UPDATE! Interviews and Photos With The Force Awakens Cast!


Several interviews with the main players from the Lucasfilm panel were posted after the end of the event at Comic Con. Hit the jump to check out the videos plus several new photos with the cast…







And some more photos after the event:







Me and the team! A photo posted by @john_boyega on






EntertainmentWeekly shared several photos with the cast as well:








It’s curious that they chose only Mark Hamill from the original cast. 😉


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119 thoughts on “UPDATE! Interviews and Photos With The Force Awakens Cast!

  • July 11, 2015 at 7:29 pm

    Remember we are using practical effects!

    • July 11, 2015 at 8:14 pm

      Joyless fanboys need to stop with this shitty narrative. What a lame thing to bitch about.

      • July 11, 2015 at 8:29 pm

        Yeah it’s like nothing makes them happy. These same PT’ers were the ones calling out OT fanatics for not being “true fans” when dissing the PT. Now they don’t like hearing about VII I guess.

        I will attempt to ignore them from now on unless they say something obnoxious that pleads for correction… which is quite often unfortunately.

        • July 11, 2015 at 9:02 pm

          i think he means the narrative of trashing CGI in and of itself?

    • July 11, 2015 at 8:39 pm

      Oh STFU already. They are saying it a lot for a reason. Not everyone checks for the tiniest blip of Star Wars news every 5 seconds like us….and if you think they are going to have a panel at frigging Comic Con and not talk up the large use of practical effects and sets…then you’re delusional or not that bright.

      • July 11, 2015 at 11:32 pm

        Nonsense. The ONLY people who care about this CGI/Practical narrative are the diehard fans. Nobody else. Promise. The repetition of this bit of propaganda from Disney/LFL, packaged along with all the other nostalgic circle-jerk is intended to convince the die hards to go “THIS IS GONNA BE TEH BEZT STARS WAR EVER!”.

        • July 12, 2015 at 12:26 am

          I completely agree! Casual moviegoers don’t give crap! If they would Jurassic World, Transformers, Avatar and other similar CGI-fests wouldn’t be so succesful.

          • July 12, 2015 at 2:09 am

            These old geezers have their misguided feelings of nostalgia blinding them so much that they conveniently forget that there are casual moviegoers seeing these movies too.

          • July 13, 2015 at 5:43 pm

            As long as you’re going with the: “Makes money, good movie” standard, I guess you’re right….from a certain point of view.

        • July 12, 2015 at 3:24 am

          Not true. Anyone who cares about film at least a little bit has an opinion on the overuse of CGI, it’s not just a Star Wars thing. When CGI is used as the focus of scenes rather than a tool to enhance the scene, the movie suffers for it.

          That’s the reason why I think that Lord of the Rings looks fantastic, but The Hobbit only looks so-so. I’m not a die-hard Tolkien fanboy, but the excessive use of CGI kept popping me out of the Hobbit movies.

          By the way, CGI does not make big movies popular. They are popular DESPITE it. Anything with a sizeable budget is going to use CGI to save money and time, there aren’t many non-CGI alternatives outside of indie films.

          • July 12, 2015 at 4:13 pm

            I know plenty of people that are casual movie-goers that have been sick of CGI. I just had a conversation about this last night at a wedding with my uncles and cousins who don’t really care about Star Wars. We were on the topic of Jurassic World and discussing how fake some of the scenes looked when compared to the first one. There was only one practical effect used in that entire film (JW) and it was very emotional – you felt like the Dino was actually there. We all agreed there should be more effects like that.

        • July 12, 2015 at 5:03 pm

          Hey Nony Nony Moose, Skippy, Anonymous 02:09 AM

          If your film references are the Star Wars prequels, you are far away from the casual moviegoer yourselves, not us.

          The diagnosis couldn’t be more wrong. People DO CARE about practical effects, and most of the people (except the PT’ers minority) are pricing this.

          Grow up. Go out. Watch films that are older than you. Learn to appreciate culture. Read about filmmaking and screenwriting to know what makes a story good. Stop watching kitten videos in youtube. Drink Beer instead of soda. Learn to listen to older, smarter people than you. Accept you are not always right.

          And then, you re-watch the prequels, you come back and we keep talking.

          Hopefully by that time we will have seen Episode VII, and you will be able to share the experience in a smarter, cultivated dialog.

