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The Star Wars franchise is rife with possibilities. With a new trilogy helmed by Rian Johnson on the way, the door is open for even more enterprising directors to play in the cosmic sandbox in the form of standalone anthology or prequel films. And the latest visionary sci-fi director to impact Hollywood may be eyeing the galaxy far, far away. Denis Villeneuve received rave reviews for his genre-transcending films like Arrival and Blade Runner 2049, but he’s “intrigued” at the idea of directing a Star Wars standalone film.

Meanwhile, in the more concrete near-future: We have a new look at Benicio del Toro’s character in the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

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In today’s edition of Star Wars Bits we’ll take a look at the following:

  • The date and location of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens world premiere
  • The Disney logo/fanfare will not play before Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • Is the rumor that Star Wars: The Force Awakens won’t screen early for press a bad sign?
  • What color lightsaber would Benicio del Toro have?
  • Star Wars producer Simon Kinberg on secrets, strong female characters and Bob Iger‘s involvement.
  • R2 Builders have launched the BB-8 Builders Club
  • And the above art is Niel Brady’s submission to the Star Wars Art Awakens fan art contest.

All that and more in today’s Star Wars Bits. Hit the jump to hyperspace!
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