The Force Awakens runtime

Yesterday there were plenty of huge Star Wars updates from Disney’s D23 Expo 2015 in Anaheim. Jurassic World helmer Colin Trevorrow was confirmed to direct Star Wars: Episode IX; the first look at Star Wars: Rogue One was revealed along with the official primary cast; and a whole Star Wars section was confirmed to be on the way for Disney theme parks.

But one little tidbit that went somewhat under the radar in all that craziness was for Disney’s first big screen venture into a galaxy far, far away. The big reveal for Star Wars: The Force Awakens yesterday was a D23 exclusive poster illustrated by renowned artist Drew Struzan, but director J.J. Abrams also announced something else: The Force Awakens runtime. Read More »

Star Wars: The Force Awakens poster reveal at D23 Expo 2015

Even though there may not be any new footage from Star Wars: The Force Awakens debuting at D23 this weekend, fans were still given a pretty fantastic treat that is simultaneously something we weren’t sure that we would get to see, but also something unsurprising.

The new Star Wars: The Force Awakens poster has been revealed with illustrations from famed poster artist Drew Struzan, the man behind the final theatrical posters for the special edition of the Star Wars trilogy as well as the prequel trilogy, and it’s just as gorgeous as we all hoped. Plus, it also gives us a tease of a certain elegant weapon being used by someone we haven’t seen wield one yet. Yeah, you know what I’m talking about. Read More »

Simon Pegg Star Wars

When director J.J. Abrams was confirmed to direct Star Wars: The Force Awakens, before we even knew what the title for Episode VII was going to be, some fans were a little annoyed at his hiring. Abrams after all, already had a hand in rebooting Star Trek in 2009, and also directed the less-impressive sequel Star Trek Into Darkness. But it turns out Abrams isn’t the only Star Trek talent with hands in both sci-fi cookie jars.

As we know now, Simon Pegg has some kind of minor role in The Force Awakens as an unknown alien, because we saw him suited up on set in the behind the scenes reel that was revealed at Comic-Con. But Abrams has just confirmed that the Simon Pegg Star Wars connection also extends to helping shape the script, being an occasional part of the brain trust who brought ideas and insight into the story as well. Read More »

Constable Zuvio in The Force Awakens

We’re just three weeks away from getting a huge load of Star Wars: The Force Awakens information when new toys, books and other merchandise hits shelves on September 4th, which has been dubbed Force Friday by Disney and Lucasfilm.

Since stores actually have to receive these items in advance in order to have them in stock by the time Force Friday arrives, plenty of images are beginning to trickle online, giving us our first look at the new toys on the way, and in some cases, revealing new details and characters.

The latest round of leaks has revealed a new character named Constable Zuvio, someone we haven’t heard of in any capacity, not even in rumors. So who is Constable Zuvio in The Force Awakens? We speculate below, but beware of potential spoilers! Read More »

JJ Abrams not directing Star Wars Episode 9

A slew of new goodies from Star Wars: The Force Awakens has hit the web today, from new photos of our new heroes and villains, to juicy new details on Adam Driver‘s First Order bad guy Kylo Ren. Now some details about the future of the new Star Wars trilogy have surfaced.

J.J. Abrams has confirmed that he will not come back to direct Star Wars: Episode IX, though as we know from an earlier interview, he will be executive producing the second and third installments of this new trilogy. In addition, the director revealed what finally convinced him to direct Star Wars: The Force Awakens, after initially turning down the job. Read More »

Star Wars Shattered Empire

The second Death Star has been destroyed. The Emperor is dead. The galaxy celebrates. What happens next?

That’s exactly what the forthcoming comic book Star Wars: Shattered Empire will set out to answer as one of many new stories coming this fall as part of the Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens publishing program. The comic book picks up immediately after the Battle of Endor, showing that the destruction of the second Death Star wasn’t exactly an easy happy ending, and it certainly wasn’t the absolute end of the Empire either.

Find out what we learned about Star Wars Shattered Empire from an interview with series writer Greg Rucka that we break down after the jump! Read More »

The Force Awakens midi-chlorians

If you’ve been paying attention to the marketing and hype surrounding Star Wars: The Force Awakens, then you know that Lucasfilm, including president Kathleen Kennedy, and director J.J. Abrams have been touting a return to form for Episode VII, including making sure that you know there are much more practical effects in this new film than there were in the prequels.

And now there’s one more guarantee that Abrams has made regarding one of the more hated parts of the prequel trilogy: midi-chlorians. J.J. Abrams recently sat down for a series of yes or no questions about Star Wars, and he was asked about the microscopic life forms that exist inside the cells of living beings, as explained by Qui-Gon Jinn in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. Thankfully, Abrams gave an answer that will please those who hate midi-chlorians.

Hit the jump to find out more about The Force Awakens midi-chlorians exclusion! Read More »

Star Wars - Darth Vader

Star Wars Bits is now the ultimate power in the universe. I suggest we use it. Here’s what you’ll find in this edition of news from a galaxy far, far away.

  • Dave Bautista wants to be in a Star Wars movie
  • EA reveals new Battlefront game mode
  • Interview: Star Wars Card Trader App producer and art director
  • Preview Marvel comic Darth Vader #8
  • New Hoth LEGO set on the way?
  • First look at Ken Leung in The Force Awakens

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Where are those transmissions you intercepted? What have you done with those Star Wars Bits? This edition of news from a galaxy far, far away includes:

  • Adam Driver comments on Star Wars experience
  • New planet name from The Force Awakens revealed?
  • Catch up on Star Wars canon updates from July
  • How LucasArts fell from grace
  • Mark Hamill gives the best autographs
  • Simon Pegg ranks all the Star Wars movies

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JJ Abrams broke his back

Before Harrison Ford crashed his plane in Los Angeles, he had already sustained a pretty significant injury on the set of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, breaking his left leg. But it turns out that wasn’t the only injury sustained during the production of Episode VII.

In fact, when one of the doors on the film’s set fell on Harrison Ford’s leg, director JJ Abrams (who appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart yesterday) rushed over to help by lifting the object off Ford as quickly as possible. But in the process, Abrams actually broke his back. That’s right, Abrams literally broke his back trying to make this movie for Star Wars fans.

Hear more about how J.J. Abrams broke his back after the jump! Read More »