    • July 11, 2015 at 11:22 pm

      I hope they do this just to get under the skin of people like you. These people making this movie truly do want to make the best story possible. If they kill a legacy charector or give another a cameo role, then I know they have done this after a lot of thought and consideration. A good movie sometimes has content that will hurt you emotionally.
      Imagine if the PT came out first and we waited 20 years to see Obi Wan die. It would hurt us but as we know this was for the betterment of the story

      • July 11, 2015 at 11:35 pm

        the ‘betterment’ of the story was making the OT first as a more concise and eventful story and not having to wait for him to die in the first place.

    • July 12, 2015 at 10:46 am

      i agree , some people care so much they are willing to have it take over their lives and issue threats against life and property . this is why i dont go to events , these people scare me.

  • July 11, 2015 at 7:34 pm

    The new storm troopers look like Lemmy from Motörhead.

    Rumor CONFIRMED.

    • July 11, 2015 at 7:41 pm

      Does anyone know if this film will be using cgi or practical effects. Haven’t heard much on this????

      • July 11, 2015 at 7:46 pm

        I hope there’s no CGI because somehow CGI has gone back in time and totally destroyed my childhood.Practical effects are the only chance I have left for a happy future.

        • July 11, 2015 at 8:09 pm

          1) “CGI has gone back in time” that makes no sense *facepalm*

          2) You will probably not be a fan of Maz Kanata nor Supreme Leader Snoke.

          3) You must’ve not seen those shots of green/blue screen being utilized (technically, CGI is not the same as the utilization of green/blue screen but you get the idea).

          • July 11, 2015 at 8:18 pm

            Look up “Sarcasm”

  • July 11, 2015 at 7:43 pm

    The new stormtroopers all look a little husky to me.

  • July 11, 2015 at 7:47 pm

    It was nice to see Driver show up for the interview.

    • July 11, 2015 at 7:53 pm

      Driver/Miss Daisy

  • July 11, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    Can anybody tell me where and when I can get my The Black Series First Order Stormtrooper online?

    • July 11, 2015 at 10:48 pm

      you have to download it and 3d print it yourself.

  • July 11, 2015 at 8:43 pm

    Mark Hamill is getting even more fit and in shape. He looks great!

  • July 11, 2015 at 9:01 pm

    THanks for all the pics and updates!

  • July 11, 2015 at 9:13 pm

    Sigh..reading these comments makes me wonder. Also, the whole practical effects things is shoved down a throats a bit, but honestly, what else can they say. You know JJ and his mystery box, spoilers just ruin things. Look at the new terminator flick, i think the suprise about John Connor wouldn’t so stupid if they kept it a secret. But no doubt some corporate focus group just sat down together in a room and said.

    “Hmm, what big advertising gimmick can we use to reel in the fans” Said the snarky douchbag Hollywood executive,before he took a sip of his decafe latte from Starbucks. “Hey!” blurted the buck tooth Hollywood Executive to the far right, “Why don’t we make another terminator model, like some weird nano-technology, 3d printing robot–but with a twist!….lets make it John Connor!”.

    The other Hollywood executives in the room gasped, one of them fell back from their chair, another drooled at the very thought.

    “My god…we’re going to make so much fucking money!” Said the nasal voiced Hollywood executive.

    Suddenly, Micheal bay dressed in a Hawaiian shirt, Bermuda shorts, and designer sun glasses. Kicks open the office door, holding a loud boom box on his shoulder, that was blasting obnoxious techno music. Wrapped around his arms we’re two Victoria Secret supermodels, dressed in bikini’s.

    “Did some say….MONAY!” said Micheal

    And with that,Micheal bay threw some cash in the air, and the Hollywood snobs had a massive dance party, dwelling in their inept stupidity.

    • July 11, 2015 at 9:39 pm

      9 year old Anakin be mindful! Hey why don’t you go outside in your green screen and hop on your storefront pod some more! I know it is hard that George Lucas can’t come over and help fill in your assets so you can impress some 14 year old Padme! And if you are older hop on all the cars in your neighborhood; but, don’t forget the green screen! This way to you, and not the movie audience, you look like your NOT DOING SOMETHING ACCORDING TO THE WAY YOUR ACTING!? There has got to be another CGI lovin chick out there. … Where’s Natalie!?

  • July 11, 2015 at 9:30 pm

    so many tantrums from “grown ups!” Lol!

  • July 11, 2015 at 9:37 pm

    We need concert footage!!!

