The newest Star Wars stars discuss Celebration, their Star Wars histories, filming The Force Awakens, J.J. Abrams and more behind the scenes in Anaheim. There’s also video with Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy, Carrie Fisher and Anthony Daniels, and Mark Hamill and Peter Mayhew.
The atmosphere here in Anaheim for the reveal of yesterday’s new trailer for The Force Awakens was amazing, perhaps the top Celebration moment ever for me. The crowds are insane, the Arena was huge and we were up on the third tier, but the excitement was palpable. And the trailer itself… Well, you saw it.
I doubt I’ll be able to put together any coherent thoughts about it while still at con, but thankfully there are plenty of others who’ve taken on the task. We also saw several behind-the scenes photos (Hitfix has the gallery) for the very first time.
For a general overview, check out Christian Blauvelt’s take over at the BBC, or the shot-by-shot analysis at Vulture. Meanwhile, Devin Faraci at Badass Digest is pretty sure that BB-8 will be the film’s breakout character, and I’d find it hard to argue with him – I don’t think anyone was disappointed when the droid rolled out on stage. Magnets, what can’t they do?
Another big draw here is The Force Awakens exhibit, which mostly features items we’ve seen the trailer, but is still amazing. And it reveals at least one thing that immediately caught the interest of supergeeks – new names for what has become of Empire and the Rebel Alliance. The Imperials of TFA will go by ‘the First Order,’ while the Rebels are now ‘the Resistance.’ Curious, no?
And as for Jakku, the desert planet we saw in the teaser? Well, the battle that downed that Star Destroyer is one “not long after the Battle of Endor,” and it’ll be downloadable for the Battlefront game on December 8.
And with that, we’ll leave word from John Boyega, who returned to Twitter yesterday:
— John Boyega (@JohnBoyega) April 16, 2015
J.J. Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy’s “special guests” included the new trio – Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Oscar Isaac – who confirmed some of what we’d already heard and/or guessed about their characters. We also got to see the (real!) BB-8 and Artoo, plus their makers, and of course Anthony Daniels, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill and Peter Mayhew also showed up. I’ll be back later with more, but for now just keep an eye on @clubjade, where I’ve been far more active than on the blog. (Sorry!)
In the meantime, you can backwatch the panel yourself!
And another video that StarWars.com dropped on us today:
Here’s just the BB-8 portion of the livestream:
Fans started picking up their badges in Anaheim today, and a sign pointing towards The Force Awakens Exhibit was soon spotted. Here’s the description:
The latest – maybe last? – batch of item reveals for the Celebration Anaheim store are here, and now they include the first bit of The Force Awakens swag. (A portion of the proceeds will go to UNICEF as a part of Force for Change.) There’s also a nifty Rebels crew jacket, some messenger bags, and a few other curiosities.
He talked about dressing up like Gonk and getting “flying advice” from Harrison Ford with Seth Meyers.
No comic, novel adaptions of The Force Awakens until January? That’s what Florian of Jedi Bibliothek has uprooted, anyway. Good news for the spoiler-free among us.
It’s time for another round of what does Kylo Ren’s helmet look like? Jason says it’s the one.
→ Going back a bit (sorry, I kind of got hooked on the Topps app last weekend and it killed any and all productivity) we have some details of a space battle, speeder bikes/troopers and a picture of Mark Hamill from the boat to Skellig Michael. #Beardwatch lives!
UPDATED: Despite an earlier report that The Force Awakens ‘secrets’ were coming to Good Morning America this week, the show will actually be featuring “never-before-seen secrets and footage” from the six older films on Thursday and Friday as we approach the digital release. (via)
That doesn’t mean we won’t get anything related to The Force Awakens or Celebration Anaheim, but I wouldn’t count on it.
Earlier today, we got a brief rundown of what may be new trailer for The Force Awakens from Making Star Wars.
The two descriptions could possibly overlap in spots, as MSW doesn’t get super detailed. (Never forget that rumors can be like a game of telephone, as they often come to us filtered through several different people, each with different interpretations and foci.)
There is a third description that’s floating around, but it’s the same one several spoiler folks dismissed when it first showed up a month ago so I wouldn’t put too much faith in that.
In any case, hopefully we learn the truth next week… And maybe put to bed at least a few of the more pervasive rumors. (Ha.)