than George…

          • July 13, 2015 at 5:51 pm
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            Well at least that Darth Vegas guy isn’t in the movie. He may have had PT ties.

    • July 12, 2015 at 11:41 pm
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      the MSW guy is not great at handling criticism, which makes the stuff he posts seem more like an agenda than anything. but if he’s right, this will be the biggest disappointment any franchise has ever dealt a fandom. how anyone can think the ‘plotleak’ they put on their website is anything but terrible is completely mystifying. you’d think people would be less and less enthused by now. it’s not a story worth waiting 2 years for, let alone 32.

      • July 13, 2015 at 2:13 am
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        Why?

        • July 13, 2015 at 2:30 am
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          Cause the leaked plot sounds terrible? SPOILER: It’s just some ANH-lite mucking around, a hugely popular character dies at the hands of a character no one cares about yet, and then there is no resolution to it or any kind of bright side, everything insinuated at the end of ROTJ actually didn’t come to pass, especially the bond between the main characters seems broken; jedi keep getting “massacred” just for existing, the same baddies are still around; floating lightsabers start off the ‘action’; the same-looking ships, planets (more sand), weird creatures as always; there are hardly any twists and turns (let’s hope some comedy in the script makes up for that); it seems that they are implying the female character is a Solo, but what she does makes no sense as a daughter of a political figure; there is another “badass” full of himself pilot character…

          • July 13, 2015 at 10:12 am
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            ? Are you saying he should watch a bad Star Wars movie to lower his expectations? He is exaggerating but he makes some decent points. Why has nothing from Rotj happened? If rumors are to be believed there is no new republic, no Jedi, no Han/leia wedding, and possibly even no skywalkers until the last scene. I am pumped for this movie but I’m getting nervous…

          • July 13, 2015 at 11:42 am
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            While I mostly agree (though am still staying optimistic), we know from the description of the Aftermath novel that there IS a New Republic, or at least there was one right after RotJ, though maybe not anymore by the time of TFA. And I’d actually be more disappointed if Rey ISN’T a Solo, than if she is. Other than that, yeah, I mostly agree.

          • July 13, 2015 at 2:53 pm
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            Fake script or not, there are still 2 more films to come and surely they will rock like The Force Awakens will be.

          • July 13, 2015 at 6:02 pm
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            Guys, this is called Star Wars not Star Peace. The whole idea behind any of the films is to pick up the action during war time not peace time. There wouldn’t really be an interesting story about peace and happiness. Who cares about 20 years of relative peace and a happy ending wedding. Not much of a movie in that.

          • July 13, 2015 at 9:46 pm
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            The bond between the characters is part of what made the OT what it is. The idea that after RotJ it all went to hell is not something everyone sees as a good direction. It’s not that they need to see rainbows and sunshine but is important, for some, that the big 3 still have that. Which is difficult to see if the rumors are true..

          • July 14, 2015 at 12:57 am
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            Meesa luv dis! Gary Wars Episode IV- A Silver Hope! Meesa pay to be seeing this’a one inna a boom’a for film films! Silver sayin’ awful smarted things! yay Silver, hi hoe!

          • July 14, 2015 at 4:24 am
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            Um…lol…thanks.

          • July 15, 2015 at 3:41 am
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            Uusa got’id, Silver! Yousa all good now, okie day!

          • July 14, 2015 at 12:48 am
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            IIRC the New Republic is already confirmed canon, at for least shortly after ROTJ (not yet clear if it’s still around by the time of TFA, though). Also, remember the thing a few months ago where Carrie Fisher was heavily implying that Leia was/is canonically married to Han now?

          • July 14, 2015 at 4:18 am
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            Is there a link to the comments by Fisher? Missed that.

          • July 14, 2015 at 10:56 pm
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            She was signing photos at SW Celebration Carrie Fisher; Mrs Han Solo is what they are referring too.

          • July 15, 2015 at 4:25 am
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            I see. Interesting.

          • July 14, 2015 at 12:51 am
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            Damn. That was a pretty good send up. I’m 40 years old, lived and breathed SW all my life, and I too question the veracity behind following too closely to the whole “everything old is new again”, which we’ve seen so often throughout the previous six films.

  • July 12, 2015 at 7:48 pm
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    I have been avoiding serious spoilers. I am wondering if this blows any current rumors or speculation away or confirms it.

    • July 12, 2015 at 10:02 pm
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      It confirms a lot of it. So if you want to remain unspoiled, just know that we have much of the plot already(75-95% I’d say)

      • July 13, 2015 at 12:41 pm
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        Wondering if we do know that much. My guess, is that Disney has a team on this. Orchestrating most of the leaks. Showing fans what they want to see. Directing them towards an idea what the movie is about, so real fans will be completely baffled when they see the movie and find out that everything they thought they knew was wrong. I mean fans will be fans. I don’t want to know the story, I don’t want to know anything … but still I go and look for as much as I can find. I’m a fan.

        I hope that we’ve got it all wrong. That we’re waiting for Han to die, but it never happens. That, would make the movie even better … to me at least. I hope they are playing with our anticipation.

        • July 14, 2015 at 1:04 am
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          Meesa agree, fellow Sith lord! Theesa rumors are doing murder to meesa brains. May da maxi-big Force being with yousa!

    • July 12, 2015 at 11:17 pm
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      God i hope that aint the case, i mean come on,lightsabre floating in space being the key to the main plot thread,starkiller base and ultimate weapons!! Sounds like star wars by numbers.

    • July 12, 2015 at 11:37 pm
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      you’ve lived a blessed life. the spoilers are completely awful, the “plot” is a total derivative slog.

  • July 12, 2015 at 7:57 pm
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    “This is obviously not Maz Kanata since it’s a puppet with an actor inside.”

    Ahmed Best had a dress on set too, it doesnt’ imply the character is not going to be CG in the final version.

    • July 12, 2015 at 9:43 pm
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      But the scale of the character is off… as another forum member pointed out the neck is too long. I’m guessing there will actually be an ahmed best type of person doing a stand in for Maz Kanata & Snoke as visual reference for color & lighting.

      • July 13, 2015 at 1:48 am
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        I believe he was talking about the first one…not the blue concept art matching the heads. The same one I thought was her as it matched the latest concept art of hers…with the long type pipe in the mouth.

        • July 14, 2015 at 1:08 am
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          Ex-squeeze me, but are weesa being related Jar Jar solo? Am cousins or whatsa?

          • July 14, 2015 at 11:00 pm
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            Meesa think so

          • July 15, 2015 at 4:35 am
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            This is modderly! Meesa am so exciting to knowsa this! Weesa see’in each udder at’a Nass/Binks family reunion, okie-day?