  • July 11, 2015 at 9:59 pm

    ok gentlemen. Lets wait til Episode 7 comes out before anyone goes mad. There were doubts by many when we first heard Disney was taking over. Doubts about JJ.. Then 2 trailers have come out, and we feeling it. The Force tells us this will be a great movie…..



  • July 11, 2015 at 10:11 pm

    So, no trailer and no film footage: ok I guess (I’ll take the BTS video though)

    More talk about practical effects: like it hasn’t been talked about for the umpteenth time (ok, we get it! Nothing wrong with that but it’s nothing new and I’m sure the movie will look great).

    Now, how about something else that’s new about TFA? Something that we don’t already know like an official synopsis and/or the opening crawl?

  • July 11, 2015 at 10:13 pm

    Mark Hammill is and was and will always be a great guy. Respect him to death.

    • July 11, 2015 at 11:19 pm

      he doesn’t look too bad right now either. Maybe he’s training for the next movie?

    • July 11, 2015 at 10:42 pm

      The Day any Marvel / Dc movie is better then Star Wars, Hell will freeze over and they’ll make it a ski resort!!!

      • July 11, 2015 at 10:52 pm

        Spoken like a true nerd (and I’m not necessarily saying that as something positive).

        Don’t be talking as if your life depended on Star Wars.

        • July 11, 2015 at 11:05 pm

          says the anonymous keyboard warrior

          • July 11, 2015 at 11:08 pm

            Oh, you’re just salty because people are having a field day on your ass over your stupid blanket statement! Ease up, man!

      • July 11, 2015 at 11:02 pm

        Totally. The dynamic and completely believable romance between Anakin and Padme in Attack of the Clones brought cinema to a new pinnacle of excellence. The way Padme said, “I like the water,” and the way Anakin said, “I don’t like sand,” filled my heart with compassion. Heath Ledger can suck a dick in Hell, because his Joker does not hold a candle to Attack of the Clones.

        Amen. Well done, George Lucas.

        • July 11, 2015 at 11:50 pm

          Oh, absolutely. And Bane speaking like a retarded deaf kid, that was super scary indeed, especially when contrasted with Bale’s tour-de-force performance as “Man with one-note delivery”. Bestest moovee evahrs.

          • July 11, 2015 at 11:58 pm

            When Jar Jar the Retarded Space Rabbit hopped around the battlefield for 15 minutes, making silly noises and accidentally destroying foes, I saw Laurence Olivier and Orson Welles wrapped into a singular entity of pure perfection. Neither DC nor Warner Bros. will ever produce anything better than Star Wars.

          • July 12, 2015 at 1:28 am

            Just for clarification, I love Star Wars. However, I deeply resent blanket statements that claim that something else could not be as good or better. I love Batman just as much as Star Wars, but both franchise have serious flaws.

        • July 11, 2015 at 11:58 pm

          The sarcasm in your post is so obvious.

          Bravo, you get a gold star!

      • July 11, 2015 at 11:26 pm

        Guardians of the Galaxy pees all over the PT (in case you’re OLD SCHOOL and think of them as Star Wars movies)

        • July 11, 2015 at 11:41 pm

          It’s more complicated than that. Gaurdians is more fun, no question, but the PT has far more going on both thematically and story-wise, including a villain who has goals that make sense, and who isn’t a throw-away character offering no real threat to the heroes.

          • July 12, 2015 at 6:13 am

            Darth Maul you speak of?

        • July 12, 2015 at 12:08 am

          I though everyone here hates Marvel MCU movies 😉

    • July 12, 2015 at 2:10 am

      Well can’t they both be great? Didn’t know they had to out do each other.

    • July 12, 2015 at 6:32 am

      Well….the movie may suck, but at least we can enjoy the trailers, similar to Man Of Murder. I gotta say, I still hate Gall Gagot as Waifer Woman and Eisenberg as Lex but this trailer was pretty fucking awesome. I liked that we got to see Clark Kent at the Daily Planet finally. I liked the scene with Superman and Martha Kent. Batman looked pretty good. And this was the first time I can honestly say Ben Affleck looked like Bruce Wayne. So if the movie sucks, I can at least enjoy the trailers. Looks like they’re covering their asses with the sequel by making some of the problems with Man Of Murder that they didn’t think were problems until the reviews came out the focal point of the movie….it would have been better if they just learned from them and moved on instead of dragging them out in the sequel, and some of the dialogue/writing here looks atrocious yet again, but whatever.

