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Warwick Davis May Have Confirmed This Huge Star Wars: The Force Awakens Rumor

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star warsSince damn near the very second it was announced, there have been rumors, reports, rampant speculation, and various other potential spoilers for the movie we now know as Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Disney, Lucasfilm, director J.J. Abrams, and the cast have been keeping a lid on things (even with the confluence of spy photos that hit the web a while ago), and we won’t know the legitimacy of most of these until the film opens on December 18. But one of the cast members may have inadvertently confirmed one of the biggest and most unexpected of the rumors we’ve heard.

Be warned, there are potential spoilers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens beyond this point.

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A New Star Wars 7 Trailer Is Coming Soon, With Han, Luke, And Leia, Details Here

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Star WarsIt’s silly to get too excited about an upcoming trailer, we’re well aware of that, but when it’s the next trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it’s hard not to get at least a little bit stoked. (Hell, I paid for a ticket to a movie I didn’t care about just to see the last one on the big screen.) And while the first one is great, it’s conspicuously missing any of the returning characters, primarily Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and Han Solo. But now we know not only when we’ll see the next look at J.J. Abrams’ adventure in that far, far away galaxy, but also that we’ll finally see those familiar faces we’re so pumped about.

This isn’t a huge surprise, but Latino Review confirms that the next Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser, trailer, or whatever you want to call it, will be attached to Joss Whedon’s Avengers: Age of Ultron when it drops May 1. That makes sense, using what is going to be one of the biggest movies of the year to hype up what is likely going to be the biggest movie of the year. Especially since Disney owns both Marvel and Lucasfilm. I’m waiting for the cross promotion to get to the point where there’s a just a Wookiee walking around in the background of a Marvel movie somewhere.

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Watch Billy Dee Williams And Lando Calrissian Return To Star Wars

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If you’re a Star Wars character from the original trilogy, and you’re not making an appearance in The Force Awakens next December, don’t worry, Star Wars Rebels has your back. They’ve already brought in beloved characters like Obi-Wan Kenobi, Master Yoda, and even Darth Vader, and now they’re bringing back another fan favorite, Lando Calrissian, as voiced Bill Dee Williams himself. This new video hypes up his return, with Williams running lines, bringing his trademark smoothness to the voice role, and the cast and crew talking about how the character fits into the Rebels world.

We heard Lando was coming back, and even saw an image of how his character looks, but here you get actual footage. While I’m still not crazy about the animation style, they certainly capture the essence of the character. Lando has more swagger than anyone in the Star Wars universe, including Han, and that comes across here. And Williams may be 77-years-old, but he’s just as smooth as ever, bringing his charm and flair to the role one more time.

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George Lucas Had Very Different Plans For Star Wars 7

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star wars the force awakensGeorge Lucas both created and almost destroyed Star Wars. I know there are those of you who like the prequels, but regardless of personal feelings, the public backlash against them was so severe that it actually turned many people off to the franchise that they loved. (Hence the massive trepidation about the new movies.) A great many fans breathed a sigh of relief when they found out that Lucas has nothing to do with the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens. But that doesn’t mean he didn’t have plans for Episode VII, however, and he recently opened up about them a bit.

As far back as 2011 the idea of more Star Wars movies was bouncing around, but it wasn’t until Disney bought Lucasfilm for an outlandish amount of money in October of 2012 that those rumors were confirmed. Talking to USA Today about his upcoming animated film, Strange Magic, Lucas revealed that he seriously toyed with the idea of Episode VII with an eye on a May 2015 release date. In fact, he had plans for a whole new trilogy, though he mentioned that he was considering selling Lucasfilm off after the seventh film.

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Star Wars 7: Watch This Guy Test Out The Practicality Of That New Lightsaber

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Since damn near the very first moment that Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer dropped just after Thanksgiving, there has been an endless back and forth among fans about that new, broadsword-style lightsaber lugged around by Kylo Ren. There have been all kinds of theories about how functional it would be with those small blades that come out at the hilt, and if it would really protect your hands or be a hindrance and liability in actual combat. Now I know nothing about swordplay aside from what I’ve seen in the movies, but luckily for all of us, there’s this dude on YouTube who put these this newfangled weapon through it’s paces to see if it’s practical or not.

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The First Standalone Star Wars Film Just Hired This Writer To Replace Gary Whitta

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Star WarsThere’s been so much focus lately on J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens that it’s easy to forget that there’s a ton of other stuff going on in that neck of the woods. As part of the massive Star Wars remodel, next up in the production line is the Gareth Edwards-directed spinoff movie. Late last week we learned that Gary Whitta, who had been handling all the writing duties, left to pursue other opportunities. Though he finished a draft, there’s still a great deal of work to be done, and now it looks like they may have found a replacement in the form of Simon Kinberg.

According to Slashfilm’s sources, Kinberg is stepping in to pick up where Whitta left off. This report is unconfirmed and unofficial at this point, but not only does this sound like a good idea, it sounds like an obvious choice. Whitta’s biggest jobs up to now have been After Earth and The Book of Eli, neither of which exactly light you on fire with their scripts. And Kinberg is already entrenched in the Lucasfilm family, running the show over at Star Wars Rebels. He’s also a consultant on The Force Awakens, and swooping in at the last moment to save films is kind of his jam in Hollywood. It’s even been reported that he was already working on one of the standalone films, though it was rumored to the Josh Trank-directed one (Kinberg also worked on Trank’s Fantastic Four). If this winds up being true, it won’t blow any minds, but maybe now he’s writing two spinoffs.