When J.J. Abrams signed on to direct Star Wars: The Force Awakens, many figured this meant that the movie would be shrouded in absolute secrecy for as long as humanly possible. Abrams loves his mystery box, but in actuality Lucasfilm and Disney have been surprisingly open about the way they’re approaching this new Star Wars. Reveals from the film have been handled with great care, starting with that first cast photo just before production began. Then they opted to release a debut trailer over a year before the film’s release date. Surely that would tide fans over for a few months, right? Well just in case it didn’t, Abrams and producer Kathleen Kennedy went ahead and revealed some of the principal character names in spectacular fashion earlier this week.
While the particulars of the film remain under wraps, we’re starting to get a handle on this new era of the franchise. Adding to that, actor Mark Hamill recently spoke quite a bit about The Force Awakens, from his “contractually obligated beard” to his reaction to that first trailer, and even touching on his initial hesitation to return to the franchise. Moreover, he revealed that the droid from the trailer, BB-8, is a practical creation. Read on after the jump.