The crew of the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower and Carrier Air Wing Seven remade the first The Force Awakens teaser. (via)
Now Wired has blueprints of Starkiller Base. Or the set, anyway.
→ New Leia and Han banners have been spotted rotating on a digital billboard in Times Square. The Rey, Kylo Ren and Finn ones have been spotted before, but you can’t beat John Boyega’s reaction. UPDATE: Here’s Daisy Ridley’s.
→ Waiting on better copies, but if you don’t mind fuzzy ones, there’s a new Disney Channel TV spot that contains our first (brief) look at Maz Kanata actually in the film, and another commercial that features two new X-wing pilots – one we think is Jessika Pava (as seen in The Weapon of a Jedi) and a Sullustan.
→ There’s a cute new TV spot with Threepio, Artoo and BB-8 from British telecommunications provider O2. Like the Verizon ad we’re seeing over here, it doesn’t contain any actual movie footage. (Is that Sean Bean narrating?)
In today’s Empire tidbit, Mark Hamill doesn’t give us any hints to the film itself (Because Mark Hamill can keep a damn secret,) but he does share an interest parallel:
“It reminded me of when I was in Tunisia on the salt flats [shooting the first Star Wars]. If you could get into your own mind and shut out the crew and look at the horizon, you really felt like you were in a galaxy far, far away. I had that same wave of emotion happen to me when I was on Skellig Michael in Ireland. I wasn’t anticipating it.”
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.