  • July 12, 2015 at 7:58 pm
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    I do wonder about Rey not being written to be any specific race… if this trilogy isn’t about Skywalkers, what differentiates it from Anthology movies?

    Also of note: throughout the whole panel, no one said the word “Rey”. They introduced each cast member along with their character name except Daisy Ridley, and she was repeatedly referred to as “Daisy” or “Daisy’s character”. Maybe she really is “Kira” after a mid-movie revelation?

    • July 12, 2015 at 8:18 pm
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      I could be wrong, but it seemed JJ was placating the person asking the “Asians” question. Star Wars tends to get bashed as far as racial and gender diversity.

      I wasn’t reading that much into it. We’ll see when the movie is released.

      • July 12, 2015 at 10:10 pm
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        I think they are intentionally confusing us. I don’t believe there would be no offspring of the original trio in the sequel trilogy. Now it may not be revealed in TFA. But count me surprised if Rey/Kira is not a Skywalker/Solo.

      • July 12, 2015 at 10:45 pm
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        Isn’t obvious that the cast is diverse. It was a wasted question.

        • July 13, 2015 at 2:18 am
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          No, it wasn’t.

          The question was specifically about Asian characters in Star Wars, who have been ridiculously under-represented for almost the last 40 years.

          • July 13, 2015 at 3:12 am
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            Chinese made movies definitely don’t use Caucasian or African actors or actresses…

          • July 13, 2015 at 6:03 am
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            “Chinese made movies definitely don’t use Caucasian or African actors or actresses…”

            Seriously? Please tell me that wasn’t an attempt to be clever.

            a> Yes, they do. Not often, granted, but they do.

            b> Hollywood films make mad amounts of money in China. Avengers 2: Over $200 million. Minnions: $115 million in the first weekend.

            c> If you’re living in a “western” country, like the USA, Britain, Canada, Australia, you’re not living in a “white” society. You may wish you are (sounds like you do) but you’re not. China is predominantly Chinese. You’ll see a non-Chinese person here and there, but for the most part, they’re living in a Chinese world.

            d> This argument is getting REALLY old. In the beginning, I didn’t get into it. I thought “Yeah, there’s bound to be a few goofs out there that are going to hate the fact that Star Wars isn’t portraying a Master Race but it’ll die down”. And it has died down. Now, there’s just a few dolts out there still going on about it, and it’s like kids having temper tantrums. It’s sad and pathetic. Get over it! It’s not going to change.

            e> Don’t watch the movie. Do something more fulfilling with your time like, I don’t know, get that third swastika tattoo you’ve been thinking about.

            I really hate using the term racist, because it’s used too often and doesn’t accurately portray the type of person that posts nonsense like this.

            Dumb ass is a simpler and far better descriptive of freaks like you.

          • July 14, 2015 at 1:22 am
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            Actually, in the west, white is still the majority as percentages go, but the point is this: if someone white writes white stuff, it doesn’t mean they’re racist anymore than someone black writing something with only black people, Asian with Asian, etc.

          • July 13, 2015 at 3:59 am
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            Shoehorning a character into an established franchise(half of the actors being in flipping head to toe costumes; the other half being returning characters from over 30 years ago) isn’t the right way to go about correcting those 40 years.

            You go make your Asians in Space film if you want to do your part. TFA is PLENTY diverse!

          • July 13, 2015 at 11:52 am
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            To be fair, if the person asking the question was up to date on TFA news (by following this site, for instance), they would’ve known that there have been Asian actors cast in this film. Not only that, but it seems to me that Sabine from Rebels is also supposed to be Asian. So I kinda agree a little about it being a wasted question from my own perspective, in so much as I would’ve preferred to hear the answer to one that might reveal a bit more info about the film. That being said, the person who asked has the right to ask whatever they want, so who am I to say it was a wasted question if that’s what they wanted to know. *shrug*

          • July 13, 2015 at 12:21 pm
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            Well actually … I am wondering. If like the world is going like it is today, people migrating, mixing races (I’ve got no problem with that at all) at some point you’ll have one race left. What would that person look like? No, I don’t think LucasFilm thinks that way … but in 10.000 years there will not be as many races on earth as there are today.

          • July 13, 2015 at 8:35 pm
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            There was an Asian A-Wing pilot in ROTJ.. “There are too many of them! Ahhh!” … Are we happy now? Good lord, you libs are angry. It looks as if the only white males to star in the upcoming motion picture (save for the original cast members)are playing bad guys.. EVERYONE ELSE APPEARS TO BE OF “MINORITY STATUS”.. SO STOP WITH ALL THE DIVERSITY WHINING ALL READY!

    • July 12, 2015 at 8:22 pm
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      No. JJ actually does refer to her as Rey at one point. Otherwise, yes I noticed Chris Hardwick didn’t introduce her as Rey.

      • July 12, 2015 at 8:33 pm
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        Oh did he? My bad. Still, the name “Rey” was still definitely downplayed, almost like they don’t want us to get TOO attached to that name…

    • July 12, 2015 at 11:27 pm
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      This trilogy could actually be about Luke passing on what he has learned just as Lucas said it would be all those years ago. There’s your Skywalker.

    • July 13, 2015 at 12:25 am
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      This trilogy is about the Skywalkers.

      Kathleen Kennedy differenciates the Anthology films by seeing “we wanted to do something out of the Skywalker saga”.

  • July 12, 2015 at 8:03 pm
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    That is not Maz Kanata. Maz is orange with big glossy eyes in the trailer. Maz was started new from scratch. We don’t know what she looks like yet.

    • July 12, 2015 at 8:16 pm
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      I agree. Obviously the initial Maz Kanata concept was used for another creature.

      • July 12, 2015 at 8:40 pm
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        Thank god, I think the design is good but not for that character. I prefer what I see in the light saber image much more.

    • July 13, 2015 at 10:18 pm
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      I thought they said Maz was a Gossam. I yet to see a Gossam. So we have NOT seen Maz yet. I agree.

  • July 12, 2015 at 8:06 pm
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    Poe and Stormtrooper. I think that the Stormtrooper is actually Finn and they are escaping together. Check the black devices on the Stormtroopers belt. They are the same like the ones from Stormtrooper Finn in the desert scene.

    • July 12, 2015 at 8:26 pm
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      All of the stormtroopers have the black devices ding dong

      • July 12, 2015 at 9:21 pm
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        Clever idea though… based on the way he’s being handled I’d guess not… but who knows?

      • July 14, 2015 at 1:28 am
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        lmao! Great rejoinder, Anon #2! We shouldn’t have to call upon Batman to solve the fact that the belts would be exactly the same lol

    • July 13, 2015 at 12:32 am
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      Fin is 5’9and oscar is 6’0and that stormtrooper looks taller than oscar

      • July 13, 2015 at 2:00 am
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        Oscar is 5′ 8 1/2, not 6′

      • July 13, 2015 at 4:14 pm
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        Have you seen Ex_Machina? If Oscar Issacs is 6ft, then Domhnall Gleeson must be 6ft 6ins and not the 6ft 1in he actually is.