      That said, I’m so glad they’re actually keeping kryptonite green here instead of brown as rumored, it was awesome to see the ROBIN costume, and this looks better than Man Of Murder so far, but I ain’t getting’ my hopes up!

      Crap writing/dialogue detected: “The red capes are coming! The red capes are coming!” …that was nauseatingly, show-stoppingly, groan worthily bad. (And it’s a reference for “The redcoats (british) are coming!” as heard during the Revolutionary War for those history illiterate that missed the reference and thought it was great writing (i.e., 80% of Zack Snyder’s audience))

      Another groaner: “People hate what they don’t understand” HOLY HECK did we not hear this enough in the last movie? It was clichéd and tired then, and we’ve heard it LITERALLY EVERYWHERE before. Looks like Goyer wasn’t the only one to blame for the crap-awful dialogue in Man Of Murder after all, like I said from day one. Snyder has final say on what is in the films, and, of Goyer and Snyder, as shitty as Goyer is, only one of them worked on an Oscar nominated film, and it wasn’t Zack Snyder.

      And as much as I liked that Clark and Martha had a moment together, her “you don’t owe these people anything” speech reminded me of that awful dialogue from Anne Hathaway’s Catwoman in The Dark Knight Retires trailer. “You’ve given them EVERYTHING”– BARF.

      Over-the-top pretentiously loud choir music at the end of trailer is also a check.

      • July 12, 2015 at 10:21 am

        God you have too much time on your hands. I mean that rant/opinion of a movie trailer that has literally nothing to do with what this website is even about…took what, twenty minutes to write. A lot of time you have, yes, yeaaass…heeh heeh. Yoda thinks crazy you are.

    • July 12, 2015 at 6:48 pm

      this movie is going to horrible..it was rushed/written/ and made too soon. there should of been a couple more superman movies first. actually there should have been movies for all of the heroes first to establish the characters…as much as I am excited to have wonderwoman back…and to have batman actually being a comic book hero again…I am not happy that they are just throwing these characters in superman’s world out of nowhere and so quikly…it doesn’t make sense and is bound to fail.They are throwing too much shit into one movie all at once.

  • July 11, 2015 at 10:34 pm

    I was 4 when I saw the original STAR WARS in 1977. THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK elevated what I loved about the first movie already – tenfold. I was 10 when RETURN OF THE JEDI came out – and if not as fully original (ie 2nd Death Star) as the first two SW films – I still loved it.

    Although I would have given anything as a teenager and later to see another SW film or trilogy made – by maybe 1987 or so it was just plainly clear the book was CLOSED.

    I never believed another film series could make me feel what the STAR WARS saga caused me to feel. Time marched on… although a role playing game emerged in comic stores – TOY STORE shelves were *empty* of Star Wars product by 1986.

    Two moments relaunched “an awakening” of the saga in the public’s consciousness:

    1- Timothy Zahn’s best-selling hardcover novel “Heir To The Empire”. And…

    2- Dark Horse’s 6-issue comic series “Dark Empire”.

    There had not been a novel in years, and 1986 or so marked the end of Marvel’s STAR WARS comic run with #107.

    There has not been a year SINCE 1991 that the dormant Star Wars fan base has has to go without a novel, a comic, an action figure, a LEGO set, a cartoon episode, or even another (prequel-era) MOVIE.

    It’s fine that fans and foes ALL have a way to voice their opinions about Jar Jar or Chewie, CGI vs practical – whatever.

    But someone (older, like me! LOL) needs to point out what needs to be realized here: STAR WARS has gone underground, away completely, once BEFORE… (about 1986-1991). STAR TREK fans know – as die-hard as they are, they have seen ebb and flow as well.

    As a man of 42 today, if there is just a COUPLE take-aways I sincerely hope that younger fans (esp my teenage children’s / prequel-era fans) take away, it is THIS:

    1- *ANTICIPATION*. Tom Petty once sang “The Waiting” is the hardest part… but for Star Wars fans, it is perhaps the most fun as well. Like Christmas – the 4 weeks from Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve build up equal parts anxiety AND excitement; that build-up in our hearts make Christmas morning as special as it is. The *ANTICIPATION* – the BUILD-UP – to a new Star Wars film (and the rebirth of the saga, as we have known it) is what makes this time so exciting (and nerve-wracking) until December 18th…….

