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04.16.2015
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It's a little hard to pay attention to any other movie news after that wonderful new teaser for STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS dropped this morning, but lets try to give some other films some love as well, kidding! It's essentially Star Wars day so we might as well embrace it. Those of you who caught the live-stream of the STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS panel at Star Wars Celebration this morning will have already seen these images, but now is your chance to see them all over again.

Over the course of the panel the various stars of STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS were presented, including the trio who will form the film's leads. John Boyega, who plays Finn, spoke a little on where we find his character as the film begins saying that "Finn is in incredible danger and the way he decides to react to this danger changes his life and launches him into the 'Star Wars' universe in a very unique way."

Oscar Isaac was quite excited about his character, Poe Dameron, saying that "he's the biggest friggin' pilot in the galaxy. He’s been sent on a mission by a certain princess and he ends up coming across Mr. John Boyega’s character and their fates are forever intertwined."

Despite many assuming the desert planet featured in the first teaser was Tatooine, actress Daisy Ridley confirms that that is not the case and that the name of the planet on which her character resides goes by Jakku. We of course know that Daisy plays Rey, a self sufficient scavenger who lives a solitary life “until she meets another character and the adventure begins."

Despite all the CGI which will surely be present in the final film, I'm so grateful that J.J. Abrams has embraced the practical as much as possible; the actors actually are outside, they're handling real objects, and are reacting to real explosions. Even in what little footage we've seen so far the film already feels more "real" than all of the prequel trilogy combined.

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS will (finally) hit theaters on December 18, 2015 and after today's trailer I cannot wait to be sitting in the theater watching a brand new Star Wars adventure unfold on the big-screen. Meanwhile the Star Wars Celebration will run until April 19 at the Anaheim Convention Center, so you can expect plenty more Star Wars news to come!

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Source: Lucasfilm

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1:46PM on 04/17/2015
Awesome, that final picture is of a wrecked super star destroyer.
Christmas seems a long way away.
Awesome, that final picture is of a wrecked super star destroyer.
Christmas seems a long way away.
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5:24AM on 04/17/2015
OMG did you see it, you had to look close so you don't miss it!

Sand my god they are using actual sand! Thank god for the return to at least some practical sets and props.

And way to go JJ with the new Chrome Trooper dude, you just gave the finger to all the stormtrooper cosplay guys, now they have to make new suits.
OMG did you see it, you had to look close so you don't miss it!

Sand my god they are using actual sand! Thank god for the return to at least some practical sets and props.

And way to go JJ with the new Chrome Trooper dude, you just gave the finger to all the stormtrooper cosplay guys, now they have to make new suits.
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9:40PM on 04/16/2015
To be fair, so far we've mainly seen photos of Tatooine (or someplace really similar) more than anywhere else. And most of the Tatooine stuff in the prequels was shot on location as well. Even a good portion of the scenes on Naboo were on location. I'm not saying they didn't overdo it with the CGI in the prequels, but lets not pretend it was all CGI either. Besides, some of it was necessary, you can't really do parts of Mustafar or Crouscant on an actual location.
To be fair, so far we've mainly seen photos of Tatooine (or someplace really similar) more than anywhere else. And most of the Tatooine stuff in the prequels was shot on location as well. Even a good portion of the scenes on Naboo were on location. I'm not saying they didn't overdo it with the CGI in the prequels, but lets not pretend it was all CGI either. Besides, some of it was necessary, you can't really do parts of Mustafar or Crouscant on an actual location.
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5:39PM on 04/17/2015
Thank you!
Thank you!
9:39PM on 04/16/2015
Chewy and Han!! Swoon.
Chewy and Han!! Swoon.
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9:20PM on 04/16/2015
The practicality of this new film is awesome. OF COURSE there is CGI, duh doi, it's a Star Wars movie--but there's such a huge difference between building huge sets and filming on location and doing what Lucas did in the PT. Like it or not, I don't see how one can complain about practical sets.
The practicality of this new film is awesome. OF COURSE there is CGI, duh doi, it's a Star Wars movie--but there's such a huge difference between building huge sets and filming on location and doing what Lucas did in the PT. Like it or not, I don't see how one can complain about practical sets.
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9:20PM on 04/16/2015

so I guess those spy photos that everyone

thought was adam driver as an xwing pilot wasn't him,. Oscar Isaac with his wavy black hair
thought was adam driver as an xwing pilot wasn't him,. Oscar Isaac with his wavy black hair
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9:06PM on 04/16/2015

yeah...

i'm not sure about john boyega in that universe, I dont like him really much. Not that he is a bad actor. hes only sweating and looks like to fap in every pic so far.
i'm not sure about john boyega in that universe, I dont like him really much. Not that he is a bad actor. hes only sweating and looks like to fap in every pic so far.
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