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What? You think that we’re done with Star Wars news just because Star Wars: The Force Awakens has opened and just about everyone has seen it several times by now? Bah! We’re justing getting started! Today:

  • An in-depth look at the making of The Force Awakens.
  • A terrific new poster from Matt Taylor.
  • How Taco Bell employees avoid spoilers.
  • A chance to pre-order Captain Phasma’s helmet for yourself.
  • The age of Kylo Ren.
  • Cool new art from Erica Tan.
  • The unlikely person responsible for some new languages in The Force Awakens.
  • A batch of early concept art from the film’s new art book.

Empire has assembled a massive, in-depth look at the development, casting, and film of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and it is required reading for any fan. Here is one early sample, courtesy of co-writer and saga guru Lawrence Kasdan, from when he set out to rewrite the screenplay with J.J. Abrams:

We wound up sitting in restaurants, the two of us yelling at each other about how things should go in the story. This is supposed to be the most secret script in history and we’re sitting at the Café Deux Magots in Paris saying, ‘I don’t think Han should do that,’ and naming names! We worked straight through Christmas on the phone, Skyping and writing pages. We wrote 40 pages during Christmas 2013. We had a script to show people in less than two months.

You can (and should) read the whole thing here.

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Artist Matt Taylor already created a stunning piece of art for the cover of the Star Wars edition of Birth.Movies.Death, the Alamo Drafthouse theater chain’s in-house magazine, but he also went and made an actual poster for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Utilizing similar assets as his cover, this poster was given to every audience member who attended, and survived, the theater’s marathon of all seven Star Wars movies. It is gorgeous.

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On the whole, the internet has been very good about policing itself with Star Wars spoilers, with not even a few rotten apples spoiling things for everyone else. Unfortunately, the real world is a cold and harsh and unforgiving place where people talk about the movies they’ve seen within earshot of others. So what are the employees of a Taco Bell, who are working and cannot see Star Wars: The Force Awakens to do? They put this sign up on their window.

She may play a smaller role than expected in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but with Captain Phasma expected to step up her game in the upcoming sequels, it’s time for you, the uber-fan, to get in on the ground floor with the best merch. If you happen to have $679 lying around, Anovos’ new Captain Phasma helmet replica is now available for pre-order. That sum is more than a little outrageous, but it is also a big discount from the normal $799 price tag. Do you really need to eat and pay rent this month?

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