    2- *GEORGE LUCAS*. So maligned recently – and especially (and unfortunately) – by original trilogy fans. I had to sleep on a cold Orlando sidewalk in 2010 for the chance to finally SEE “The Maker” in person (interviewed by Jon Stewart @ SW Celebration V)… as I saw him, I realized this is just a man, a person; imperfect, flawed, normal as anyone else in that convention center theater. What made him notable was that he made his dreams come true. He could not have done it alone either. Laughable dialogue, Jar Jar, too much CGI, I KNOW all the complaints – but I just experienced a quiet awe over this one decent person’s accomplishments in his lifetime. If his coworkers complained as much as many of us do, it’s conceivable that “Star Wars” never made it past Ralph McQuarrie’s storyboards.

    Seeing the images of NEW actors at San Diego Comic Con – alongside Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, and (surprise!) HARRISON FORD has really put the legacy of George Lucas into perspective for me today.

    Enjoy the *ANTICIPATION*… a new movie, new conflict, new characters, and a new ERA of Star Wars is being created for delivery to your hometown theater this December. ENJOY the “not knowing”… relish your own sense of anticipation for Star Wars. It will never feel this “new” or “uncertain” for you or your fellow fans again after this year’s Christmas holiday…

    2- *GRATITUDE*. Just as one day Walt Disney passed away, and the keys to the kingdom had to be transferred – George Lucas has taken steps IN HIS LIFETIME to secure the legacy that (even if divided) we all cherish from ONE era or another.

    Thank the Maker. My childhood was made AMAZING with your vision. And from 1999 onward, your vision gave my CHILDREN an amazing childhood as well.

    George Lucas… THANK YOU.

    • July 11, 2015 at 11:43 pm

      Facinating essay you’ve wri…zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…….

      • July 12, 2015 at 2:58 am

        Anyone else notice the brief clip where the Rebels are gathering at the ramp of the Falcon looking like their paying respects to a fallen legend

        • July 12, 2015 at 8:11 am

          yeah but let’s not take it too seriously because there are cameramen and crew in there as well. More interesting to me is BigAfroRebel, who is in the background of both Carrie Fisher shots and the Falcon gathering here. which means that Han and Leia must cross paths at Greenham Common base.

      • July 12, 2015 at 11:04 pm

        Oh come on, that was a nice and (for a change) positive read.

        • July 14, 2015 at 5:12 pm

          Truly a force for change.

          (shameless, I have no shames)

  • July 11, 2015 at 10:45 pm

    Can I draw everyone’s attention to 2:22 and 2:37 of the behind the scenes vid. Who are these new fighters?

    • July 11, 2015 at 11:01 pm

      They are nothing I recognize. Very interesting.

    • July 12, 2015 at 7:25 am

      Option 1: First Order Spec Forces
      Option 2: Forces of the wider Empire
      Option 3: Forces of rival imperial faction
      Option 4: The Resistance (unlikely, based on costumes)
      Option 5: The New Republic.
      Opetion 6: Just a navy variant of something normal.

      My money is on five, based on that maroon/red tone and weird looking headgear (throwbacks to the old republic perhaps?).

      The most likely/least interesting is that they are just naval troops, like the imperial navy techs & engineers in the OT.

      Feel free to add to the list anyone, or link through to the cantina if this is already being discussed somewhere more civilised.

      • July 12, 2015 at 9:35 am

        Option 7: DeVo reunion

  • July 11, 2015 at 10:52 pm

    “Darth Plagueis in the movie?” NO! Darth Vegas?

  • July 11, 2015 at 11:03 pm

    In the behind-the-scenes video at 3:08, JJ and KK are looking at a video screen of what looks like someone using a lightsaber to defend or murder in a hallway of some sort. Any ideas on who this is or what this scene may be?

    • July 12, 2015 at 2:16 am

      Noticed that too. Seems to be Kylo Ren wielding his lightsaber.

    • July 12, 2015 at 7:31 am

      looks like Finn escaping captivity

      • July 12, 2015 at 9:31 am

        either way, JJ and KK think its funny as FF.

  • July 11, 2015 at 11:07 pm

    I’m leaving, way to many trolls and negative
    people on this site.

    • July 11, 2015 at 11:46 pm

      And then everyone will be really sorry, and why didn’t they recognize your genius? That will show them, that will show them all!