  • July 12, 2015 at 8:07 pm
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    Really curious as to who those corridor troops are,they don’t look like 1st-order or resistance.

    • July 12, 2015 at 8:08 pm
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      My guess is that these are “the seven” or whatever that MSW keeps referring to. Is this from the flashback where we supposedly see some mercenaries attack Luke’s Jedi Temple?

    • July 12, 2015 at 8:18 pm
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      “Mods and Rockers”

      • July 12, 2015 at 9:41 pm
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        Nice reference! 🙂

      • July 13, 2015 at 1:50 am
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        “Mockers?”

        • July 14, 2015 at 2:56 am
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          Sure thing, Ringo!

          • July 15, 2015 at 4:39 am
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            Glad to see someone recognized that response!

      • July 14, 2015 at 1:30 am
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        Yes yes, but meesa a mocker!

        • July 15, 2015 at 4:41 am
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          Yes you are, binks

    • July 12, 2015 at 11:33 pm
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      maybe they security of that underworld jabba’s palace style location that gets attacked by the first order ? we see footage of stormtroopers attacking outside of that location and we recently seen that on set spy footage with those stunts and troopers that looked alot like those corridors, somebdoy here should check that footage with this new footage of these unknown troopers

      • July 13, 2015 at 1:42 am
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        If you look carefully, the guys the First Order troopers are fighting in the castle ruins appear to be dressed in garb similar to the pirate images in Vanity Fair. So it would appear to be an attack on the pirate fortress, imho.

  • July 12, 2015 at 8:09 pm
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    I’m still confused about Poe and how/why Finn ends up with his jacket. Does Poe die in the TIE crash? If he really is Leia’s son and the whole arc is Finn/Rey redeeming him, that would be… something.

    It would explain his absence from basically everything beyond the opening sequences; maybe those X-Wing shots in the teasers are actually from near the start of the film? The climax is supposedly all on Sullust, not Yavin…

    • July 12, 2015 at 9:19 pm
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      What?
      The baddie is Kylo Ren and not Poe. And there’s nothing that suggests Poe is Leia’s son.
      Also, Poe doesn’t die.

      • July 13, 2015 at 7:17 am
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        Nothing in my post suggests Poe is a “baddie”.

    • July 12, 2015 at 10:15 pm
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      Interesting idea that Poe could be the son of Leia (and Han). Maybe he doesnt use the name Skywalker or Solo to blend in and protect himself. I haven’t heard this speculation before.

      • July 13, 2015 at 12:17 am
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        There is an article over at MSW that suggests Poe is Leia’s son (Han may not be included).

      • July 13, 2015 at 1:54 am
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        Well if Rey and Finn aren’t related someone has to be.

  • July 12, 2015 at 8:20 pm
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    Luke

  • July 12, 2015 at 8:23 pm
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    I don’t think that’s poe with the stormtrooper and also, +duckface, even if it is, it could be finn in the stormtrooper outfit escorting poe somewhere (remember a new hope? luke and han in stormtrooper outfits?)

    • July 12, 2015 at 8:32 pm
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      That is 100% Oscar Isaac with the stormtrooper… But yes I think based on the rumors the stormtrooper is probably Finn.

      • July 12, 2015 at 11:41 pm
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        also that trooper looks nervous and is escorting Poe way too fast to a prison cell. 100% sure its Poe and Finn making a quick getaway. next scene is them stealing the tie fighter en blasting their way out of the hanger .

        • July 13, 2015 at 3:52 am
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          adjust the brightness and you’ll see the room he takes Poe into has several storm troopers in it.

      • July 13, 2015 at 12:30 am
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        I strongly think the stormtrooper is Finn due to its proportions (pelvis) and how he walks. It’s interesting that in this film both Boyega and Driver are reconizible by their body shape and body language, even being masked.

        • July 13, 2015 at 2:50 am
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          I find the fact that you recognize Finn by the proportions of his pelvis…… Disturbing.

          • July 13, 2015 at 8:44 pm
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            Disturbing to point out the truth? Finn has large thighs & a huge ass.. Sorry if the truth hurts/offends you. The trooper in the scene seems to have the same body shape as Finn…

          • July 14, 2015 at 11:43 am
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            Anonymous 02:50 AM what’s the deal? He has large pelvis, as many people does. I have no problem with that at all. Come on, we have seen numerous rounded stormtroopers in Star Wars events for a while, and now we complain because a good actor has a casual (not “rounded”) human shape?

          • July 21, 2015 at 2:53 am
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            The deal, Perrymoon and Minch Y, is that I was making a joke based upon one of the more famous quote from the original movie. Nothing more, nothing less.

  • July 12, 2015 at 8:34 pm
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    In picture #5 could that thing be the big ass pig looking creature we saw in the leaked photos? Just it now standing up.

  • July 12, 2015 at 8:36 pm
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    At about 1:10 after the ‘Dog’ shot, you can see the feet of a fallen Walker when Kennedy is talking….

  • July 12, 2015 at 8:40 pm
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    Did you guys enjoy what I put toghether for you? Also, here is a little spoiled: Finn is Han Solo’s son. You know how Han is married before he met Leia? To a black person? That explains it.
    Thank you, fans, you make this possible.

    • July 12, 2015 at 8:48 pm
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      Thanks for ruining Star Trek Into Darkness you hack fraud. LOL! Just kidding.

    • July 12, 2015 at 10:05 pm
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      I totally believe you are you! But you aren’t!

    • July 12, 2015 at 10:31 pm
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      How old is Finn again? 😉

  • July 12, 2015 at 8:41 pm
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    The picture of Kylo Ren & the troopers clicks away to the picture of Poe and his X-Wing. Can someone fix this? Would like to see the big image.

  • July 12, 2015 at 8:43 pm
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    The pink astromech: is the the old KT-14? I recall that some time ago the R2 builders club built one in honor of a girl diagnosed with cancer. I believe the droid even had a brief cameo in the Clone Wars movie. That’d be a neat little reference.

    • July 12, 2015 at 9:24 pm
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      I’ve also seen it called R2-KT. And I’m glad to see it make the leap to the live action screen. Hopefully it doesn’t end up on the cutting room floor.

  • July 12, 2015 at 8:49 pm
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    There is one other thing…
    Looks like flame troopers are on Jakku as well based on behind the scenes video. However, the architecture is very similar to Tatooine look… could it be that both planets are in the film? (I’m guessing not)… but it also appears that’s where Luke is as well.

    Perhaps multiple villages get scorched in the film, as concept art showed forest scenes with fire.

