Video: New Finn-centric The Force Awakens commercial


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?

First character name from Rogue One?


The BBC’s Lizo Mzimba found that Riz Ahmed is listed as playing ‘Bodhi Rook’ in Rogue One on both his Spotlight and agent’s listings.

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.

Roundup: 30 days until The Force Awakens (Come play with us, Danny.)


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.

The Force Awakens: How tall is a Snoke?

snokeAndy 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 launch a new Star Wars collection

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.

First (non-action figure) look at The Force Awakens’ Constable Zuvio

zuvioWith Entertainment Weekly out of the way, now it’s Empire’s turn for an ‘exclusive:’ The reveal of Constable Zuvio. We’ve seen him in action figure form, but now we learn:

[He’s] a “vigilant law officer on a mostly lawless world” who “keeps order in a frontier trading post”. He’s also apparently “tough and humorless”.

That’s a pretty wacky color scheme for a dude who doesn’t have a sense of humor, no? (It’s very ’80s-trying-to-be-’40s diner.) Although it’s nice to see that Jakku won’t be a total wall of neutral colors.

Star Wars out this week; Vader Down #1, Star Wars #12

Marvel’s first official Star Wars crossover event begins this Wednesday with the release of Vader Down #1. (It will continue in upcoming issues of Darth Vader and Star Wars.) Also in the shops this week, Star Wars #12 and Kanan #8, plus the trade paperback collection of Shattered Empire.