Force Awakens Merchandising Release Date!

 

Happy Star Wars Day everyone!

This weekend a post on StarWars.com let us know that The Force Awakens merchandise will start releasing on what they’ve named Force Friday, September 4th 2015. The article says that stores around the world will open at 12:01 AM to start selling all the figures, lightsabers, LEGO sets and more from Episode VII.

I’m excited to get my hands on Kylo Ren’s lightsaber and some LEGO mini-figs of all the new characters! Waiting in line at midnight to buy toys, this is why being a grown up is awesome!

-Derek1138

Vanity Fair Star Wars Shots Reveal 2 Characters!

Vanity Fair released some shots and a behind the scenes video from their June issue that has a large feature on Star Wars Episode VII.

I’ll admit, these pictures are pretty awesome especially this one!

Just as everybody was suspecting, Adam Driver is indeed Kylo Ren!

Here we see Lupita Nyong’o doing motion cap for her character who is apparently all CG.

Here is several shots of the “rogues gallery” that Lupita’s character appears to be the leader of.

This is a full body shot of Captain Phasma, and the caption confirms that Gwendolyn Christie is indeed inside that armor.

Next we have Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) posing on his X-wing.

Here’s a shot of Rey, and some other folks on Jakku, getting direction from J.J.

Lastly we have a shot Director J.J. Abrams, President of LucasFilm Kathleen Kennedy, Composer John Williams, and Co-writer Lawrence Kasdan.

Big news with confirmation of which two characters Adam Driver and Gwendolyn Christie are playing. Also, Vanity Fair says they have another reveal of a character tomorrow at 4pm (time zone not specified).

Pretty exciting stuff for our May the 4th!

-Derek1138

Director Josh Trank Leaves 2nd Anthology Film!

Surprising news was posted today on StarWars.com.

Josh Trank, who directed the upcoming Fantastic Four film, has left his role as director for the next untitled Star Wars Anthology film.

In the article Josh says:

“After a year of having the incredible honor of developing with the wonderful and talented people at Lucasfilm, I’m making a personal decision to move forward on a different path. I’ve put a tremendous amount of thought into this, and I know deep down in my heart that I want to pursue some original creative opportunities. That said, the Star Wars universe has always been one of my biggest influences, and I couldn’t be more excited to witness its future alongside my millions of fellow Star Wars fans. I want to thank my friends Kathleen Kennedy, Kiri Hart, Simon Kinberg, and everyone at Lucasfilm and Disney for the amazing opportunity to have been a part of this. May the Force be with you all.”

I am sad to see him leave as I was looking forward to seeing his take on Star Wars. People say he is a huge fan and I really enjoyed Chronicle so I think it would’ve been good. However, this news means that we are now waiting to hear the announcement of who is going to be taking over the as yet unnamed second anthology film. Rumor has it (but I don’t deal in those) that Joss Whedon is interested in doing a Star Wars film…

-Derek1138

Rogue One Announcements from SWCA!

Big news from Anaheim again!

During a panel with Gareth Edwards, Kathleen Kennedy, and Lucasfilm Story Group Leader Kiri Hart, we got some more details about Rogue One along with a little footage made by ILM (though this wasn’t released to the public online).

The movie will take place during the Rise of the Empire time period (between episode III and IV). Felicity Jones will be playing a rebel soldier and it will tell the story of how the rebel alliance got the Death Star plans. In addition they announced they will be referring to all the stand-alone films as “Anthology Films”

So besides the obvious implications what does this tell us? Well it means Han Solo could be in, but I doubt it unless it is just a cameo. Boba Fett could be part of it, but I doubt that too. We may see Princess Leia when she was still a senator for Alderaan, since she is the person who ends up in possession of the plans. I’m willing to bet on seeing Bail Organa too and perhaps Biggs and Wedge will show up as well. I get the feeling that Grand Moff Tarkin will be part of this story also. Just a hunch…

Not super exciting really but great to learn more info about the first “Anthology” film.

EDIT: I just realized that this would be a great opportunity to see some of the characters from Star Wars: Rebels in live action on the big scree, which would be awesome!

-Derek1138

 

Author and Date for Episode VII Tie-in Revealed!

More news from Anaheim and the guys at SWU. (jeez it’s like there’s a Star Wars convention there or something).

The author for the novelization of The Force Awakens was revealed to be Alan Dean Foster. Many may not remember, but he was the author for the original novelization of Episode IV in addition to writing a prequel trilogy book that sort of tied-in to the beginning of Attack of the Clones (the border dispute on Ansion that Mace mentions).

The novelization will be released digitally the same day as the movie and available in paperback a few days later.

-Derek1138

The Force Awakens Promo Posters!

Hello fellow fanatics,

Star Wars Celebration is starting this morning and we can only assume that’s where these wonderful promo art posters for the Force Awakens are coming from.

 

 

These have been bouncing around social media this morning and I wasn’t able to find an original source, so they are not “official” right now. But judging by the details of the art I think they are legit, so I’m posting them. They are really awesome and are all going in to my wallpaper rotation.

Star Wars Celebration starts in less than 2 hours from the time of this post. So you should see my link to the new trailer here… SOON!

-Derek1138