Posted on Monday, May 4th, 2015 by Angie Han
May the Fourth is always a special time for Star Wars fans, but the holiday was made even more exciting this year by a deluge of new information and photos from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Vanity Fair kicked off the fun Sunday evening with their new Star Wars: The Force Awakens cover, and then kept the party going with stills, behind-the-scenes photos, character reveals, and more. After the jump, let’s review the top 9 things we learned about Star Wars: The Force Awakens this Star Wars Day.
1. J.J. Abrams wanted to kill off Jar Jar Binks.
Jar Jar Binks isn’t much loved among the Star Wars faithful, but J.J. Abrams is the rare fan with the power to actually do something about it. Speaking with Vanity Fair from an edit day at his Bad Robot production office, Abrams revealed, “I have a thought about putting Jar Jar Binks’s bones in the desert there. I’m serious! Only three people will notice, but they’ll love it.” It’s unclear whether Abrams ever acted on that idea, but we’ll definitely be keeping our eyes peeled for evidence of our least favorite Gungan.
2. The line between good and evil may not always be obvious.
All of the Star Wars movies are about the battle between good and evil, or rather the dark side and the light side. But where each character’s allegiance lies isn’t always clear. Vanity Fair warns not to assume a certain First Order officer (see #3) is evil, and points out that even scummy outlaws (see #5) can fight for what’s right.
3. Gwendoline Christie looks great in chrome as Captain Phasma.
Technically our first look at Game of Thrones actress Gwendoline Christie in Star Wars: The Force Awakens came in the second trailer, but today we got a new look at her “Chrome Trooper” character as well as some actual details. She’s named Captain Phasma and is an officer of the First Order. The most impressive thing about her so far may be her uncanny ability to keep her chrome armor nice and shiny, even when she’s surveying the rubble left behind by an attack.