Sure, we got our big news today in a tiny clip, but here’s the rest of what’s been floating about. Or dropping fast, as the case may be.
→ More hints about the Battle of Jakku and the state of the galaxy after Return of the Jedi in EA’s latest missive regarding the Battlefront expansion that drops in early December. By which I basically just mean they mention the New Republic again.
→ Scott Mendelson calls out the ridiculous box office predictions (yes, they’re getting even higher) for setting the bars so stupid high.
Empire’s movie preview issue, featuring The Force Awakens, is supposedly in mailboxes and on newsstands today, and they’ve revealed the subscriber cover and two new behind-the-scenes shots featuring John Boyega for the occasion.
The Force Awakens is booked on almost all Imax screens (375 out of 400) in the U.S., and internationally (400+,) for the film’s December 18 release, The Hollywood Reporter says. They’ll have it for at least 4 weeks, so plan your IMAX viewing of the film for that window.
Youtubers from Disney’s Maker Studios will be unboxing The Force Awakens toys live on Force Friday. The official Star Wars Youtube stream will host the events, which will begin with Bratayley in Australia on September 3 at 7:45 a.m. local time (5:45 p.m. EDT on September 2) and finish up with Chris Pirillo in San Francisco at 8 a.m. PDT (11 a.m. EDT) on Thursday.
Empire Magazine continues to dribble out information from their cover story on The Force Awakens. J.J. Abrams confirms the subtext that Kylo Ren is not a Sith, and that he serves Supreme Leader Snoke, “who is a powerful figure on the dark side of the Force.” (So likely also not a Sith.)
The most interesting part, however, is contextualizing the origins of the First Order:
“That all came out of conversations about what would have happened if the Nazis all went to Argentina but then started working together again?’” Abrams reveals. “What could be born of that? Could The First Order exist as a group that actually admired The Empire? Could the work of The Empire be seen as unfulfilled? And could Vader be a martyr? Could there be a need to see through what didn’t get done?”
Empire Magazine released a new picture of Kylo Ren from The Force Awakens today, and promises an actual story will be up tomorrow… But word on the street is that the actual issue may be in subscriber mailboxes today. So that’s fun.
Legendary poster artist Drew Struzan told Movie Weekly that The Force Awakens is “probably going to be the best Star Wars you’ve ever seen.” Pretty high praise, even from a guy being paid by Lucasfilm. He also talks about how J.J. Abrams called him up, how much of the film he’s seen, his process, and why the lightsaber colors on the Revenge of the Jedi poster were reversed.
→ On that note, a nice, if top-heavy, piece from newcomer The Star Wars Post on if Star Wars 7 News leaking the Luke Skywalker image crossed a spoiler line. I’ll just say that SW7N has never exactly been known for their sound judgement, which is why I tend to warn so profusly when linking them.