the Fifth Brother Inquisitor

We’ve seen in the past how Star Wars Rebels has used some of Ralph McQuarrie‘s original Star Wars concept art for the inspiration of many of the characters, location and props in the Disney XD animated series. Well Rebels isn’t just looking at the past for inspiration, but also the future. A recent episode of Star Wars Rebels features a character based on a character design originally created for JJ Abrams’ upcoming seventh Star Wars live action film Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Hit the jump to see the unused Force Awakens concept art which inspired the new Star Wars Rebels character.
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JJ Abrams and BB-8 on the set of Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Ever since BB-8 was revealed in the first Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser trailer, the world has been obsessed with the newest droid in the galaxy. How was BB-8 created? What was the story behind his creation and development? Hit the jump to find out what we learned from a recent longform article about Lucasfilm. For instance, did you know that JJ Abrams was still unsure a practical BB-8 would work right up until a week before filming began?

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Sarah Connor Society has gotten their hands on some new concept art from Terminator Salvation.

The beautiful concept paintings by ILM artist Christian Alzmann and visual effects art director Warren Fu includes a big Hunter Killer aerial unit called a Transporter, a different variation of the big robot terminator we’ve seen in the trailers – The Harvester, the mototerminator, and a scale comparison of the robot’s arm up against a human. But most interesting is our first look at SkyNet. You’ve seen the futuristic San Francisco in the Star Trek trailers…. Well, McG’s San Francisco is a 180 degree turn from JJ Abrams’ vision of the future.

I wish they would offer some of this concept art in Giclee prints. I would totally buy a print of the above Golden Gate Bridge painting. More Images after the jump.

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