Over the past couple of days, set photos have been leaking out from Star Wars: Episode VII. These leaks are part of the inevitable cycle we’ve fallen into when it comes to gigantic blockbusters: we say we don’t want to know anything, we hunt for every scrap we can find that will show us something, and the marketing almost always ends up spoiling everything anyway. It’s frustrating (personally, I’d be fine never posting any leaked set photo), but it’s what the people want. Director J.J. Abrams isn’t ignorant of this fact, but he’d like to keep things a little under wraps, and has left a polite note asking for people to stop stealing away unofficial images from the upcoming Star Wars movie.
The note is also somewhat cheeky as it denies the presence of the Millennium Falcon by doing a close-up on a piece of the ship that die-hard fans will recognize. Hit the jump for more. Star Wars: Episode VII opens December 18, 2015.
Through the Twitter account of his production company, Bad Robot, Abrams tweeted out the following photo:
Star Wars fans will note that this is the game table where Chewie and C-3PO play Dejarik, a holographic game that causes wookies to become such sore losers that they’re willing to rip people’s arms off.
Again, I can sympathize with Abrams on these leaks because they’re going to happen no matter what he does. Some can argue that if Disney just released a steady stream of official photos, it would nullify those who are willing to sell unofficial images. But the demand is too high for a studio to ever satisfy fans. Additionally, they don’t want to give away their movie, and then have the fans (again, inevitably) turn around and whine that the studio gave away too much.