Cloud City in Force Awakens

At D23 Expo 2015 over the weekend, JJ Abrams and his cast dropped an exclusive Star Wars: The Force Awakens poster created by legendary poster artist Drew Struzan. In the insane atmosphere of the convention, we really didn’t have time to take it all in. So now that the Disney fan convention is over, I wanted to point out some things I noticed about the poster. There isn’t any mind-blowing observations, only speculative questions. Hit the jump to take a closer look at the Drew Struzan Force Awakens poster and see what we can find.

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The Empire Strikes Back without music

It’s hard to imagine what Star Wars would be like without the incredible music of composer John Williams. The themes created by the master of movie music are just as iconic as the movie itself, and more recognizable than 95% of the scores we hear for movies. But how does Williams prepare to write music for films?

Some vintage footage from 1980 shows Williams sitting down with producer George Lucas, director Irvin Kershner and producer Gary Kurtz to watch a cut of The Empire Strikes Back without music in order to figure out what he wants to do with the score for these scenes. In the clip, you actually get to see footage from the Star Wars sequel with a temporary soundtrack, and it’s absolutely fascinating. Read More »

Star Wars: The Force Awakens mural

There was a ton of Star Wars news coming out of D23 Expo 2015, and if you missed any of that from the Star Wars Anthology films getting new branding, to the Star Wars: The Force Awakens poster by artist Drew Struzen, to the first photo and cast from Star Wars: Rogue One, to the director of Star Wars Episode 9, to Star Wars Lands announced for Disney theme parks, head over to our D23 2015 news roundup. But there is a lot of Star Wars tidbits we missed over the last few days, so lets dive in. Here is what to expect in today’s Star Wars Bits:

  • Tom Baker, the fourth Doctor Who, has been cast in a Star Wars project, but which one?
  • George Lucas blames a Walt Disney creation for Jar Jar Binks.
  • According to JJ Abrams, who is the Ralph McQuarrie of Star Wars: The Force Awakens?
  • Which monumental Star Wars set has been recreated for Star Wars: Rogue One? (actually, not much of a spoiler)
  • Ralph McQuarrie‘s Influence on Star Wars Land 
  • Why Star Wars: Battlefront won’t have a single player campaign mode.
  • Is Drew Struzan‘s Force Awakens D23 Expo poster the film’s official poster? Will there be another?

All that and more in today’s edition of Star Wars Bits. Hit the jump now.

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Diego Luna Biggs Darklighter

Over the weekend, one of the reveals from Disney’s D23 Expo 2015 was the first photo of the primary cast from Star Wars: Rogue One, giving us a good first look at the s about a band of rebels tasked with stealing the plans to the first Death Star.

Now that a super high-resolution version of the photo has hit the web, fans are noticing some cool details in the photo, mostly with the costumes and props of the pictured cast, which includes Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed, Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen.

In fact, one particular cast member’s appearance has sparked a very interesting  theory, albeit one without much substantial evidence. Some believe that we’ll see Diego Luna as Biggs Darklighter in the movie. Read More »

The Force Awakens runtime

Yesterday there were plenty of huge Star Wars updates from Disney’s D23 Expo 2015 in Anaheim. Jurassic World helmer Colin Trevorrow was confirmed to direct Star Wars: Episode IX; the first look at Star Wars: Rogue One was revealed along with the official primary cast; and a whole Star Wars section was confirmed to be on the way for Disney theme parks.

But one little tidbit that went somewhat under the radar in all that craziness was for Disney’s first big screen venture into a galaxy far, far away. The big reveal for Star Wars: The Force Awakens yesterday was a D23 exclusive poster illustrated by renowned artist Drew Struzan, but director J.J. Abrams also announced something else: The Force Awakens runtime. Read More »

Star Wars Launch Bay
If there’s one downer to the Star Wars Land news announced today, it’s that we’ve still got a while to wait before we can actually go to there, as Star Wars nerd Liz Lemon would put it. Fortunately, Disney’s got a couple other Star Wars-themed treats in store for park visitors in the near future.

At D23, Disney announced a Star Wars: Season of the Force seasonal event coming to Disneyland and Disney World in early 2016. Season of the Force will turn Space Mountain into Hyperspace Mountain, a Star Wars-themed attraction.

And if even that’s too long to wait, later this brings a Star Tours upgrade, which will incorporate new locations and adventures from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, plus a Star Wars Launch Bay interactive experience. Get all the details after the jump.  Read More »

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens poster reveal at D23 Expo 2015

Even though there may not be any new footage from Star Wars: The Force Awakens debuting at D23 this weekend, fans were still given a pretty fantastic treat that is simultaneously something we weren’t sure that we would get to see, but also something unsurprising.

The new Star Wars: The Force Awakens poster has been revealed with illustrations from famed poster artist Drew Struzan, the man behind the final theatrical posters for the special edition of the Star Wars trilogy as well as the prequel trilogy, and it’s just as gorgeous as we all hoped. Plus, it also gives us a tease of a certain elegant weapon being used by someone we haven’t seen wield one yet. Yeah, you know what I’m talking about. Read More »

Colin Trevorrow Star Wars rumor

The Lucasfilm portion of the D23 Expo 2015 opened with confirmation that Colin Trevorrow will direct Star Wars: Episode IX. The official into from Lucasfilm is below. Read More »

The Force Awakens Costumes

The show floor is open at Disney’s D23 Expo 2015 in Anaheim CA. We’ll have to wait until tomorrow for the live-action movies panel, which could provide some new info on various films in the Star Wars series.

There’s still a big Star Wars: The Force Awakens presence on the show floor, however, as costumes for new characters are on display for all to see. The highlight is the polished chrome armor worn by Captain Phasma, played by Gwendoline Christie, but there are also First Order Stormtrooper suits, the droid BB-8, and costumes for Finn and Rey, played in the film by John Boyega and Daisy Ridley.   Read More »