Force Awakens

Between answering the unanswered questions and trying to uncover all the easter eggs, my head has been stuck deep inside the Star Wars: The Force Awakens hole this week. I can’t stop thinking about the new Star Wars movie, and like many of you, I want to see what comes next. Episode VIII is 520 days away, and that seems like forever. I’ve been chatting with friends and theorizing about possibilities of what we might see, and I’ve collected some thoughts on the matter below. So what might come next?

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JJ Abrams Star Wars Force Awakens

Thank God Star Wars: The Force Awakens turned out as well as it did, because if it disappointed, imagine how much all this Star Wars content would sting. At /Film we’d basically be poking our fingers in your wounds — and nobody wants that. Director J.J. Abrams helped bring the series back in a big way, making jaded fans and newcomers excited about Star Wars. Abrams decided not to return for Episode VIII, because he didn’t want to be known as “the sequel guy.” Lucasfilm, thankfully, found a more than suitable replacement in Rian Johnson (Looper).

Does Abrams have any regrets about turning the gig down, though? According to a friend and frequent collaborator, he does.

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JJ Abrams Interview

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is not just a movie, but the beginning of a new trilogy of films. How does a filmmaker like J.J. Abrams balance worrying about this film versus setting up ideas and characters for the rest of the arc? Did he create a treatment for the sequel trilogy with Lawrence Kasdan and Michael Arndt? Did he work with Episode VIII writer/director Rian Johnson and Episode IX helmer Colin Trevorrow?

At the Star Wars: The Force Awakens press junket, I sat down with Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy and Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams to learn how the future of the Star Wars saga is being created.
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force awakens press conference

Update: After the jump we’ve included a video of the entire Star Wars: The Force Awakens press conference, which actually contains a bunch of funny moments we didn’t talk about in our original information-focused report.

 

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star wars twitter

Twitter can be a wretched hive of scum and villainy that feels engineered to fill you with crummy feelings and ruin your day… but it can also be a miraculous forum on which to witness incredible people engage in incredible conversations about incredible things. Or at least super-nerdy things. Or at least hilarious mean things. Based purely on the strength of a lengthy exchange between filmmakers Rian Johnson and Duncan Jones, Twitter has earned the right to exist for another few weeks or so.

What happens when the director of Star Wars Episode VIII challenges the director of Warcraft to a Twitter duel over the value of their respective film series? You can see for yourself below.

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Lucasfilm Promises Female ‘Star Wars’ Director

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Directors J.J. Abrams (Star Trek), Rian Johnson (Looper), Phil Lord and Chris Miller (22 Jump Street), Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World), and Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) are all white dudes. All very talented white dudes, mind you, but they’re white dudes. This has caused a slight uproar amongst Star Wars fans, but Lucasfilm promises there will be a female Star Wars director. Read more after the jump.

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

  • Star Wars 8 director Rian Johnson tweets out a photo of his screenplay.
  • The new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer is supposedly edited and making the corporate rounds.
  • When is the final Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer getting released? October? November?
  • New details on what to expect in the Star Wars Battlefront beta.
  • See the comic cover art for Darth Vader #15, the grand finale of Marvel’s upcoming crossover event “Vader Down”.
  • Benicio del Toro explains what he likes about his Star Wars Episode VIII director Rian Johnson.
  • See Paul Shipper’s amazing Star Wars: The Force Awakens character prints.
  • And the header photo is Daniel Hoogkamp‘s BB-8 pumpkin.

All this and more. Hit the jump to hyperspace to get started.

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jock star wars episode 8

This year’s MondoCon in Austin, Texas was two days of gorgeous goodness, showcasing mind-blowing pop culture art from all over the world and giving fans a chance to rub elbows with the artists themselves. It’s not the kind of place you go hoping to hear exciting news about new movies, but here we are. During a panel dedicated to his work, comic book, poster and movie concept artist Jock revealed that he’s currently hard at work on two science fiction movies. One of them is small and will be on your radar eventually. The other is already your most anticipated movie of 2017.

Hit the jump for details on the Jock Star Wars Episode 8 announcement!

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Chewbacca

Before you go off to spend your weekend chilling like Chewbacca here, we’ve got everything you need to know about what’s new in the world of Star Wars. After the jump:

  • Check out an awesome fanmade Holochess table with augmented reality
  • Take a peek inside Chewbacca‘s upcoming solo comic series
  • The Slave Leia costume and other Star Wars lots are up for auction
  • See the Force Awakens pins on sale at Disney parks
  • This Battlefront deluxe edition comes with a Han Solo mini-fridge
  • The Star Wars Battlefront beta will be open to everyone
  • Watch a preview of Star Wars Rebels Season 2
  • What accent will Daisy Ridley have in The Force Awakens?
  • General Hux actor Domhnall Gleeson defends the First Order
  • Rian Johnson thanks the good people of County Kerry, Ireland
  • Rest assured no Skellig Michael wildlife was harmed in the shoot
  • Mark Hamill has been spotted pulling pints in Ireland
  • Episode VIII might be shooting in Greenham Common now

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