Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine

The latest issue of Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine has an interview with Mark Hamill, who gives a few details about the future of Star Wars and what its like being the same age that Alec Guinness was while filming A New Hope as he filmed Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Here are some of the highlights that FMoF has revealed:

  • ON THE BASIC CONCEPT OF THE FORCE AWAKENS: “It is about setting up the next generation of heroes and villains, but the fact that half a dozen cast members from the originals can be there to place it in some sort of context, to be there for the historical side of things, I think it’s wonderful. … Young people can see the progression of the characters. I’m old enough to be Luke’s grandfather now, and that’s a healthy, natural thing for people to see.”
  • HOW FORCE AWAKENS WILL FEEL DIFFERENT: “I think [THE FORCE AWAKENS] could be every bit as exciting for the audience, [but] it’s not going to be like it was then, when we’re rattling around in the Death Star, and exchanging quips, and jockeying for the affections of the princess. It’s going to be age appropriate. The story has moved on, and our purpose in the story is different than it was then.”
  • FILMING FORCE AWAKENS AT THE SAME AGE AS ALEC GUINNESS: “Intellectually, I know I’m the same age as Alec Guinness. Emotionally, I’m thinking, “Are you kidding me?!? I still like The Three Stooges and the Rolling Stones. How could I be old?”

Disney has released a new video from the Millennium Falcon experience now on board the Disney Dream cruise line. Watch the video above. Makes me wish I could take a trip on one of these boats as a kid.

Meanwhile, InsideTheMagic has video of First Order Stormtroopers from Star Wars: The Force Awakens now on patrol at Disneyland’s “Star Wars: Season of the Force”. I didn’t see these troopers when I was at the park the last couple weeks, so who knows when they are scheduled to make their rounds around Tomorrowland interrogating park guests.

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Star Wars Battlefront hit stores this week but EA and DICE are apparently already developing sequels for the video game series. EA CFO Blake Jorgensen said the following earlier this week at the UBS Global Technology Conference in San Francisco:

“It’s a big effort for us, and I don’t think there’s a human being in the world who hasn’t heard of the Star Wars movie coming. And so, [it’s a] great opportunity. We struck a licensing deal with Disney a few years back that’s almost ten years in length. The game that comes out tomorrow, Star Wars Battlefront, is a traditional first-person style shooter game. Our goal is to make future Battlefront games as well as other style games around the Star Wars franchise, both on mobile as well as console and PC. It’s a huge opportunity for us.”

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