9 THINGS WE LEARNED ABOUT STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS AT COMIC-CON
During the San Diego Comic Con panel for Star Wars: The Force Awakens Han Solo himself, Harrison Ford, said he never thought these next series of movies would happen. He’s not alone. Fans have been anticipating a return to this cinematic universe since the release of Revenge of the Sith in 2005.
The panel was an enormous boon for fans and included appearances from The Good Guys: Daisy Ridley (Rey), Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron), and John Boyega (Finn); The Bad Guys: Domhnall Gleeson (General Hux), Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), and Gwendoline Christie (Captain Phasma); and The Icons: Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), and Harrison Ford (Han Solo).
We were also introduced to Bobbajo, the puppet who accompanied J.J. Abrams in the previously released UNICEF video from the set of The Force Awakens. The panel was capped off by a spontaneous trip to hear a Star Wars concert followed by fireworks. It also gave us some nice little nuggets about The Force Awakens itself.
Here is our top nine…and a bonus:
This marked the confirmation of Gleeson’s character, who the actor assured audiences is in fact a villain. Saying, “He’s British, so yes.” He joins Adam Driver as Kylo Ren. Driver revealed that he never felt that his character was evil, more that he firmly believes that he is “in the right.” For her part, Christie said that she found it exciting that there was a female Stormtrooper. “It was the opportunity to explore a female character that is totally not about the way she looks in flesh,” the actress said. “That armor is exterior and it’s more like the outside feeding in. Underneath that armor is a woman.”
As Abrams joked, “as spoiled at Comic-Con by Domhnall Gleeson” the name of the First Order headquarters that Hux runs is Starkiller Base. The name is of course derived from the original name of the original Star Wars trilogy hero Luke Skywalker. There are also some images of the base in the behind-the-scenes reel that was released post-panel.
Take a look at more secrets from the panel footage in our rewind below:
The director reported that they have completed a rough cut of the film and are in the process of refining it now. As to the process, Abrams said that “The only mandate we had is [to ask ourselves] ‘what delights us?’” Adding, “It doesn’t have to be fun all the time or ever silly, but it has to be compelling. We treated films four, five, and six, the films that I grew up with, as canon. And it’s crazy to be writing a script with Lawrence Kasdan and ask, ‘What would Han Solo say here?’ and have Kasdan just know, ‘Well I’ll tell you what Han would say here.’”
There were two new characters revealed in the footage that was released, but we’re not yet certain who they are. However, there is a certain Jabba-like feel to the one on the right. Perhaps they are connected to Lupita Nyong’o pirate Maz Kanata?
Though it was rumored that these two would be a part of The Force Awakens, the Comic-Con footage seems to confirm that they are indeed in the film. Or, at least a member of their respective races will be – perhaps their cousins? We really think it’s the original characters who will make an appearance.
We think that’s Poe Dameron, but we’re not entirely sure. Someone is certainly being taken into custody by a Stormtrooper and it looks a great deal like him. Agree? Disagree? Other theory? Let us know in comments!
When Simon Pegg first showed up in the behind-the-scenes footage we thought perhaps he was visiting his Star Trek director J.J. Abrams on set. Nope, as is revealed later, he is playing a creature in the film. Proving – as Abrams is – that love bridges all franchises.
We’d seen a glimpse of Rey, Finn, and Han all in the Millennium Falcon, but the footage indicated that she’d be flying the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy herself at some point. At least it looks that way. Wonder how Chewie feels about that.
Warwick Davis of Willow fame played the Ewok Wicket in Return of the Jedi and seems to be coming back as a new creature in The Force Awakens. We’re not sure who, but the synergy between those classic original films and this latest entry can be felt throughout the behind-the-scenes footage, and this is just another example.
Let us know your thoughts below! Did you catch anything else?
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