Star Wars: The Force Awakens as Episode VII of the beloved space opera franchise is now known, is still 400 or so days away, but your first look at a trailer is right here, right now. Okay, not exactly. While this video is in fact a trailer for something called Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it’s not the one you’re probably thinking of. Back in 2006, a fan made his very own film, interestingly enough called Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And this is the trailer for that.
The word iconic is thrown around a little too liberally, but when it comes to Darth Vader, perhaps the greatest villain in all of film, that’s the most appropriate description we can come up with, nothing else fits. Everything about the Star Wars baddie is emblematic, from his sleek, black look all the way down to his lightsaber and the way he moves. And his voice, oh that voice. It’s damn near impossible to think of Vader and hear the deep, raspy rumble of James Earl Jones. His is one of the most recognizable vocal performances of all time, but it wasn’t always the case. Check out this video to hear what Darth Vader, the man with the most authoritative vocal chords in the whole galaxy, originally sounded like. It’s not what you expect.
When George Lucas was filming Star Wars, what Vader sounded like was still up in the air. For such an important character, hitting on just the right voice was both a necessity and a challenge, and one the production didn’t have a handle on right away. During shooting, David Prowse, the bodybuilder who wore the distinctive suit, was the one delivering the lines from the script and working with the other actors.
Now that we know the title of the next Star Wars movie, there’s nothing more to discuss, right? Oh wait, there’s still everything to speculate about because aside from the fact that it is now officially called Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we still don’t know all that much. But now there’s a report going around that could shed some light on the state of one of the returning characters: Luke Skywalker.
Two things. First, SPOILERS! SPOILERS!! SPOILERS!!! Or at least potential ones. Which brings us to point number two, this is completely unsubstantiated, and though it does seem to jive with other things we’ve heard, take it with a grain of salt.
Well here it is, the moment you’ve been waiting for since Disney bought Lucasfilm and announced there will be more Star Wars movies. We’re not talking about any official plot details or looks at the movie or anything like that, but now we do know what the J.J. Abrams-directed film is subtitled. Meet Star Wars: Episode VII—The Force Awakens.
This is…a title. To be honest, I don’t have particularly strong feelings on it either way, it’s just kind of bland. It’s also a serious departure from the super dramatic monikers like The Empire Strikes Back, The Phantom Menace, and Revenge of the Sith. Then again, Return of the Jedi isn’t the liveliest title ever. I have to say it’s better than The Ancient Fear, which was rumored to be the working title a while back.
The Empire Strikes Back is widely regarded as the greatest sequel ever made, especially in geekier circles. One actor, however, thinks the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII may claim that throne next year, and, unlike most people, he’s in a unique position to spout off on such a topic.
Anthony Daniels is one of only two actors (Kenny Baker as R2-D2 is the other) to appear in all six, soon (ish) to be seven, Star Wars movies. Even if you can’t picture what he looks like in real life, you know his beloved, prissy golden droid C-3PO, a prominent part of the franchise from The Phantom Menace all the way through Return of the Jedi. Like everyone else in the world, he’s all over social media, and now that Episode VII has wrapped principal photography, he took to Twitter to let the world know what he thinks of the film, and as it turns out, he’s got a high opinion of the project.
And here is the most geektastic thing you will see all day (and yes, I hate myself a little for using that term, but nothing else seems to capture the precise nerdiness of this photograph). Just in case you forgot what huge dorks both Joss Whedon and Nathan Fillion actually are, here’s a photograph of the two of them fighting with lightsabers, just for the hell of it.