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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer Is Here, Is It Everything You Wanted?

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It’s been just over two years since the jaw-dropping announcement that Disney had bought Lucasfilm, and that more Star Wars movies were on the way. Since then there have been countless rumors, constant speculation, and a ridiculous number of words devoted to discussing just what might be in store for us. Well, now it’s here, the first tangible look at Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Check out the new teaser trailer below.

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Mark Hamill Addresses Those Huge Episode VII Spoilers

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FatherSonThere’s been no shortage of potential spoilers for Star Wars: Episode VII, ranging from leaked concept art to freaking drone surveillance footage. But last week a true whopper hit the interwebs, a potentially massive reveal on the order of “Luke, I am your father.” We’re talking here about a twist so big that it’s sparked a fierce debate about whether anyone should be reporting it at all. Well, the story just got a shade more surreal with the revelation that, whether the rumor proves to be accurate, it definitely isn’t unprecedented, and nor is it the first time director J.J. Abrams has been at least indirectly connected to the idea.

There’s no way to talk about this without, well, talking about it, so flee in the opposite direction unless you’re willing to face down

MASSIVE POTENTIAL SPOILERS BELOW! RUN AWAY!

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Episode VII’s Oscar Isaac Is No Fan Of George Lucas’ Star Wars Tinkering

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IsaacWith George Lucas having stepped away from the helm of Star Wars, the franchise finds itself in an interesting position. Like the Marvel films or the modern incarnation of Doctor Who, we now have Star Wars movies being made by people who grew up loving the material, people who are now getting to play in the same sandbox that captured their youthful imaginations. Except now it’s the real deal, and they’ve got millions of dollars to work with instead of just some action figures and an actual sandbox. But part of that new Star Wars reality is that the filmmakers returning to George Lucas’ galaxy far, far away are bound to have some strong opinions about it…and not always positive ones.

Actor Oscar Isaac is one of the lucky few, having landed a role in Episode VII that we still don’t know much of anything about. Isaac has had plenty of praise for director J.J. Abrams’ and his Episode VII castmates in recent interviews, but he was admirably candid when The Huffington Post asked how he felt about the “special edition” changes Lucas made to the original Star Wars films. He told HuffPo:

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Star Wars Shows Off The Millennium Falcon In New Vid (Plus A Surprise Twist)

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Director J.J. Abrams has been doling out a steady diet of fan service as the production of Episode VII has rolled on, tossing out videos that highlight his commitment to using practical effects as much as possible in the new Star Wars film. We’ve seen alien creatures and a full-size X-wing fighter, but the latest video is the best one yet. Even if you’re skeptical about Abrams’ take on the Star Wars universe, see if this doesn’t give you goosebumps.

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Star Wars: Episode VII Leaked Images Show Alleged Stormtrooper Redesign

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Trooper1Even with director J.J. Abrams’ penchant for secrecy, it’s inevitable that a production as high-profile as Star Wars: Episode VII is going to have some leaks. And it has, ranging from pictures of sets and aliens to the ever-revolving door of story rumors. The latest comes in the form of pictures purported to be of Episode VII’s redesigned Stormtroopers. And while the unidentified source for the pics does leave us a bit dubious, there are other details that suggest this might — might — be the real deal. The pic up top is the first of two shots posted today by the site Indie Revolver.

Indie Revolver doesn’t say who their source for the images is, instead just claiming that they have “very reliable information that the images below represent how some of the Imperial Forces will appear in JJ Abrams’ Star Wars film.” That’s the sort of thing that would normally have us reaching for our Salt Lick of Skepticism, but in this case the look of the alleged stormtrooper helmet does seem to line up pretty closely with the following drawing, which was posted by artist Tom Hodges on Instagram earlier this week.

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While not involved with the Episode VII production, Hodges claimed to have gotten a look at the stormtrooper designs via somebody who is, and the drawing was Hodges’ attempt to illustrate what he claims to have seen. Hodges later pulled the image down from his Instagram account, but he has since reposted the image from Indie Revolver on Instagram and confirmed that it is what he saw and based his drawing on, saying:

So I missed A LOT of details. My second view of it, I just was scratching the surface. But I told you it was freaking awesome! #starwars #episodevii #stormtroopers

In addition to the standard-issue stormtrooper helmet, Indie Revolver also shared this second image, which they speculate is an updated version of the “snowtroopers” seen on Hoth in The Empire Strikes Back.

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The “snowtrooper” helmet also fits with the description provided in a Making Star Wars story from earlier this summer, and both images are evocative of existing trooper designs by Ralph McQuarrie and Joe Johnston, as seen below.

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If the pics are legit, the stormtrooper design is a nice evolution of what we saw in the Original Trilogy, and the Clone Troopers that preceded them. Hopefully we’ll see something official from the Star Wars camp in the months to come. Episode VII is currently slated for release on December 18, 2015.

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Game Of Thrones’ Gwendoline Christie May Be Officer Material In Star Wars: Episode VII

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BrienneEpisode VII rumors have been flying fast and furious in the days leading up to Comic-Con, with Badass Digest tossing out a ton of huge rumors revolving the plot and characters of J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Star Wars sequel. Now they’re at it again, this time offering up a new rumor and some speculation about who Game of Thrones actress Gwendoline Christie will be playing. If you’re trying to remain as unspoiled as possible, well, what are you still reading this for?

SPOILERS AHOY!

So, you remember Princess Leia’s crack about Luke being a little short for a stormtrooper? Well, apparently the Empire likes their COs tall as well, because now Badass Digest is claiming that the 6’3 Christie will be playing an antagonist in Episode VII, specifically one who’s pursuing John Boyega’s character, more specifically an Imperial officer of some sort. See, the recent round of rumors began with BD’s claim that the action in Ep VII would kick off with Boyega and Daisy Ridley’s characters coming across a severed hand clutching a lightsaber — a discovery that puts them on a path to meet Han Solo and Chewie, and eventually to take part in a search for Luke, who has been missing for most of the 30 years since Return of the Jedi.