    I also found the way they filmed Rey with the falcon/ IMAX very interesting… usually the platform of vehicles is somewhat stable & cameras are used to create the effect of things turning/ twisting. Must be a pretty crazy scene!

    Man guys this is soooo cool… good detective work!

    • July 12, 2015 at 9:14 pm
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      Flame trooper scene in the same part as Kylo walking down ramp due to fire on right side of the set in that shot?

    • July 13, 2015 at 12:32 am
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      Or maybe Jakku is Tatooine 😉 time will tell.

  • July 12, 2015 at 8:50 pm
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    Don’t we see those different looking fighters in the castle ruins scene fighting with storm troopers?

    Surprised y’all don’t have that screen cap

    • July 12, 2015 at 9:26 pm
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      Perhaps the pirates we heard about… who knows though. I’m wondering if that’s Yavin IV because there are temples that look similar there.

  • July 12, 2015 at 8:52 pm
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    They sure are going for an OT-look..wow. May it be a great story. Not only do they have to redeem the franchise in the public eye they also have to make something that transcends the medium and becomes…phenomenal..an experience like no other movie since 1977…ok 1980..ok 83.

    I can’t imagine what it will be like to see the old crew again after being married to their younger selves for so long. It just seems impossible to create a natural, organic continuation. There are so many, many pitfalls.

    Sigh.
    is it dec 18 yet

  • July 12, 2015 at 9:28 pm
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    I am especially curious with the new TIE fighters. The lower turret showed by reflection in this image http://www.starwarsnewsnet.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/B3954_SWTFA_TIE_closed_final.jpg kind of confirms that the one seen in the second teaser is indeed firing backwards, if correct, that could be a very deadly improvement over the classic TIE! I wonder if those new “bracelets” that connect the cockpit with the solar arrays have a function beyond aesthetics.They may allow the cockpit to turn and expose the hatch horizontally for an easy access. And that which appears to be a twin cannon pointed upwards could be a sentry gun to protect the pilot while approaching… wow, maybe I’m overthinking stuff xp

    • July 12, 2015 at 11:07 pm
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      Another good catch! I didn’t see the 2nd gun. I was wondering about that in the 2nd teaser cuz it sounds like tie fire but it looked like the rear of the ship.

      I was also thinking… so we’ve seen these elite ties & the tie transport (phasma’s ship?). I wonder what other ties are yet to be seen? New Tie bombers?

  • July 12, 2015 at 9:35 pm
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    I’m just going to come out with the following bold statement:

    Star Wars isn’t for you Gen X-ers and older folks anymore (particularly those that saw the OT as kids/youth when they were released in theaters). Heck, I’m not even too sure that Stat Wars is for us older Millennials either. All the direct marketing (not this talk about practical effects and whatnot) will be geared towards young adults and youth.

    This message is for you Gen X-ers and older folks: you are the reason that the Star Wars franchise can’t evolve (because you aren’t letting it); you are the ones holding the franchise back from evolving.

    • July 12, 2015 at 9:42 pm
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      That is indeed a bokf statement and so far I feel the marketing had been exclusively directed at oldtimers like myself.
      Even so, to further deconstruct your statement, I wish VII didn’t look so OT-ish.

      • July 12, 2015 at 9:52 pm
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        I agree with the OP. Although there is all this talk about practical effects and whatnot, the marketing for all these new ST movies will not actually be targeted towards Gen X-ers (and older) and it’s going to become clearer this fall as to which demographics TFA is being targeted towards (which will most likely be youth and young adults).

        You old geezer are going to be left in the dust eventually and become irrelevant to Disney and LFL. Just watch.

        • July 12, 2015 at 10:16 pm
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          Spoken like someone completely devoid of understanding that they too will get old.

          • July 12, 2015 at 11:12 pm
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            Considering all the people making this film are Gen X’ers that loved the OT I guess I don’t understand where the point is going? I love everything I’ve seen so far, they are doing this right! Ever since photos of sets got leaked & Teaser 1’s release I knew that was the case. Gen X’ers will be fine.

          • July 13, 2015 at 2:43 am
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            All those moments will be lost in time , like teard in the rain…

          • July 13, 2015 at 4:51 am
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            Turds in the rain?

          • July 13, 2015 at 8:33 am
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            tears maybe

          • July 21, 2015 at 2:48 am
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            I vote for turds!

          • July 14, 2015 at 1:52 am
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            Why wisdom is always an oxymoron to the youth: “Speak first, think later”. A message to all the zygotes and their anti-Generation X ideas, most of us already thought like you do but before you did, with our parents generation, like they did with theirs, add infinitum. All your circular logic does is cover the same old ground. Want to be better than us? Than surpass us, but don’t waste your energy thinking down upon others; otherwise you’ll be sitting in front of another blog twenty years from now realizing this as another embryo whines about things. No hate, all love.

    • July 12, 2015 at 9:59 pm
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      Doing no such thing, just hoping it will be good. And not femenist claptrap.

      • July 12, 2015 at 11:27 pm
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        You can bet this film will be very feminist. Isn’t it very obvious by now?

        Finn being black, combined with this news that Rey is not a Skywalker or Solo confirms the obvious message JJ and Disney wants to send:

        “It doesnt matter where you come from or what you look like. You dont even have to be a Solo or a Skywalker. You can still be the hero”

        • July 13, 2015 at 2:01 am
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          You sir get a gold star.

        • July 13, 2015 at 9:30 am
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          pass the sick bag…

      • July 13, 2015 at 9:36 pm
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        You can always gauge the intelligence of an MRA by the fact they can’t even spell the objects of their hatred correctly.

    • July 12, 2015 at 10:15 pm
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      wtf are you talking about.

    • July 13, 2015 at 2:36 am
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      Spot on I think this film we be aimed at guys like me, young adults (I’m 21) who have grown up on the PT and who are old enough to respect and love the OT

    • July 13, 2015 at 10:06 am
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      this is a copy/paste troll that has been up in several comments sections…

    • July 13, 2015 at 10:11 am
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      No, I don’t think so. It’ll be marketed as a family film, at the widest demographic possible. Actually the generation X’s, need to be onboard with the film as much as their children, because at the end of the day, they are going to be the ones that will be paying for their kids to see the film.

    • July 14, 2015 at 1:43 am
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      Anon @21:35; You may be somewhat right, I, who happens to b a Gen X-er, care nothing about holding this saga back. I’ve been waiting for these three films for over thirty-five years and want to see them done in a way that will invoke a great finale for a pre-planned nine episode saga.

  • July 12, 2015 at 9:36 pm
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    The blaster that Poe is carrying while running around his X-wing is the same one that Finn is holding in that poster. So, is it the exact same one, or is it a standard issue Resistance model?