      • July 12, 2015 at 12:44 am

        dick move dude…

        • July 12, 2015 at 2:55 am

          Gotta agree w/ Spaceball. There’s a lot of rude and uncalled for replies, comments and name calling on this board.

          Dunno if the admins are just interested in the traffic numbers but its kinda hard, and discouraging, trying to have a conversation here sometimes about what might be the best SW movies yet.

          • July 12, 2015 at 7:46 am

            flop over to the cantina!

  • July 11, 2015 at 11:18 pm

    They must speak more about PRACTICAL EFFECTS!!!.

  • July 11, 2015 at 11:19 pm

    We have practical effects in this movie!?!
    I did not know that

  • July 11, 2015 at 11:40 pm

    Don’t like the new Duck Troopers.

  • July 11, 2015 at 11:47 pm

    Can we believe JJ said No for the Darth plagues ?
    Reaction from Kasdon makes me another John Harrison

    • July 12, 2015 at 9:34 am

      Maybe it would be like asking “is the emperor in TPM?”

      yes and no, and any answer either way would sort of spoil the surprise.

    • July 12, 2015 at 2:55 pm

      The guy asked for Plagueis in Ep VII.
      Maybe he is only in Ep VIII or IX…

  • July 12, 2015 at 12:12 am

    Sarlaac Pitt…Any relation to Brad?

  • July 12, 2015 at 12:12 am

    Everything great and all, but WHY does Carrie ‘photobomb’ all her pictures with that duck face? Where did her cute but self conscious smile go?

  • July 12, 2015 at 12:17 am

    Ford with that lightsaber.

    My glob. <333

    • July 12, 2015 at 2:50 pm

      I always wondered if Leia and Luke would have eventually tried to teach Han the ways of the force, if only for knowledge and self-defence.

  • July 12, 2015 at 12:18 am

    It’s now officially confirmed C3p0 has a dark colored left arm.

    • July 12, 2015 at 2:43 pm

      i believe the arm is probably just CG. easier that way, and better for storytelling.

  • July 12, 2015 at 12:39 am

    Star Wars TFA will use practical special effects, not just CGI

  • July 12, 2015 at 3:54 am

    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 4:23 pm

      actually, i was 4 when SW came out and i am quite glad Disney picked it up to continue the legacy…not all of us original fans only want the story told from a “certain point of view”…i enjoyed the prequels, Clone Wars, & Rebels very much and cannot wait to see not only how the story progress, but in how it’s told as well (as in filmed, FX, storytelling, etc.) what i am more disappointed in is the fans attitudes and rudeness…very disappointed in the fan community,no wonder Lucas sold his creation. people over the age of 18 in here need to grow up and remember its ONLY A MOVIE…not a life choice…it’s sucking the fun right out of it…no one is ruining your childhood, let it go man, unplug and go check out real life outside the net and movies…SW is fun for nostalgia and for the new fans, but as Lucas himself said, “don’t let it become your life, let it inspire you, not become you”

    • July 12, 2015 at 5:18 pm

      Uh…it is the Gen-X’ers and members of older generations who are writing and directing the movies.

      • July 12, 2015 at 6:03 pm

        True but that doesn’t mean that the new ST movies are being targeted towards Gen X-ers. 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).

    • July 12, 2015 at 6:57 pm

      hey buddy…your generation almost destroyed Star WArs….so its pretty safe to say that you can go suck on a choad.When they destroyed the EU, I felt like I won the lottery…JOYGASM!!

      • July 12, 2015 at 9:32 pm

        Blah, blah, blah, whine, whine, whine…….typical talk from an irrational and delusional PT hater/basher who thinks he’s in the minority (but it’s a fact that he’s in the minority based on various evidence and statistics). You want some whine with that cheese?

        And what the hell does the old EU have to do with this anyway?

    • July 13, 2015 at 9:26 am

      From the footage we’ve seen I think Star Wars is evolving beautifully: How it’s being told from a lowly stormtrooper’s perspective, the rumor that Han and Leia might be separated, the sense of tension and urgency in some of the clips, the possible use of flashbacks, the OT stormtrooper who painted his armor black and turned pirate, believable use of ethnic diversity, the return to earlier film making techniques not as a stagnant default of the time but as a concious revisiting to achieve a level of stylistic consistency that has probably never been attempted in a sequel so many years after the original, the ball droid that actually works etc. If Gen-X is causing TFA to be what it’s shaping up to be then I think they are doing a great job. What JJ and Kathleen are doing is much more interesting than a new mauve colored lightsaber or an army of 1,000,000,000,000,000 siths charging through another cheap cgi landscape (though if it were 9,000,000,000,000,000,000 siths that might be another story).

