Now, the Internet has been swirling with rumours about Rey’s parentage basically from the moment that we got our first glimpse of her. The release of The Force Awakens didn’t do anything to abate the swell of rumours but two camps seem … Continue reading The Power of ‘Just Rey’
It’s been a busy two weeks, with the Oscars coming and going and rumours about Rogue One swirling. So let’s see what’s been happening: Tony Dyson, the creator of the beloved R2-D2, has died. (The Guardian) Rogue One previewed at Stakeholder’s … Continue reading Weekly Round-Up
When the official cast for The Force Awakens was announced I was very excited because it seemed that a genuine effort was being made to create a more diverse cast, both racially and based on gender. I became an even prouder Star … Continue reading Corridor Chat: Gay Characters and Inclusivity in Star Wars Universe
It’s been a relatively slow week, but there were still a couple of fun little tidbits! Gwendoline Christie confirms what we’ve all been hoping for: Phasma is coming back! (The Verge) TFA knocks Frozen of the top spot in Japan! (The Hollywood … Continue reading Weekly Round-Up
Well, we’re really being spoiled are we? After months of drought, with not a single new shot or line from The Force Awakens the first trailer has been followed by an International Trailer, Character posters and now the first TV Spot of … Continue reading Corridor Chat: Rey-centered ‘The Force Awakens’ TV Spot #1
From now till the 18th of December posts about what was in the trailer, what wasn’t in the trailer and what could’ve been in trailer will abound. However, there is one thing in the trailer about which I simply have to add … Continue reading ‘I’m no one’: Rey and the Lone Warrior
It’s here … Finally we have a full new trailer for a fully new Star Wars film since 2005’s Revenge of the Sith. I have only seen the trailer a few dozen times as I write this, ever since it … Continue reading The Star Wars Trailer
Roughly an hour ago the official Star Wars Instagram account posted a five-second teaser trailer and Twitter has only just about calmed down. Whether you enjoy the long and slow tease or are desperate for an “actual” trailer, you can’t deny … Continue reading Corridor Chat: Holy Teaser!
May the Fourth is always a special day to be a Star Wars fan because it’s the day on which you can be as open and ridiculous about your Star Wars obsession as you want to be. In the case of Vanity Fair, this has regularly meant a cover and a spread dedicated to the Star Wars film coming out. Lucky us, they repeated the tradition this year with some great behind-the-scenes pictures from the The Force Awakens set. Alongside this, there were some name and character reveals, which were all really exciting. All the pictures below belong to Vanity Fair.
As far as covers go, I’d say this is a pretty great one. The tag lines ‘The New Heroes! The Old Heroes! The High Stakes’ definitely fits with the five characters chosen here. Although the cover doesn’t show us anything that we haven’t seen before, focusing in on Finn, Rey, BB-8, Han Solo and Chewbacca makes me think that the emotional arc of SW:TFA might potentially be about them. Clearly these are the characters which Abrams wants the audience to focus on most, at least for now. Vanity Fair always seems to have chosen covers with an “emotional” impact, rather than showcasing the villains etc, if one thinks back to the 2002 Anakin/Padme and the 2005 “whole family” covers.
Kylo Ren/Adam Driver
It should come as no surprise to have it confirmed that Adam Driver is indeed playing Kylo Ren, yet I think it’s interesting to see that Kylo is a human. The mask had led me to think that potentially we were dealing with a character that either wanted to remain disguised or was potentially disfigured the way that Darth Vader was. I personally don’t think this is the best of pictures since Driver looks slightly edited in, but I am still a major fan of the costume. It’s different from the Sith costumes we’ve seen before while clearly following in their tradition.
Maz Katana/ Lupita Nyong’o
Now for the character reveal that I am most excited about. There were some rumours that the hand initially holding Anakin’s lightsaber in the new teaser trailer was Nyong’o, but this picture makes it clear that her character is CGI. Best about this reveal for me is the fact that she plays a pirate. If I look at the pirate figure best known to me within Star Wars-canon, that would be Hondo Ohnaka from The Clone Wars series. He is a hilarious character who hides a good heart under a ton of swagger. Personally I think we will probably meet Maz on Jakku within the first part of the film, but any conjecture is still very much valid here. Also known is that she has a castle, which is filled with the riffraff below.
Who could they be?
I’m thinking that, as a pirate with a castle of her own, it wouldn’t be unlikely that Maz Katana has a similar crew the way that Jabba the Hutt, or even Hondo, did. All these creatures look like they would have fitted perfectly into Jabba’s palace. I like the different designs going on here and the throwback that they represent. Clearly there is a continuation here from The Return of the Jedi but I think we can be pretty sure there will be some CGI characters added to the mix.
Poe Dameron/ Oscar Isaac