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See The Millennium Falcon’s First Close-Up Shot From The Force Awakens

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Part of the draw in watching tentpole flicks like the Fast & Furious franchise or James Bond and Batman films, is seeing how much more ridiculous and advanced the vehicles get in each successive feature. Star Wars fans, however, are much more likely to get excited when things stay almost exactly the same as they were. Exhibit A: The first close-up shot of the “new” Millennium Falcon for J.J. Abrams Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Bow down to its retro-future beauty.

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Star Wars: Episode VII Built The Millennium Falcon, Check It Out For Yourself

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millennium falconIt’s no secret that the Millennium Falcon is going to be in Star Wars: Episode VII. We don’t know much about the plot or the story or who the main actors are going to play, but we’re certain we’ll the see the old bucket of bolts in some capacity. It could be mothballed and sitting in an intergalactic junkyard, but it will be there. We’ve seen photos of it being constructed, heard rumors as to who may be piloting the old girl, and Kevin Smith can’t shut up about what it was like to stand on the set. And now some new pictures have surfaced showing another side of the classic craft, as well as another fan favorite vehicle.

A photojournalist, and pilot, for the BBC named Matthew Myatt was out flying around and spotted something interesting on the ground and was able to snap a few photos. Which you can see after the jump.

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J.J. Abrams Downplays Millennium Falcon Rumors (While Inside Millennium Falcon)

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Director J.J. Abrams’ penchant for secrecy is well established at this point. And honestly, I admire him for trying to keep some of his secrets secret until they hit the screen. Sometimes it gets a little silly, however, as seen during the months-long, ridiculous campaign of denial about the whole Benedict Cumberbatch/Khan thing — it was a secret that didn’t really add anything for new Trek fans who weren’t as familiar with the character’s history, and for those who were, it was obvious what was coming long before Star Trek Into Darkness hit theaters. Well, perhaps Abrams learned a few things from that experience, because he just gave the perfect response to the glut of set pictures leaking from Star Wars: Episode VII. Check out the tweet from Abrams’ Bad Robot up top.

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The Millennium Falcon Is Already Finished For Star Wars: Episode VII

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The Falcon!While Kathleen Kennedy and J.J. Abrams are on the search to find the new fresh faces for Star Wars: Episode VII, their production crew is busy building new sets to bring the movie to life. Although Harrison Ford’s participation isn’t official, it looks like Han Solo’s spaceship is ready for its close up.

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Grand Theft Auto IV Mod Lets You Fly Around Liberty City In The Millennium Falcon

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The Grand Theft Auto games may not take place a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, but they generally do unfold in wretched hives of scum and villainy. Players also get to step into the shoes of morally grey characters who operate outside the bounds of the law. But the one thing Star Wars still had over Grand Theft Auto was the fact that the game didn’t let you zip around Liberty City in the Millennium Falcon. Challenge accepted!

A chap named Emad Tavakoli has put together a GTA IV mod that does just that. It replaces the game’s Annihilator helicopter with a recreation of Han Solo’s iconic ship. If you’re a fan of the game, you can download the mod from GTA4-Mods.

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Underwater Millennium Falcon Formation Continues To Puzzle Divers

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You may remember a year or so back when a deep-sea salvage company discovered something odd at the bottom of the Baltic sea. The team from OceanX jokingly described the object as a UFO, but once the story went viral, many commented on the fact that it kind of looked like the Millennium Falcon. Using side-scan sonar, the object was discovered to be 60 meters in diameter, with a “rigid tail 400 meters long.” Earlier this month divers descended the nearly 300 feet below the surface to photograph the anomaly, and despite a first-hand look and bringing up samples for analysis, they have returned with more questions than answers. You can watch a news report with footage and photos of the expedition below, unfortunately all in Swedish.