by: Jay Carlson – Editor-in-chief
Today is set to be another big day for Star Wars fans thanks yet again to Entertainement Weekly. Throughout the day they’ll be releasing new info regarding Leia, Starkiller Base, the Creatures and more!
To start, we have four new covers featuring Han (Is that a wax statue?), Finn, Rey and R2D2 and C3PO:
Next up is an interview with Harrison Ford in which a couple tidbits jump out of Anthony Breznican’s piece:
First up is some news on the next Indiana Jones film:
“Ford does play favorites when it comes to his two most iconic characters. He has made no secret about preferring Indiana Jones to Han Solo, and he’s ready to put the fedora back on and jump into action for Indy 5 any time Steven Spielberg and the gang at Lucasfilm decide to get the ball rolling (so to speak.)
“Oh, yeah. Yeah, I’d love to do another Indiana Jones,” he says, sitting at a round picnic table in the back of the hangar. “A character that has a history and a potential, kind of a rollicking good movie ride for the audience, Steven Spielberg as a director — what’s not to like?”
And it also seems that even though Han Solo may be older, he hasn’t completely outgrown his younger self:
He seems to still have money issues, for starters. “We spend a lot more time [in the movie] on his failure to master basic skills, like accounting,” Ford says, rubbing his thumb and forefinger together. “And accounting for his own behavior. There’s a lot of the rogue still left in Solo. Some things don’t change.”
A gallery of new images have arrived via EW. Many of these are clear versions of shots we’ve already seen in the TV Spot and Japanese trailer, but there are some great new ones in there as well!
Among new info revealed in the piece:
Rey: “Rey was ditched on Jakku by her family when she was a child and has no idea why — or why they never returned. “She’s been alone for a long time,” Ridley says. “When something occurs when you’re 5, you know what went on but you don’t understand the reasoning. She’s hopeful for what lies ahead, whether that involves the past or not.” So why hasn’t abandonment made her bitter, angry, and… prone to the Dark Side? “Hope makes people good, a lot of the time,” Ridley says. “You hope for a brighter future, and resentment is outweighed.”
Poe and Finn: “What this image reveals is that Dameron and Finn do meet before Boyega’s character goes AWOL. All this does is raise more questions about why Finn ends up wearing Poe’s clothes on Jakku — and how the X-Wing pilot goes from handcuffed prisoner to his return to the Resistance base.”
Rey and Finn: “Now we see there’s a third element to Finn’s snowy, woodlands duel with Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren. Rey is part of the battle, too. We don’t know how she fits in (although this looks a lot like the trailer shot of her weeping over a fallen friend)”
Stormtroopers: They used men as well as women as Stormtroopers. According to Abrams, “We had women in stormtrooper costumes in the movie.”
“Boyega says soldiers raised from childhood to serve this remnant of the scattered Imperial forces are fed propaganda about the heroes of the Rebellion. Unlike Rey, he has learned a lot about Luke Skywalker — but he has been taught he was a villain who destroyed the benevolent Empire.”
The Knights of Ren: As speculated, this picture is indeed The Knights of Ren. EW offered no caption but their filename has it listed as the Knights of Ren.
Kylo Ren: Driver breaks his character down, “When you break all of those things down, really it’s just because someone wasn’t loved enough or felt betrayed.”
Captain Phasma: Originated as a design for Kylo Ren. “The chrome-plated trooper originated as a design for Kylo Ren, but then J.J. Abrams was inspired to create a new character. “I just thought it would be really cool if we could find someone to play the part who was female, and I’m a fan of Game of Thrones; Gwendoline is in that show, [The Force Awakens casting director] Nina Gold casts it, she knew Gwendoline, obviously.”
Rey’s Staff: Nothing to do with Darth Plagueis. “I mean everyone is praying that it’s Darth Plagueis’s staff. But… it’s just a staff,” Ridley says. “She’s a young woman in a galaxy by herself. It’s not primarily a weapon, it’s useful as well. It does all sorts of things roamin’ around Jakku. She uses it to defend herself. That’s really as far as it goes, unfortunately.” Asked if its electrified, like a cattle prod, and the actress tries — and fails — to stifle a laugh. “Cattle prod! No, she doesn’t have a charger!” she says. “It’s just a plain old staff!”
Leia: “She’s referred to as General,” says director and co-writer J.J. Abrams. “But … there’s a moment in the movie where a character sort of slips and calls her ‘Princess.’”
Keep checking back here and we’ll update this post as new information becomes available from Entertainment Weekly!