  • July 12, 2015 at 4:17 am

    Looks like everyone is having a lot of fun…except Granpa…I don’t care what he says, I still think he doesn’t wanna be there.

  • July 12, 2015 at 4:22 am

    Yes, all this emphasis on practical effects is starting to come across as a slap at Lucas.

    But since Lucas has done little but slap the original fans that Kathleen Kennedy just admitted, were the ones that gave Lucas the success he had making it possible for the PT and FA and everything beyond ANH to happen well… it’s just quid pro quo.

  • July 12, 2015 at 6:55 am

    Adam Driver really gives me the feeling that he’s gonna be the greatest character/actor in all SW history. There is something about that guy.

    I have great expectations.

    • July 12, 2015 at 7:50 am

      looks they may have kept a little of the ‘moral ambiguity’ that George said the ST would be about. Shades of grey when the OT was black & white.

      Hopefully Kylo is an anti-hero. Or a more complex character than the usual straight-forward villainy.

  • July 12, 2015 at 10:06 am

    Gray was what prequel was all about and Disney really disdain.TFA is OT in 21century. Fun,but no new thing.

  • July 12, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    Does anyone else notice how there seems to be something wrong with Harrison Ford’s face? His facial mannerisms look at lot like he has paralysis on one side, which is often from either a stroke or nerve damage. Could the injuries from the plane crash have been worse than we were told? Something doesn’t seem normal there. I hope it’s just not fully healed yet, and nothing permanent.

    • July 12, 2015 at 2:47 pm

      he’s probably just got botox on one or both sides of his forehead while they try to repair the damaged patch on his right hand side. i can see that he lost a significant amount of flesh there, and they had to stretch and patch it. i should know, i’ve had cancers and stuff cut out of my face. it’s not pretty, but depending on how much cash you’ve got, they can do pretty amazing stuff these days.

      • July 12, 2015 at 4:19 pm

        Dang! I hope you are doing OK now. And thank you for the informed answer to a question I was wondering about too.

  • July 12, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    INT. NIGHT. MAZ KANATA’S SPEAKEASY.Strange jazz music is playing. Saloon doors swing open, and Rey, Finn and Han enter, all casting long shadows. The music stops abruptly. A small alien approaches the group, and tugs on Han’s overcoat.
    “are you really him….are you HanSolo?”
    “I used to be.(addressing crowd of pirates and smugglers)… I’m looking for the lady of the house. Is she in?”

  • July 12, 2015 at 4:22 pm

    I like Driver’s comment about “open-ended-ness”, as I agree there was a bit too little left to the imagination in PT. I liked the amount of stuff that was left unexplained in the OT, I hope Driver’s summation that this film is more open-ended is accurate.

    And the thing about the Practical FX, while sounding like a broken record, it IS a valid point. Actors like to be IN the scene.

    • July 12, 2015 at 4:29 pm

      ah, good idea Dude…i am a HUGE fan of Phantasm, and if you have ever watched that series, it basically has spent the last 36 years saying nothing, but that’s part of its charm as the phans project into the characters & situations. never really considered that as part of SW, but yeah, i remember how mysterious the Clone Wars sounded, and this mysterious emperor that controlled the enigmatic Darth Vader and so on…good point and i would agree a bit of mystery sounds nice in the SW universe again.

      • July 12, 2015 at 6:13 pm

        There’s still a bit of mystery even with the PT added on (and everyone should’ve known in the beginning, even before TPM, that the PT was going to be about the backstory of how Anakin became Vader, the end of the Republic and the beginning of the Empire, etc). There’s still the mystery of how Anakin came to be in existence, how the creation of the Clone Army came to be (as far the details on how it was requested) and a few more other things. If anything, the PT continued on this tradition of mystery, mystery that fans seems to like about the SW saga. Also, don’t forget that it’s 19 years between ROTS and ANH; that’s a big chunk of time where, even though there’s been material out there that describes events between that time, there’s still various unknowns surrounding that time period.

