Luke, you can destroy the Emperor. He has foreseen this. It is your destiny. Join me, and together we can rule Star Wars Bits as father and son. This edition of news from a galaxy far, far away includes:

  • John Boyega on getting the part of Finn, advice from Robert Downey Jr. and racism
  • Dave Filoni on Star Wars Rebels Season 2 crossing over into and live-action territory
  • Does BB-8‘s name have ties to Beastie Boys too?
  • Artwork preview from The Art Awakens contest
  • Star Wars Rebels additions to the Star Wars App
  • Who is voicing Boba Fett in Star Wars Battlefront?

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Star Wars costumes

Even as we wait to find out exactly why Episode VII made John Boyega all emotional, production is in full force for Episode VIII and Rogue One. After the jump:

  • R2-D2 tries to find love in an adorable short film
  • A Stormtrooper helmet from A New Hope is up for auction
  • The Star Wars and the Power of Costume exhibit might hit NYC
  • Are a Clone Wars Legacy story reel and comic coming in 2016?
  • John Boyega cried when he read the Episode VII script
  • The debate over whether Luke is the last Jedi continues
  • A Rogue One actor reports for duty on the Iceland shoot
  • New reports surface about Daisy Ridley‘s role in Episode VIII

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Han Solo In Carbonite Pop-Tarts

It has been a long time since that last Star Wars Bits, but Force Friday week has resulted in a lot of front page stand alone Star Wars stories that I’m not sure that you mind. Here is what you can find in today’s edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • JJ Abrams talks about subduing his inner fanboy to make Force Awakens.
  • How John Boyega first met JJ Abrams.
  • New Star Wars: The Force Awakens character promo posters revealed in the Topps’ Star Wars Card Trader app.
  • A preview of Star Wars: Shattered Empire, the comic book series which will fill the gap between Return of the Jedi and Force Awakens.
  • Star Wars Rebels director Dave Filoni discusses season two.
  • A new Star Wars Rebels season 2 clip.
  • How the BB-8 Sphero robotic toy was created.
  • The real Damerons go to Force Friday.
  • Puppies Test The New Star Wars BB-8 Droid Toy
  • Why Force Friday Was A Disaster For Many Star Wars Fans
  • 80% Off Select Star Wars trade paperbacks and graphic novels this weekend.
  • The header image: why aren’t the Han Solo In Carbonite Pop-Tarts a real thing?

All this and more, after the jump to hyperspace.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens dialogue

We’re hitting peak Star Wars with “Force Friday”, and I’m sure if you’re not excited for Star Wars: The Force Awakens you’re probably getting a bit annoyed of this site and the internet this week. So I apologize in advance, but we have another Star Wars story coming out of “Force Friday.” A new Star Wars: the Force Awakens toy gives us our first listen at what Kylo Ren and Captain Phasma sound like in the new film. Not only that, but the Force Awakens dialogue used in the toys presents some juicy questions.

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The Force Awakens footage

Here’s a bit of new Star Wars: The Force Awakens footage, and despite being brief in length there’s a powerful sight here. Finn, played by John Boyega, ignites his lightsaber as he stands in what appears to be the same forest in which we’ve seen Kylo Ren readying for battle. There’s a bit of additional footage in this brief preview, too; watch below. Read More »

The Circle movie cast

The onslaught of Star Wars: The Force Awakens marketing continues today with another magazine cover and a couple of new stills. What sets this particular magazine cover apart, though, is that it focuses on the most adorable new member of the galaxy: rolling ball droid BB-8. See the BB-8 cover and new images after the jump. Read More »

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The Circle movie cast

For a couple years after Attack the Block we expected to see John Boyega getting great roles, but it took a bit of time. But the events of 2014, from the indie Imperial Dreams to the 24 revival and nabbing a lead role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, have given him new power. Now he’ll join Tom Hanks and Emma Watson in the The Circle, a satire about the erosion of privacy in the information age, written and directed by James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now, The End of the Tour). Read More »

Force Awakens score

The bad news for Star Wars fans is that there won’t be any new The Force Awakens footage screened at D23 this weekend. But the good news is, we do have a slew of new photos to pore over and pick apart in the meantime — plus some juicy story details to go along with them.

Among other things, the latest bast of images feature fresh looks at villains General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson), Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), and Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie); heroes Finn (John Boyega) and Rey (Daisy Ridley); and droids R2-D2 and C-3PO. Get the new Star Wars 7 photos and details after the jump.

Update: All the photos are all available in high resolution, with the exception of the Kylo Ren cover image.

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John Boyega Star Wars Force Awakens Jakku

Entertainment Weekly is on a roll with Star Wars coverage from their upcoming Kylo Ren cover issue featuring Star Wars: The Force Awakens. One of the many things their coverage has touched upon is the meaning behind the names of the characters in Episode 7. How did Finn, Rey, Poe Dameron and Kylo Ren get their names? What was director JJ Abrams’ inspiration? Is there a greater meaning to the names? Find out after the jump.

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