The Star Wars Commander mobile game just made some The Force Awakens updates that include two new species as well as the planet Takodana where Maz Kanata’s castle can be found. Both of the new species we’ve actually seen before, but we get a little more detail about what they can do (via StarWarsNewsNet), at least in the game, if not in the Star Wars universe.


That’s a Dowutin Hunter, described as “lumbering infantry hired to dispatch enemy defending units with shock and awe, troops and vehicles alike.” We’ve seen a guy like this in Vanity Fair’s photo spread featuring a bunch of aliens inside of a cantina at Maz Kanata’s castle.


And this is a Luggabeast Munitioneer, “based on the cybernetic-enhanced beast of burden in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” We’ve seen a luggabeast before in an image with Rey and BB-8, presumably when the Jakku resident and ball droid meet for the first time.

These are both playable in the game now and surely more updates will be coming once The Force Awakens is unleashed.

J.J. Abrams sat down with AOL Build to talk about The Force Awakens for awhile, but if you don’t have 32 minutes to spare, StarWarsNewsNet broke down the finer points if you want to check out certain parts:

  • introduction: trailer reactions and how he handled the excitement to work with Kasdan
  • 3:00 min: the hurdles and how to work on the story with Kasdan
  • 4:10 min: the difficulties to work under Disney and the corporate approach
  • 8:10 min: the reason to cast “unknowns” and the challenging work in the desert
  • 12:00 min: influences and preparation for the movie
  • 16:00 min: the retro approach and “going simpler”, BB8 hologram sequence confirmed!
  • 18:10 min: the lightsaber battles
  • 19:45 min: how to embrace the inherited Star Wars moments and bring something new at the same time
  • 21:00 min: the original cast was already on board when JJ took over and Q+A

The Force Awakens credits scene

A new rumor from the set of Star Wars: Rogue One says that we might see some version of Shadow Stormtroopers in the spin-off. They may not be called that, but apparently there have been some black Stormtroopers with silver eyepieces spotted on set, and they’re supposed to be in the movie.

This is just a rumor for now, and for me, it would be kind of weird to see these kind of Stormtroopers pop up in a movie that takes place before A New Hope, but then never again after that in the original trilogy. Unless these Stormtroopers are some kind of special, secret Black Forces kind of unit to explain why we never see them anywhere else, it would just seem kind of odd. But we’ll have to wait and see if this is an accurate report or not. []

Harrison Ford tried a new cocktail inspired by Star Wars and The Tonight Show called the Millennium Fallon.

That’s all for this edition of Star Wars Bits. Stay tuned for more soon.

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