I’m just going to hurry up and post this before a new commercial happens. You know the drill.
There’s a fairly epic gallery of props from The Force Awakens at Wired today. Lots of good stuff for weapons and helmet geeks. And yes, some of them do have very complicated names.
→ Mark Hamill on keeping secrets. (No, he’s not in mo-cap for Star Wars.)
→ The Force Awakens has already pulled in more than $50M in advance ticket sales, the Wall Street Journal reports.
→ Empire has a new Kylo Ren photo (not that different from several of the old Kylo Ren photos) and Adam Driver’s compares the character to a religious fanatic. (It’s Adam Driver’s birthday, by the way. He is 32.)
→ Check out a custom stormtrooper Fiat 500e, on display at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
→ The Hollywood Reporter on The Force Awakens’ Oscar chances. It’s not that kind of movie, kids, but knock yourselves out, I guess.
We met someone from Sabine’s past on this week’s ‘Blood Sisters.’ Ando talks to Henry Gilroy, Pablo Hildago, and Dave Filoni, who reveals that Ketsu’s design was came out of concepts for The Force Awakens. Also, a very important Twi’lek question.
To celebrate the 30 day marker, Phil Noto cooked up a new The Force Awakens piece.
→ George Lucas tells Vanity Fair why he’s done directing mainstream movies.
This is, per JoBlo’s count anyway, our fifth TV spot for The Force Awakens.
On that note, over at Empire, John Boyega talks about holding the lightsaber for the first time.
Discussion topic: If the First Order is raising kids to be stormtroopers, why does Finn have an
American Outer Rim accent? Do only the officers get the Proper Imperial Elocution package?
His castmate Mads Mikkelsen did sign a poster as ‘Galen’ earlier this year, but this is certainly looks like our first full name. (And who even knows if that one stuck, considering how much fans love to cling to and conspirify on random EUisms?)
Gareth Edwards’ Rogue One is currently filming for a December 2016 release.
Today we’re one month away from The Force Awakens. Well, those of us who have tickets for the December 17th showings do as I post this. (Check your local theater – they likely still have tickets.)
→ Star Wars is forever and ever (and ever) Wired reminds us, in another article from their Star Wars issue. (Remember the J.J. interview?) There’s not any real news here if you’ve been paying attention, but it is a good look at the new mega movie franchise blueprint. Elsewhere, a look at the Disney empire and their gatefold Millennium Falcon cover.
→ Fashion designers are reinterpreting looks from the Force Awakens that will be auctioned for charity. The Force 4 Fashion looks will be revealed on December 2.
→ Greg Grunberg on shooting The Force Awakens. J.J. Abrams is mean.
→ Hasbro says demand for The Force Awakens toys was higher than they expected. “No shit,” say collectors everywhere, rolling their eyes.
Andy Serkis talks to Empire about filming his scenes as Supreme Leader Snoke… Who is supreme in any number of ways. Namely, he is tall.
“It was quite an unusual situation,” Serkis tells us in the new issue of Empire. “I worked specifically with Domhnall Gleeson and with Adam Driver. My first day was basically standing on a 25-foot podium doing Lord Snoke without the faintest idea what he looked like… or in fact who he was! I was very high up, totally on my own, away from everybody else, but acting with them.”
Echoing his comments to Entertainment Weekly, Serkis also calls the character “severely damaged.”
Her Universe and Hot Topic launched a new Star Wars collection today! Several of the designs are available now, with more coming next month. And, Ashley Eckstein tells The Daily Dot, there’s another in development.
The items are avaliable in extended sizes, and Hot Topic’s sister shop Torrid will carry some items as well, including a lightsaber dress based on the skirt introduced earlier this year.
Ashley is also encouraging fans to share with the hashtag #MyStarWarsStory:
Not everything from the line is for sale at the moment, but what is can be found online at Hot Topic.