Star Wars will not rest until they know each and every last detail of their beloved universe. It is their blessing and their curse. Thankfully, they have Lucasfilm story group creative executive Pablo Hidalgo to pester for details! Here is the man responsible for keeping the Star Wars canon in check confirming the age of Kylo Ren, which makes complete sense if you’ve seen the movie and know a little more about the guy.

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Artist Erica Tan has revealed the art for a timed-edition (i.e., you won’t be able to get it forever) t-shirt that she designed featuring the characters of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Although she admits that she didn’t know a thing about Finn, Rey, and Poe Dameron when Lucasfilm hired her for the gig, her art certainly captures the characters well.

Who says going viral only led to fame and not fortune? A few years ago, Finnish singer and YouTuber Sara Maria Forsberg created a video titled “What Languages Sound Like To Foreigners,” which racked up over 16 million views. Shortly afterward, she was called upon to help create alien languages for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Speaking to Variety, Forsberg described her process:

They asked me to listen to Euro-Asian languages, so I listened to Gujarati and Hindi and languages from different islands in Asia. I also watched YouTube videos of languages I didn’t understand at all, and then I worked on creating words and structure so it would sound like a believable language. I didn’t want it to sound like complete nonsense.

Now that Lucasfilm is going to YouTube to recruit fresh talent for their films, you can never accuse J.J. Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy of not trying something completely different. Above is Forsberg’s original video that got her the job.

Wired has unveiled a new batch of images from the new book The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and like the best concept art, these showcase the evolution of how the film came to be while simultaneously showing off what could have been. Some of the art looks very much like the finished versions, like the wastelands of Jakku and General Leia’s outfit. Others, like a far less cute BB-8 and some bulkier Stormtroopers, showcase options that were considered and ultimately not pursued. When you look at the gallery above, remember that each of these was simply one among hundreds of ideas that were brainstormed and dropped on the way to the final version. Seeing what wasn’t selected is always just as interesting as seeing what was selected.

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