This week brought the very first TV spot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The ad featured one piece of new footage, but it was exciting enough to get fans ready for what we thought was going to be another huge panel for Disney’s upcoming D23 Expo. Then director J.J. Abrams confirmed that there would be no new footage shown.
So yes, there will probably be nothing to report on, generally when it comes to any one of the panels at D23, the cast just reminisce about spending their younger days at Disneyland or how they dream of going their because they’ve never been. Whatever the case, just don’t expect to see anything new from The Force Awakens. But to make up for it all, Disney has released a bunch of new images from the film featuring our first looks at General Hux (Domnhall Gleeson), a close-up at Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie), Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) in action, C-3PO with a red arm, and much more. Check out all the photos here below.
EW was the first to debut these new images, and provide some insight as to how The Force Awakens came to be.
Despite his hesitation, Abrams’ wife was the one who convinced him to take the job. So when he came in, he learned that there was no actual script, though Lawrence Kasdan (who was also writing a script for a young Han Solo movie at the time), Michael Arndt, and Simon Kinberg were laying out the groundwork for a brand new trilogy,
“[They] had just been hypothesizing and throwing out a bunch of what-ifs, but there was no story in place,” Abrams says. “It was, without doubt, a formidable assignment. There were so many options and so many paths that could be taken. Even when we were in debate “” and sometimes it was frustrating and heated “” it was always thrilling, because it seemed almost everywhere you looked there was something potentially extraordinary, which felt very much like the DNA of Star Wars itself.”
With the Empire defeated at the end of Return of the Jedi, Abrams confirms that they have changed into a new faction of evil in The Force Awakens, but also confirms that the Rebel Alliance has undergone a few changes as well…
The Empire has morphed into a junta known as The First Order, while X-Wing pilots like Oscar Isaac’s Poe Dameron now fly for a splinter group known as the Resistance. Princess Leia (Fisher) has come into possession of the lightsaber once possessed by her father, Darth Vader, and later lost by Luke (Hamill) when Vader separated him from his arm during that “join me” duel in The Empire Strikes Back.
The article then gets into some of the new characters of the film, and says that a few Star Wars alumni may not be getting as much screen time as their fellow cast members,
The amount of screentime the Skywalker twins may get is still unclear, although Luke’s fate is obviously a key factor. Ford’s Han Solo, however, will be one of the leads, piloting the Millennium Falcon alongside his old pal Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew.) Among the newcomers, desert scavenger Rey (Daisy Ridley) and runaway stormtrooper Finn (John Boyega) will be running for their lives, with the rolling droid BB-8 trying to keep up. Eventually all five of them end up aboard that familiar starship.
Be sure to check out the full article on EW.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens stars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, and returning alum Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Mayhew, Anthony Daniels, and Kenny Baker. Directed by J.J. Abrams, the film is scheduled to open in theaters on December 18, 2015.