Ralph McQuarrie Star Wars concept art

Many fans credit much of the visual genius of the original Star Wars trilogy to concept artist Ralph McQuarrie. His beautiful concept paintings and early sketches inspired much of what we love about the galaxy far, far away. In fact, the current Lucasfilm creative team are using parts of McQuarrie’s original unused concept art as inspiration for the new Star Wars films and movies.

We’ve talked about how they have repurposed the original Chewbacca design for Zeb in Star Wars Rebels (among other things). Now I want to look at how much the late Ralph McQuarrie’s original unused Star Wars concept designs have influenced Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Hit the jump to check out our Ralph McQuarrie Force Awakens comparison guide. Read More »

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Villain Star Wars Force Awakens header

There’s a lot to talk about in the Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser trailer, but there’s only so much talking. Two short little phrases: “There has been an awakening. Have you felt it?” Followed by “The dark side…and the light.” With all the visuals that we can break down, there’ are only these two brief snippets of actual dialogue to consider. The first and most important question may be, who is speaking?

The identity of the narrator was a big topic of discussion Friday after the trailer hit. Speculation about the person’s identity ran from Max Von Sydow to Adam Driver, Andy Serkis and even Benedict Cumberbatch. The last one isn’t even in the movie, but it sounds a bit like him. Because he was at the center of J.J. Abrams’ last big mystery, it was a fun option to consider.

There will be no more considering. The identity of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer voice has been revealed.

Update: Andy Serkis has given a brief radio interview confirming that it is his voice in the trailer. Watch that below. Read More »

Chandana Ekanayake Force Awakens Fan Art

When you break down the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer, there are really only seven things in it. There’s John Boyega as a Stormtrooper, the ball droid, the new Stormtroopers, Daisy Ridley and her speeder, Oscar Isaac and the X-Wings, the hooded figure with the lightsaber and the Millennium Falcon. It’s not a lot if you think about it, but it’s enough that the imaginations of the Internet exploded. Not just with speculation either. Artists have begun creating beautiful works with those seven images and we’ve compiled just a few of them below. Check out a ton of Star Wars: The Force Awakens fan art below. Read More »

Alamo Drafthouse Star Wars event

Lots of talk, discussion and speculation surrounding The Force Awakens trailer are in this edition of Star Wars Bits, but lots more too. Below, read about the following:

  • How many views did the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer get in the first 72 hours?
  • The code name for the 2016 Star Wars Stand Alone has been revealed.
  • Two new actors have been revealed for The Force Awakens along with their roles.
  • Watch Good Morning America‘s “exclusive” revelation about The Force Awakens trailer.
  • Marvel announces big events for release of Star Wars #1.
  • Benedict Cumberbatch talks about not being in the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer.
  • The mystery of Clone Troopers vs. Storm Troopers is settled by the official Star Wars Twitter.
  • John Boyega responds to hateful comments of his role in The Force Awakens.
  • David Prowse would have loved to be in The Force Awakens.
  • Watch a video of the Alamo Drafthouse Force Awakens trailer event.
  • Read a line of dialogue from The Force Awakens, a setting description and maybe the opening of the film.

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Jordan Vogt-Roberts is one of the most exciting new filmmakers. We loved his Amblin-esque indie coming of age film The Kings Of Summer, which was a breakout film at Sundance a couple years back. Jordan is currently developing a big screen adaptation of the video game Metal Gear Solid as well as Legendary Pictures’ King Kong prequel/sequel/reboot Skull Island.

Like many of the rest of us, Jordan spent this holiday weekend thinking about Star Wars and geeking out over the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer. He took to Twitter to share a story about his love of Star Wars. I try to explain to people why the year or two experience leading up to The Phantom Menace was still worth it despite the film not living up to expectations. Jordan shares the magic and power of the fan community, explaining it much better than I could. Read the Jordan Vogt-Roberts Star Wars story in full after the jump.

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Force Awakens trailer parody

If you’re like me, you’ve watched the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer several dozen times and will continue to do so until the next one comes out. By now, you may know every second of the trailer just as well as the original trilogy and you’d be open to seeing something new. Like clockwork, the Internet obliges.

Several different parodies of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser trailer have appeared online but two stand out above the rest. First is a super impressive shot by shot recreation in Lego. Second is J.J. Abrams lens flare edition. And third is a “George Lucas Special Edition” version that, much like the first trailer, brought tears to my eyes. This time though it wasn’t nostalgia, it was because I was laughing so hard. Read More »

Star Wars The Force Awakens Oscar Issac

We loved the Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser trailer, and have already over analyzed and talked about it at length elsewhere on the site. But as I thought more about the trailer, I realized that the teaser was missing a few key elements that most people would have expected. Note: these are not complaints, only observations. What is Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer missing? Find out after the jump.

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Phil Noto Force Awakens

November 28 was a big Friday for Star Wars fans. Our first glimpse at Episode VII, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, hit in the form of a short teaser trailer. We here at /Film were all over it, and in case you missed some of what we wrote about the trailer, we wanted to make the links nice and convenient for you over the holiday weekend. So here goes:

Check back next week for even more on this momentous occasion. Thanks to Phil Noto for the cool fan poster.

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