STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS: 17 Things We Learned from the Celebration Panel

     April 16, 2015

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You can’t really get enough Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but there were some nice tidbits from the panel.  Check them out below:

  • If you tweet the hashtags #stormtrooper #C3PO or #BB8, you’ll get special emojis
  • Abrams was hesitant to sign on because of a conversation with Kathleen Kennedy because even though he had plans for himself and his family, “she made it impossible to say no.”
  • They wanted to capture the feeling of being on physical, tangible sets, and “needed to set a standard.” Building as much as they could was the mandate.
  • The desert planet in the first trailer is “Jakku” (pronounced “jock-oo”), not Tatooine as we previously thought.
  • Raised over $6 million for UNICEF though the “Force for Change” campaign.
  • There will be new droids (just the domes) including “R5” and “R6” and every pilot will have their own specific droid.
  • A practical BB8 rolled out on stage. He’s very cute, it’s a practical effect, and looks incredible. I have no idea how they put it together.
  • The brought out the three lead characters: Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), Rey (Daisy Ridley), and Finn (John Boyega).

  • How we meet Rey: Comes from Jakku and she is a scavenger. Completely self sefficient and solitary “until she meets another character and the adventure begins.”
  • How we meet Finn: He’s in incredible danger and the way he reacts changes his life and launches him into the Star Wars universe in a very unique way. And the character is a stormtrooper.
  • How we meet Poe: “He’s the best fricking pilot in the galaxy.” He’s “been sent on a mission by a certain princess and ends up coming across Finn and their fates are forever intertwined.”
  • Boyega got Harrison Ford to sign the Han in Stormtrooper gear toy even though Ford said, “This is weird.”
  • Kathleen Kennedy says there will be more female characters in the new film.
  • Isaac was in his hotel waiting to see if he was cast hours before he went to the first table read.
  • Boyega waited until the table read photo was released to tell his parents he was in the movie because he didn’t think they would believe him.
  • The brought out the new stormtroopers along with Anthony Daniels, Carrie Fisher, Peter Mayhew, and Mark Hamill.
  • Fisher: “The hair buns are tired now…but I think you’ll have an alternate thing I think you’ll be very into, and it’s not the metal bikini.”

Star Wars: The Force Awakens stars John BoyegaDaisy RidleyOscar Isaac, Adam DriverHarrison FordMark HamillCarrie FisherDomhnall GleesonAndy SerkisLupita Nyong’oGwendoline Christie, and Max von Sydow. The film opens in theaters on December 18th.

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