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When George Lucas first filmed the original Star Wars in 1976, he was limited to the technology available at the time — practical effects, sets, and his own visual effects company that he had formed the year before. Star Wars, now known as Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, was filmed on a small budget compared to the big-budget spectacles of the modern Star Wars franchise.

But under the ownership of Disney — which recently boosted its stock a ton thanks to the historic Fox deal — Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson has a significantly bigger sandbox to play in than Lucas did 40 years ago. That means more effects, more locations, and a lot of new sets. Maybe too many sets, according to Lucas.

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Cool events for The Force Awakens, Episode VIII news and much more in this edition of Star Wars Bits. Below, read about the following.

  • Oscar-winning production designer Rick Heinrichs has been tapped for Rian Johnson‘s Star Wars Episode VIII.
  • Actress Jessica Henwick may appear in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
  • Read about two awesome Force Awakens trailer events in Los Angeles and Austin.
  • Star Wars Rebels will marathon on Disney and Disney XD in December.
  • See a tease of what’s to come on Star Wars Rebels.
  • A full novelization of Star Wars: The Force Awakens is in the works.
  • Revenge of the Sith 3D may still be released after The Force Awakens.
  • Is it possible there’s more than one trailer for The Force Awakens?
  • Check out the pencils for Alex Ross‘s Star Wars Marvel cover.
  • What is the biggest challenge for Star Wars: The Force Awakens?
  • How does a new character in The Force Awakens move?

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