  • July 12, 2015 at 9:36 pm
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    I really hope none of the new kids ends up being related to the old trio. It kind of annoyed me when people started saying that Rey has to be related to the Skywalkers. Their reasoning was that she looks like Padme, because they both have… hair? I don’t even know.

    • July 12, 2015 at 10:18 pm
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      they kept emphasizing ‘family’ you dunce, thats why there could be relation. and in SW there have been mostly related people, even to those of you who keep insisting on calling it a ‘saga’, it’s primarily a family saga then. and no, not just the “hair”.

    • July 12, 2015 at 11:25 pm
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      No they say she’s a Skywalker because she uses the force and because the lightsaber came to her. Kylo Ren is also a Skywalker

    • July 13, 2015 at 3:47 am
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      The films are about the Skywalker bloodline.

      And if you don’t care for that(god knows why) then the timeline suggests if Leia had any kids they’d be 20-25 and ridiculously powerful jedi.

      So add the 2 together and it would be pretty stupid to not have a new Skywalker jedi in the new films.

  • July 12, 2015 at 9:36 pm
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    Forgive me if this is common knowledge already – C3-P0 has a red left arm – and the downed tie fighter has a red left side – any thoughts what this signifies?

    • July 12, 2015 at 10:32 pm
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      red herring

    • July 13, 2015 at 1:48 am
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      Abrams is clearly a commie leftist.

      • July 13, 2015 at 10:15 am
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        funniest comment in this thread

      • July 13, 2015 at 4:34 pm
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        Hey, it´s not like Directors never put up hints into movies about stuff they could not talk about freely…Take Kubrick 😛

    • July 14, 2015 at 12:07 am
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      I was wondering the same thing. Maybe 3PO has seen some action with the First Order…

  • July 12, 2015 at 9:53 pm
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    I like Star Wars.

  • July 12, 2015 at 10:08 pm
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    The wolf-like character in #4 drawings (top left photo) is what George Lucas turned down in McQuarrie’s first attempt for how Yoda should have looked like before giving us the adorable “Einstein (for wisdom)” version in puppetry of ESB in 1978! It is also the 2007 McQuarrie concept for Chewbacca Hasbro action figure. The “death face” photo below was concept art to Gran Moff Tarkin of 1975 before hiring a matching face of an actor (that concept art went into EP III’s General Grievous)!

    As far as all productions footage of day 1 it makes no sense to rush the story or we have some gap between EP VI and 30 years of backstory before EP VII!? I will wait until the movie release to find out and be surprised! ( 😉 3

    • July 13, 2015 at 10:32 am
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      Maybe its just me, but the amount of GL-neglected concept art that Disney is using is ridiculously high.

      • July 13, 2015 at 9:38 pm
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        It’s not you. The sheer amount of Ralph McQuarrie discards being pillaged for this and “Rebels” is beginning to feel less like them honoring the past and more like they’re carrion vultures picking at scraps. It’s very exploitative.

  • July 12, 2015 at 10:19 pm
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    How come young Rey can pilot Falcon as good as Han ? This will foster a lot of Rey hater.

  • July 12, 2015 at 10:23 pm
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    I’m starting to wonder if Poe and Kylo are related instead of Rey,brothers like Cain and Abel?

    • July 12, 2015 at 10:35 pm
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      That’s my thought too. Any chance that Poe, Kylo and Rey are triple Solo twins? Finn could be Luke’s son.

  • July 12, 2015 at 10:43 pm
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    I know it’s been said ad nauseum, but if Luke is only in this episode for a small cameo at the end then what is the point of having the original cast return?

    • July 13, 2015 at 1:34 am
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      The original cast will be the kenobi and yoda of this trilogy, and it’s not a big deal if luke has only a Little screen time in the end of the movie, because there are other 2 movies after TFA where he can appear 😀
      we cannot have every character have a lot of screen time in one movie or the risk is that it will become a mess.

      • July 13, 2015 at 9:40 pm
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        All well and good, but if the rumors about BOTH Han and Luke are true it will be tremendously depressing that we never see Han, Luke, and Leia share a scene ever again.

  • July 12, 2015 at 10:47 pm
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    Because the story comes first? At least, that’s what I hope.
    If Luke Skywalker is indeed only seen at the very end, it will either be incredibly uplifting (he’s alive! it’s LUKE SKYWALKER!) or sad (look at that guy…), but at any rate it sounds like story comes first. If not, wouldn’t they have made a film where Luke is all over it?

    • July 12, 2015 at 10:52 pm
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      I think they might build up and imply that the cyborg is Snoke, and by the end of the movie, they could reveal that it was Luke.

  • July 12, 2015 at 10:53 pm
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    Ken Leung is in the movie. Can the Diversity Police relax now!

    • July 13, 2015 at 1:49 am
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      No! Need more Native American representation! And genderqueer squirrelkin who identify as jawas!

    • July 13, 2015 at 9:34 am
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      diversity is great, the point is that most of the time things are done for trends or political correctness

      • July 13, 2015 at 9:42 pm
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        No, most of the time these things are done so that more people will spend money to see movies, and because white people (and men) are no longer a massive majority in either the US or throughout the worldwide market. It is only scared racist tools like yourself who think this is some sort of conspiracy.

        • July 14, 2015 at 2:05 am
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          You’re aware that this was started by a white guy, right? I like to see diverse films, but not at the expense of making a war out of racial politics. If you are Asian or black, and decide to release a predominantly black or Asian casted sci-fi saga, that’s awesome, but as you don’t owe mighty whitey anything, the average whitey doesn’t owe you, either.

  • July 12, 2015 at 10:53 pm
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    Biggest concern is to show Poe being captured and probably Finn’s tie bad landing.

  • July 12, 2015 at 10:53 pm
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    At 1:00 in the video, there’s a shot of the crew putting C3PO’s mask on Anthony Daniels. His left arm is black. Yes? Then later at 2:48 the arm looks deep red. I’ve seen in other promotion material its obviously red, but to see it black at that one spot cause my head to tilt.

    • July 12, 2015 at 11:02 pm
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      Good catch!

  • July 12, 2015 at 11:09 pm
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    Other things that you could of missed….is that blonde girl checking her butt in picture 2.

    • July 12, 2015 at 11:22 pm
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      Speaking of which… are there high rez/ good quality images of the pics shown during the presentation? I’d love to get a better look at some of those.

  • July 12, 2015 at 11:20 pm
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    Is it just me or does the background of image 6 resemble the snowy planet in the first teaser trailer when kylo ignited his lightsaber?

    • July 12, 2015 at 11:25 pm
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      I don’t see the trees or anything like that but the blue lighting looks very similar. (You’re talking about the falcon bridge shot?)

      • July 13, 2015 at 12:32 am
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        Yeah that’s the image I was talking about.