        One last thing: this sense of mystery is something that us fans need to learn to let go. Believe me (and it’s already evident), Disney will milk all of these time gaps with all the various books, comics, games, and anthologies that are coming out (and they’re making an official declaration that all of this extra stuff is canon). Some of you might not like that but hey, Disney is in control of the franchise now and they are going to get their money’s worth.

        • July 13, 2015 at 3:42 am

          Yeah, PT had mystery, but it removed a little TOO much mystery from the OT, and I’m specifically talking about Boba Fett here,

          mm, just feels like the PT pulled a bit too much blanket off of the OT. Mind you, this is just in my opinion, I’m sure other people aren’t as bothered about knowing Boba’s origin.

  • July 12, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    Is Gwen standing on a box? She’s towering over everyone else – which is by no means an insult,
    If she brought any of her height to set, Captain Phasma is gonna be pretty intimidating and badass, and definitely a little tall for a Storm Trooper.

  • July 12, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    i’m starting to think that
    -Rey, Kylo and Poe are triple twins of Han and Leia
    -Finn is the son of Luke

  • July 12, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    JJ and Harrison insisted the importance of story.
    In that sense Lawrence Kasdan becomes the single most important key person in the franchise. I totally agreed. The writer who understands the spirit of OT is hard to find, I guess. The writer of Toy Story3 publicly professed of his love of SW, couldn’t deliver the script.
    Is there any good writer who loves SW and possibly tackle the script of future installment ?

  • July 12, 2015 at 10:18 pm

    Nice beards on hamill and Gleason ?????????

  • July 13, 2015 at 12:28 am

    Maybe someone has commented on this or maybe not. But am I the only one who noticed that Harrison Ford seems to be having one or two complications post accident. Have a feeling the extent of the damage he experienced has been kept secret from the public. One side of his face isn’t working as it should. If you see the video of him above you’ll not only notice the scar above his right eye, but also his left side of his face isn’t as articulate as his right. Note how his right eyebrow moves when expressing himself while the left hardly moves. I suspect he’s experienced a lot of nerve damage

    • July 13, 2015 at 3:48 am

      I can’t tell how much of it is a scar or how much of it is just a forehead wrinkle.
      It’s possible what you’re seeing as a scar is just his eyebrow being raised folding the skin. Or maybe there is a scar there, I can’t tell, I would’ve thought someone else would’ve brought up the scar earlier than this if he did have one.

      What I find most telling is actually how lazy his left eyebrow is, it seems that whole muscle is asleep. His left eye seems to be working fine, it’s moving and blinking properly, so that’s good.

      • July 13, 2015 at 5:04 pm

        His left eyebrow moved a lot more before and the left eye hardly opens as much as the right. He’s definitely suffered some form of facial damage following the crash

  • July 13, 2015 at 8:44 am

    Seeing these hopeful young actors full of joy makes me think of Jake Lloyd and all the expectation that was put onto him and the other actors before TPM came out. These movies will probably be better than the prequels. They may even be very good but I’m reminded of how an actor is at the mercy of the script and the director and audience’s reaction. Whether these films represent glory or shame for these young actors, I hope the new filmmakers are reaching out to the most maligned actors from the prequels to include them in the love and maybe even to have a bit part in the new films that in some way transforms their past shame into something meaningful and powerful. I can imagine a scene with an unshaven disilusioned adult Jake Lloyd as a ship fueling attendant or an angry veteran who tells a discouraged hero that you just have to roll with the absurdity of life.

    • July 13, 2015 at 2:11 pm

      Bring back Ray Park as a brand new mo-capped badass villain or hero.

  • July 13, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    Jeez Louise, someone give Adam Driver some uppers, stat!

    • July 13, 2015 at 11:35 pm

      I’ve seen him in other interviews. He’s very shy and uncomfortable. Also says he never watches anything he’s in.

  • July 14, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    I know this is a SW forum but is that a Rick Deckard haircut for Mr Ford. Now a Blade Runner sequel is definitely something i don’t want to see. And also do you think Gleeson and Driver were taking the piss at the SDCC, It felt like they were really uncomfortable at the Geekdom of the place, which is a pain because in the future when/if their careers start to wind down these comic cons will be a big part of heir income. Issac, Daisy and Gwendoline seem to embrace Star Wars. Maybe General Hux and Kylo Ren are killed off in Ep 7.

  • July 14, 2015 at 11:58 pm

    I love daisy ridley. she looks so hot. mark hamill and harrison ford look like bad asses

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