star wars episode 8 set photos

One of the great pleasures in keeping an eye on the production of Star Wars: Episode 8 over the past few months has been watching director Rian Johnson remain his usual self despite the gargantuan size of his latest film. This may be the biggest film he’s made yet, dwarfing the likes of Looper, Brick, and The Brothers Bloom, but Johnson’s social media presence has stayed on point: he’s smart, funny, informative, and often adorably weird. Oh, and he does what he can to share images from the set, giving fans something to talk about while everything else about the movie (like it’s actual title) remain under wraps.

Filming on Episode 8 is in its final weeks (Mark Hamill says the production is set to wrap up on July 22), but that hasn’t stooped Johnson from sharing images and goofy jokes straight from the set. On this miserable Friday at the end of a very miserable week (have you checked the news lately?), this is the kind of breather we all need right now. See the Star Wars Episode 8 set photos after the jump.

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Force Awakens

Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters tonight nationwide. Before you see the movie, check out the latest edition of Force Awakens bits for the following spoiler-free info:

  • Force Awakens has sold more tickets than any other movie on Fandango, not just pre-sales but their full theatrical run.
  • Learn how C3PO’s suit was greatly improved for the filming of the new movie.
  • JJ Abrams explains why he didn’t return for Episode VIII or IX.
  • Abu Dhabi recreated Starkiller Base as a tourist attraction.
  • Force Awakens is 95% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes with 200 reviews, a ranking currently higher than all the previous Star Wars films.
  • Adam Driver explains how the lightsabers in Force Awakens finally realized George Lucas‘ original vision.
  • Costume designer Michael Kaplan on creating Han Solo’s more mature look.
  • Force Awakens will screen in space
  • The header image is a behind the scenes shot from a featurette on shooting in Abu Dubai, which you can watch in this post.

All this and more. Hit the jump to hyperspace!

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Another day, another post filled with Star Wars: The Force Awakens goodness. In today’s edition:

  • A new Star Wars: The Force Awakens poster featuring BB-8.
  • Find out why fans are waiting 12 days in line to see The Force Awakens at the Chinese Theatre.
  • Will The Force Awakens have a love story?
  • What we’ve learned about The Force Awakens from the books.
  • See an image of Max Von Sydow‘s character Lor San Tekka.
  • Why “the light side” of the Force was officially introduced for the new movie.
  • See a new behind-the-scenes photo of Anthony Daniels (cropped above) and learn how he ended up owning pieces from the original Millennium Falcon.
  • Information on Finn’s backstory as a First Order Stormtrooper revealed in a book preview.

All this and more. Hit the jump to hyperspace!

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You’re in luck today because there’s a whole bunch of great information in this edition of Star Wars Bits. Below, read about the following.

  • Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels and Kenny Baker are first actors confirmed for Star Wars Celebration.
  • Matthew Vaughn would love to direct a Star Wars movie.
  • Watch J.J. Abrams accept a visual effects award, mention directing Star Wars.
  • Mackenzie Davis was reportedly also up for the Star Wars standalone.
  • Three major characters are rumored to appear in the Star Wars Rebels Season Two premiere.
  • Mark Hamill did a great Don’t Talk PSA for the Alamo Drafthouse.
  • Marvel’s Princess Leia comic has over 250,000 pre-orders; See a few new covers.
  • John Boyega talks about Star Wars: The Force Awakens excitement.
  • Female Stormtroopers are canon.
  • A small update on the production status of the Star Wars standalone.
  • Billy Dee Williams thinks he’ll appear in a new Star Wars movie.
  • Could Han Solo appear in Star Wars Rebels?
  • See a homemade Millennium Falcon drone.
  • Get a glimpse of what Princess Leia’s outfit might look like in The Force Awakens.

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Star Wars The Force Awakens Oscar Issac

We loved the Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser trailer, and have already over analyzed and talked about it at length elsewhere on the site. But as I thought more about the trailer, I realized that the teaser was missing a few key elements that most people would have expected. Note: these are not complaints, only observations. What is Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer missing? Find out after the jump.

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Anthony Daniels

Anthony Daniels, the actor who has played the famous droid C3-PO in all of the Star Wars movies including the upcoming seventh film, took to twitter to make a bold claim. Could JJ Abrams’ Star Wars Episode VII end up being the best movie sequel ever made, even better than Empire Strikes Back? Hit the jump to see Daniels comments.

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C-3PO

One of the most iconic Star Wars actors has finished his work on the new film, plus a new actor has some thoughts for the old guard and more in this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Details on the Star Wars Episode VII shoot in the Forest of Dean have been revealed.
  • Anthony Daniels has finished his shooting on Star Wars Episode VII.
  • Oscar Isaac wishes George Lucas had left the original trilogy alone.
  • What does Ron Burgundy dressed as Han Solo look like?
  • David Oyelowo confirms there will be exciting cameos in Star Wars Rebels.
  • Learn the secrets of The Phantom, part of The Ghost, in Star Wars Rebels.
  • John Boyega is adding his voice to a cartoon.

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C-3PO Star Wars

Some cool, semi-spoilery Episode VII speculation and actual facts are part of this edition of Star Wars Bits. Below, read the following:

  • New details have potentially emerged about some of the new Star Wars Episode VII Storm Troopers.
  • Read about the two Star Wars New York Comic-Con panels.
  • Listen to the Star Wars Rebels theme performed by a live orchestra.
  • A possible explanation of the new Episode VII X-Wing has been revealed.
  • How Anthony Daniels see the fate of C-3PO?
  • Check out a new teaser for Star Wars: The Old Republic‘s free play.

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C-3PO Episode 7 Suit

We know that Andy Serkis‘ performance capture studio The Imaginarium is heavily involved in JJ AbramsStar Wars Episode VII, but we never considered to ask if classic characters like C-3PO would be computer animated or played by a man-in-suit.  Well, apparently when JJ Abrams first called Anthony Daniels, he asked the British actor to voice our favorite protocol droid in the new series. As you know, Daniels not only voiced the character but played the droid on screen  in a tightly created armored costume in the original trilogy, although the character was heavily CG animated in the prequels. So is C-3PO a performance capture computer animated creation in Episode 7? Find out the full story of the new C-3po Episode 7 suit, after the jump.

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Star Wars Episode 7 Cast

The downside of being one of the actors recently revealed as a Star Wars Episode VII cast member is 20 months of repetition. While we’ll surely learn more about the film and each actor’s part in it leading up to the December 18, 2015 release, until then every one will be asked innumerable questions about the film. A few have already started answering, while others preemptively got the jump on the questions. Below, read the thoughts from new additions Domhnall Gleeson, Andy Serkis, John Boyega and returning actors Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Peter Mayhew and Anthony Daniels. Read More »