  • July 12, 2015 at 11:35 pm
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    Poe wears a brown leather jacket, that I assume he gives to Finn for helping him escape the Star Destroyer. Han Solo also wears a brown leather jacket, both are a little cocky. I’m subscribing to the theory that Poe is Han Solo’s/Leia’s son. Also starting to believe that Kylo Ren is Poe’s evil brother. Possibly that’s the reason why Kylo Ren doesn’t have Poe killed instead of taking him prisoner.

    • July 13, 2015 at 1:15 am
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      I think this is a very good observation and I do believe the film was follow the old eu and have solo offspring with one turning to the dark side, but that is as far as I think they will follow it, I have also read that Poe is on a mission to retrieve rey, who I think will be the other sibling who went into exile following her brother turning to the dark side or some feud between the family

      • July 14, 2015 at 6:54 am
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        ^ That’s the common theory, and while I agree a bit, I actually think Rey is Luke’s daughter, making her and Kylo cousins instead. I don’t think Abrams and Kasdan followed anything from the old EU, so I don’t think there are really any Jacen and Jaina parallels.

  • July 13, 2015 at 12:11 am
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    I get a bit worried that there will be no skywalker offspring in this film, please don’t let this happen

    • July 14, 2015 at 6:50 am
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      That worries me too. I really hope it isn’t true because this is the story of the Skywalkers. Period. Otherwise, it’s an Anthology film. What gives me hope is that Kathleen Kennedy basically said the same exact thing when describing the Anthology films as films that do not have to do with the Skywalker line (or something like that), strongly hinting one of the main characters in the ST will be a Skywalker. Personally, my theory is, like everyone else’s, is that Rey is a Skywalker, just not the one everybody thinks she is. I think she might be Luke’s daughter, rather than Han and Leia’s. I can make a pretty good argument for that theory, but I won’t get into it here cuz it’s really long.

      • July 15, 2015 at 12:59 am
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        I think that there will be no mention of any offsprings in TFA, but that we’ll know if someone is related to a Skywalker in episode VIII (kinda like we discovered in ep V that Luke was vader’s
        Son. This way they can build up the characters well in TFA, and then make the big reveal in ep VIII.
        After all TFA is the first of a trilogy, and while it can have a close story like ep IV, many questions will have no answer.

  • July 13, 2015 at 12:23 am
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    Seems like everyone missed something even more obvious: the score. How about that haunting piano piece that is at the beginning of the video? Could it be Han’s [spoiler] theme?

    • July 13, 2015 at 12:33 am
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      I believe that theme from the video intro is not from the score.

      • July 13, 2015 at 4:27 pm
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        It’s a piece used for the reel only. It is beautiful and dare I say it gives off a vibe of nostalgia, but I know I’ve heard it before in some movie trailer.

  • July 13, 2015 at 12:48 am
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    Potential spoilers:
    Take a look at the scene-numbers on the clapperboard in the openingschots of the video. It comfirms that the shot of the stormtroopers arriving is indeed in the beginning of the movie for example!

  • July 13, 2015 at 1:26 am
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    Hindsight is a funny thing.
    I WISH I never read ANY of those MSW rumours/spoilers..
    with some from this BTS footage now ringing true,it will haunt me if the rumour of Solo is infact true….MOFO!!! 🙁

  • July 13, 2015 at 1:32 am
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    I’ve read somewhere that the woman dressed in a Harlequin-like costume sitting on The Thing’s big brother’s lap in ‘Maz’s Castle’ is Cara Delevingne, and not Carrie’s daughter, Billie Lourd.
    Anybody know if that’s true?

  • July 13, 2015 at 1:43 am
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    Looks like someone getting decapitated in that gif. By a saber.

    Also looks like Nathalie Emmanuel’s big hair at the rebel base.

  • July 13, 2015 at 1:49 am
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    Mesa like this!

  • July 13, 2015 at 2:32 am
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    ***spoilers if you are not interested in leaked rumors***
    My biggest question is why the heck does anyone care about Anikans old lightsaber? I mean maybe kylo is indeed a relic hunter, but it seems too flimsy to be the macguffin if the only purpose for it is to improve Kylo’s Vader cosplay. It doesn’t have any special powers, kylo already has a saber and other Vader relics. And I would be VERY incredulous to think its some secret key to anything since neither luke nor Anikan had it very long to set that up. Short of resurrecting Vader through some magic spell (which they are also not doing I would hope) I can see absolutely no reason that this saber is anything other than a historical curiosity that could be easily replicated. Are the saber macguffin rumors false or is there something I’m missing.

    • July 13, 2015 at 3:50 am
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      **potential spoiler response**
      We don’t even know if Kylo even wants the saber. I think we have all assumed he was after it but he may be after something/someone else. The saber may simply be a small catalyst that sets our heroes off on a search for Skywalker. Dunno, just a thought I had as I read your comment.

  • July 13, 2015 at 2:45 am
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    Diversity is coming…

  • July 13, 2015 at 2:54 am
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    Now dear pepole fans of star wars and haters of ep1 to 3 jj said that he wants kill jar jar now this may be but jar jar abrahams will pretty much ruin this star wars beyond any reason I mean footbal droid how this is any difrent or even worse than ep1 and wiil mickey mouse show in ep7 that would be original

    • July 13, 2015 at 8:17 pm
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      You have absolute zero idea of what you are about to see you know?

  • July 13, 2015 at 3:53 am
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    I don’t get this true fan business. Did anybody need permission to like what they like about these movies? Does anyone now need that kind of permission? I bet it ties into this Star Wars “family” nonsense I’ve been reading in postes ever so often lately.

    You can’t have “Diversity” without accepting diversity of opinion, people. Otherwise you get fascism; you get The Empire. See how I brought that back around there? 😛

    • July 13, 2015 at 3:57 am
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      Look at my title and follow my commands; it would be wise to do so.

      What I say goes!

      • July 13, 2015 at 11:24 am
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        No. Sounds awful and lazy. Just hope its all false.

  • July 13, 2015 at 4:03 am
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    Without spoiling anything, can someone who has read the plot leaks tell me if what they read sounds like the plot of the movie will be really good? Thanks

    • July 13, 2015 at 10:21 am
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      It really depends on personal preference. I can almost promise you the rumored plot if true will be controversial and not universally beloved like empire, but it sounds like a compelling narrative in its own right so it will definatley be a really awesome time at the movies

    • July 13, 2015 at 11:26 am
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      No. Sounds awful and lazy. Just hope there all false.

