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Disneyland’s Seasons of the Force begins November 16

launchbayThe Disney Parks blog has announced the starting date for Seasons of the Force at Disneyland: November 16. Star Tours will get a new scene inspired by The Force Awakens (probably Jakku) and the Star Wars Launch Bay will open. This will also see the limited-time reskinning of Space Mountain as Hyperspace Mountain and a new version of Jedi Training that will incorporate Rebels characters.

There will also be “an opportunity to revisit favorite scenes from classic Star Wars films,” which sounds like there’ll be no special The Force Awakens preview at at Tomorrowland Theater.

Details for the version at Disney World’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando are forthcoming, but I expect most of this (except Hyperspace Mountain) will be doubled there.

The Force Awakens: Tour Jakku with a new 360 video

tfa-jakku360 debuted a 360 video – itself a brand-new feature – on Facebook this afternoon, letting fans ‘ride’ Rey’s speeder through a part of Jakku. This is the second time that The Force Awakens has been an active participant in introducing a new feature on a social media site. Last time was Instagram (which is owned by Facebook) and their new widescreen option.

→ Per a new survey, The Force Awakens and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 are not just the most-anticipated releases of late 2015, but the most-anticipated fall/winter movies in the five years this specific survey has been done.

→ In a new interview with GQ Style, John Boyega says he cried when he read the script. He’s on one of the three covers of the latest issue.

Lupita Nyong’o is on the cover of Vogue – again

lupita-nyongo-vogueThe cover of Vogue is a big deal, and Lupita Nyong’o has now scored her second in as many years. The October issue features the actress, who talks a little about The Force Awakens – and J.J. Abrams himself sheds a little light on what they were looking for in the role:

While we tuck into delicious platters of fish, sorbets, and cheeses, Lupita tells me that she has just spent four months filming a CGI character—a pirate named Maz Kanata—for J. J. Abrams’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, opening this December. “We needed a powerful actress to play a powerful character,” the director explains to me later. “Lupita was someone I’d known a little and was enormously fond of. More important, her performance in 12 Years a Slave blew my mind, and I was vaguely desperate to work with her.”

Acting a motion-capture character was “really bizarre and lots of fun,” Lupita says. “I really enjoyed the fact that you’re not governed by your physical presence in that kind of work. You can be a dragon. You can be anything.”

Again, it’s very Vogue, but she also talks about her life in Kenya and America. She answers a few more Star Wars questions on video:


The Force Awakens: More accents, translations, action figure talk and more

Rey and FinnWe already know what accent John Boyega is using for Finn in The Force Awakens thanks to the toys, but the website of the film’s dialect coach has the answer for Daisy Ridley’s.

→ The German translation of one of Kylo Ren’s recently revealed lines is very interesting.

→ Domhnall Gleeson talks about the General Hux action figure and the First Order with MTV. (A Black Series Hux figure has been spotted on some online retailers.)

→ Episode VIII: Is Benicio del Toro a villain or not? He’s still not sure, I guess. (I have a theory, if you want to ask in the comments.)

Mark Hamill denies report that he nearly died on Skellig Michael

tfa-hamillMark Hamill tweeted today that “didn’t so much as stub a toe” on the island, directly contradicting the report that he slipped there during filming for The Force Awakens last year.

Cast and crew for Episode VIII are in the area now – including, presumably, Hamill. His son Nathan has been posting photos from Ireland.