Force Awakens

Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters tonight nationwide. Before you see the movie, check out the latest edition of Force Awakens bits for the following spoiler-free info:

  • Force Awakens has sold more tickets than any other movie on Fandango, not just pre-sales but their full theatrical run.
  • Learn how C3PO’s suit was greatly improved for the filming of the new movie.
  • JJ Abrams explains why he didn’t return for Episode VIII or IX.
  • Abu Dhabi recreated Starkiller Base as a tourist attraction.
  • Force Awakens is 95% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes with 200 reviews, a ranking currently higher than all the previous Star Wars films.
  • Adam Driver explains how the lightsabers in Force Awakens finally realized George Lucas‘ original vision.
  • Costume designer Michael Kaplan on creating Han Solo’s more mature look.
  • Force Awakens will screen in space
  • The header image is a behind the scenes shot from a featurette on shooting in Abu Dubai, which you can watch in this post.

All this and more. Hit the jump to hyperspace!

Kylo Ren's lightsaber

How the Lightsabers In The Force Awakens Finally Realized George Lucas’ Original Vision

Adam Driver spoke to The Telegraph (via io9) about the controversy regarding his crossbreed lightsaber, and pointed out that the way The Force Awakens portrays his saber is actually fulfilling George Lucas’ original vision for the laser sword:

When George Lucas did the first film, he wanted them to be really heavy, but they couldn’t quite figure it out. This is the first time that we’re actually fighting with the whole lightsaber too. Before it was just the hilt with [something] like an antenna or a green stick, but this was state of the art – it actually sends off light.

JJ Abrams Explains Why He Didn’t Return For Episode VIII or IX

Fandango asked director JJ Abrams if he ever planned to return for Episode VIII or Episode IX of the Star Wars saga, and he responded with the following:

I remember feeling when I was working on this movie, and we were midway through production and I felt that I didn’t think that it would have been, given what we were all giving to seven, something that I was going to be able to do in anyway that would do service to the movie, to do eight. Meaning, I knew I would need some time off. It wouldn’t work on their schedule. It wouldn’t have been the right thing. I knew if seven worked as well as I was hoping it would then thats a wonderful place to have done my part in the Star Wars world and step back. And if it didn’t go as well as I was hoping it would, no one would want me to do the next one. So there was only a win to say this was the movie to direct.

Force Awakens han solo

Han Solo’s More Mature Costume Design

Force Awakens costume designer Michael Kaplan talked to People Magazine about the film’s costumes. Here’s an excerpt where he discusses creating a more mature look for Han Solo:

“I wanted Han’s costume to feel familiar, since Harrison Ford is the same actor playing the same character,” Kaplan says. “Of course he’s older, but he’s still in terrific shape. I wanted it to seem like Han was still choosing his own garb. As for Luke, I’m not sure. Let me know what you think on Dec. 18.”

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