    • July 13, 2015 at 2:19 pm
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      First act sounds ok but by second act it gets very meh and third act continues that trend. Obviously we don’t have full context but if this is the damn movie it feels like a retread of ANH but with a macguffin. Now I have no envisioned version of this movie in my head but most fans can put together a better movie out of their ass then this supposed leak. Disappointing if this is the movie we get in December

    • July 14, 2015 at 6:41 am
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      Honestly, I think it all depends on context. Most of the leaked stuff are a recap of what happens in various scenes, some pivotal, but there is no dialogue, and very little context besides the other leaked scenes. I will agree that the leaked info is mostly underwhelming, and some of it downright disappointing, but again, that is taken out of context. The dialogue, as well as other non-leaked scenes could make all the difference to whether this film and story is great or not. Personally, I have a theory about Rey, and some of the main plot points that fits well with everything that has been leaked. If I’m right, and that is a big IF, of course, then I think it makes everything we know seem a lot better, and the movie could actually be fantastic. Even if I’m wrong, it could still be amazing. It’s just so hard to tell when all you have is some scene descriptions. If the leaks are correct, though, there is one thing that will piss off most fans, no matter how great the rest of the film is. I won’t give it away, though.

  • July 13, 2015 at 4:04 am
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    All I wanna know is does John Ratzenburger reprise his role as the rebel mailman?

  • July 13, 2015 at 4:46 am
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    Theres a picture of a character with black clothes at the left of the long neck alien…could that be snoke?

  • July 13, 2015 at 5:05 am
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    I know Ford always wanted Solo to die, but I will be seriously bummed if he does.

  • July 13, 2015 at 5:25 am
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    Thanks for this article pointing out the things I missed in the demo reel. Love the behind the scenes shots, and those great clapperboard intro scenes. Looks beautiful with the movie being shot with film instead of digital cameras.

    • July 13, 2015 at 4:18 pm
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      I bet it would look much the same had it been digital.

  • July 13, 2015 at 8:30 am
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    What if Finn is the son of Leia and Lando?

  • July 13, 2015 at 8:36 am
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    Max Von Sydow is General Crix Madine

    • July 14, 2015 at 3:00 am
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      NO, Max von Sydow is Gwendaline Christie

  • July 13, 2015 at 11:38 am
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    Great article Viral;I`m still completely puzzled how MSW got their info – the most secretive shoot in film history and they seem to know 95% of the movie`s plot – how did this happen?…by the way that`s definitely Daisy sitting next to Chewie:}

    • July 13, 2015 at 2:15 pm
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      Yes I’m curious about that too. I’d be interested what part of production his source worked on

  • July 13, 2015 at 1:34 pm
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    For the diversity supporters, Vader is coming back, in pink, and is now female, he is also a kung fu expert and will showcasing his amazing moves in episode 8. Satisfied?

    • July 15, 2015 at 1:10 am
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      I don’t get all this love/hate towards diversity… I just care that they choose good actors and stuntmen, and it seems that it is what they are doing, I don’t care if a character is a woman or a gay or a black person, they just have to be good in their job.

  • July 13, 2015 at 2:24 pm
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    Does anyone else think that this video has been made to include all of the leaked stuff? I mean why did JJ allow us so much time to look at the downed Tie? I don’t think for one minute that they would just give up the secrets and let us put together all the clues.
    But if it all came true we are missing the one massive factor that we do not know about, the reason why all these loved films work. We are missing the dialogue. Those loved lines and the throw away lines that hint at a wider adventure but are never shown.
    That is how it works so well and why we keep coming back for more… Even the PT

  • July 13, 2015 at 2:42 pm
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    I wonder if the prop believed to be Maz Kannata is indeed what Snoke will look like. Very old looking, zombielike, like he’s been through a lot. Kinda matches.

  • July 13, 2015 at 3:15 pm
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    I am sick of all the OT vs. PT debates in every article we post. I removed all such comments from here. If you want to debate this, join our forum and do this in the dedicated place for that. Here it’s considered off-topic.

    • July 13, 2015 at 3:57 pm
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      thank you…

    • July 14, 2015 at 1:36 pm
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      Thanks.

    • July 15, 2015 at 2:09 am
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      Thanks for omitting it but now the added updates are now off topic because we ended at the astromech Droid #11 before updates! The added stuff needs its own section without old comments getting in the way!?

      The princess Leia ROJ rebel olive green look vs leaked photos of black imperial officer’s uniform questions should be a solo topic!? Daisy Ridley’s Rey character fitting a small home inside an AT-AT Walker, rather than finding metal parts and pieces from downed Imperial Battle Cruiser to only sparingly salvage used metals and then, for trade, other metals!? Too much to talk about without solo sections!

  • July 13, 2015 at 3:36 pm
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    I think picture 12 is Black Park behind Pinewood? Didn’t some guys get similar photos by climbing trees and hacking through undergrowth?

  • July 13, 2015 at 3:37 pm
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    It is not that like you are thinking! You can’t have a sequel to things that are basically killed off by ANH and many remnants of more major characters in EP IV-VI (including Ben Kenobi, NO YOUNGER EWAN-TYPE, Yoda, Darth Vader, NOT HELMET AND SUIT, many Imperial leaders and officers, Emperor Palpatine)!

    There is no need to consider all the past characters (most should have died out to be the way of the lifeforce to the living)! We now have new story characters to build with only OT surviving rebels to focus on; and, same thing with merchandising so as to not confuse newer people and non-Star Wars fans (!? Yet) or other moviegoers what they should buy to patronize the correct movies they now want to buy for! — IT IS JUST EASIER TO CONCENTRATE ON NEW OWNERS, DISNEY’S, UPCOMING 100s or 1000s MERCHANDISING NEWER STUFF! If there ever becomes a larger EU to PT Disney appeal vs what they are giving then and only then will they bring it back! IT MAKES NO SENSE WHEN YOU GO WITH NEW AND IMPROVED MINDSET!

  • July 13, 2015 at 3:39 pm
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    Fishy that Mark Hammill seems to be present at Greenham Common. Seems pretty apparent Mark did some kind of substantial filming outside the (presumed) final scene sequences on Skellig Michael. Third act is definitely in super tight lockdown and/or sources that have been spoiling simply just don’t have the desire to leak that part of the film.

    • July 13, 2015 at 3:52 pm
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      I have wondered if the leaks we have heard so far are true, but that they only lead us up to the end of the 2nd act – ie Luke has the big reveal, receiving his saber back as reported, but this then kicks off the final section and the big climax which has been kept under tighter wraps.

      • July 13, 2015 at 6:52 pm
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        Second act leaks are still even patchy at best. There’ve been a couple specific scenes that be pointed to but it’s much harder to map out the general arc of whats going on, as opposed to the first act, for example, where it’s pretty certain we can map out 75%-80% of the nature of the conflict and plot turns.

    • July 13, 2015 at 9:12 pm
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      Force Ghost….

      NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

      Or something similar, droid message or a very accurate hologram (they must have improved in quality)

    • July 15, 2015 at 5:52 am
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      no they seem to have a desire to be able to say I told you so, so they’d leak everything.

  • July 13, 2015 at 3:42 pm
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    Have to say that Carrie is looking really good in that picture – don’t know if it’s the health regime or just talented makeup artists but that’s the best I’ve seen her looking in a looong time.

  • July 13, 2015 at 3:53 pm
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    Any thoughts of that grey full-scale figure of a bald man in the creature workshop (min 01:54)? Just from the cheekbones, it looks a bit like Domhanall Gleeson’s (General Hux) character.

  • July 13, 2015 at 4:00 pm
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    Leia is wearing a wedding ring…
    …trailer lightsaber recipient is wearing a wedding ring.

    Who is she married to?

    Is it a wedding ring or something even more important?

    Or is it just a red herring…

    • July 13, 2015 at 11:31 pm
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      She married Tyrion Lannister to form an alliance.

    • July 14, 2015 at 6:28 am
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      Personally, my theory is that she and Han are married, but have been separated for several years for reasons that tie into other theories I have. The fact she is part of the leadership of the Resistance, while Han and Chewie are seemingly adventuring around the galaxy lends some credence to this idea.

  • July 13, 2015 at 4:44 pm
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    I’m telling you,
    that officer Leia talks to is Gleeson’s character.

    • July 13, 2015 at 5:53 pm
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      Too big across the shoulders and not a redhead

    • July 13, 2015 at 11:30 pm
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      er…the guy looks like Adam Driver but with brown hair. Doesn’t look a thing like Gleason.

  • July 13, 2015 at 5:29 pm
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    …so Mark Hamill was at Greenham Common,very interesting – maybe Mark just come along and watched a lot of the filming though (ha,maybe he pilots an x-wing again in the final battle,how cool would that be!)

    • July 13, 2015 at 5:38 pm
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      Maybe his is the black x-wing

  • July 13, 2015 at 5:47 pm
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    Someone please tell me who the woman playing a Gonk droid is. Gonks are the best!

  • July 13, 2015 at 5:55 pm
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    also the slates in he beginning of the video reveals the scene numbers. I don’t have time to analyze all of them but it’s interesting to see that the storm trooper scene inside what seems to be a transporter (from the first teaser) is scene #3 which is right in the beginning of the movie.

    • July 13, 2015 at 6:24 pm
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      They dont shoot in order. It may have been the 3rd scene shot, not necessarily the 3rd shot of the movie….

      • July 13, 2015 at 6:37 pm
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        No, the ‘Scene Number’ on the clap board is indeed an indication of when in the movie it takes place. It’s necessary for the editors to see this precisely because, as you said, movies are more often than not shot out of sequence.

        You can see to the left of the ‘Scene Number’ the Roll Number, which is a better indicator of how far in production the particular scene was shot. Notice that Roll 37 is in the desert (the location where filming began) while rolls 57 and 58 are Imperial interiors, which were likely film at Pinewood upon the production’s returns from Abu Dhabi.

        • July 14, 2015 at 6:24 am
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          ^ What he said. Scene Number is from the script. It is THE BEST possible indicator of the chronological order of the shots we see within the film.

          • July 15, 2015 at 5:49 am
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            maybe they just superimposed the slate in front of any scene

    • July 13, 2015 at 9:43 pm
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      What we seen in the BTS footage, was specially selected to show exactly what they wanted us to see, which I think we can take for granted was nothing that would give away the plot.

  • July 13, 2015 at 6:22 pm
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    I want shiny black Empire floors in my kitchen

    • July 13, 2015 at 11:29 pm
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      Every time you for a midnight oreo you’ll scare yourself thinking the floor is a big pit.

  • July 13, 2015 at 8:39 pm
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    In the second picture of #11, in the update, isn’t that Leia talking to Kylo Ren in normal clothing?

  • July 13, 2015 at 10:02 pm
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    anyone else notice beyoga/finn has some hair missing in one shot? Laser blast? Singed off playing with the lightsaber? Oh wait its just sand in his afro lol

  • July 13, 2015 at 11:44 pm
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    So what’s the big monster in this flick? Every movie had at least one.

    • July 14, 2015 at 10:16 am
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      I hear it’s Finn’s junk!!

      • July 14, 2015 at 6:39 pm
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        Rey is a junk collector. Fitting.

        • July 15, 2015 at 1:30 am
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          Kylo Ren looks like like a duck.

  • July 14, 2015 at 1:01 am
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    The Rebels have a very WWI vibe about them in this film

  • July 14, 2015 at 1:06 am
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    Midgets have quite good employment prospects. If they work in the entertainment sector.

  • July 14, 2015 at 12:32 pm
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    I haven’t read this leaked plot that people are now assuming is 90% accurate, but from what I’ve heard, it sounds like people think Luke will have a small role in this movie and that the original 3 won’t have much interaction.

    Looking at the pictures above, it certainly seems like the original 3 are all on the same set. It’s also been pretty clear that JJ doesn’t let people who are not involved in a scene on set.

    I’m thinking, and hoping, that this leak/rumour will prove to be untrue.

  • July 14, 2015 at 4:46 pm
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    “The Force Awakens” infers the yawn fest that has been GL’s ATTEMPT at a cinematic legacy is now being energised by Corporate Powerhouse that will take it’s $4billion investment and create the Ultimate Power in the Universe. Don’t be too proud of this Cinematic Terror that is being constructed, the ability to buy out George Lucas is insignificant to the Power of the Farce…

    • July 14, 2015 at 8:54 pm
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      You sir, are a moron. George Lucas obviously did not care for the development of a story – history shows he put all his chips on red (5), being the rights to merchandising the poodoo out of his original concept. Four billion was just the icing on the bantha.

  • July 14, 2015 at 8:27 pm
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    The Stormtrooper escorting Poe Dameron has exactly the same stocky build, with slightly bow legs, as John Boyega. And they are the same height.
    I have a theory that this is a planned move – part of a plot to infiltrate a base / HQ maybe – with Boyega pretending to have O. Isaac as his prisoner.

    • July 14, 2015 at 8:41 pm
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      Great shot kid, don’t get stocky…

    • August 3, 2015 at 4:23 pm
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      Makes sense, thats maybe why there is only one trooper escorting him.

  • July 15, 2015 at 6:09 am
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    [Spoiler Caution]

    The long neck alien is Snoke.

  • July 15, 2015 at 6:58 am
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    Where’s all the people swearing Domhnall Gleeson was Luke’s son?

  • August 3, 2015 at 4:21 pm
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    I like how JJ shoots his stuff outside in natural light (the cockpit picture), he done that alot in the Star Trek films and they look so much better then them trying to match a greenscreen background.

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