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Star Wars: Episode VII’s Villain May Wield This Medieval Weapon

Star WarsJust because Star Wars: Episode VII has wrapped up principal photography, that doesn’t mean that we’re going to stop hearing news and reports and rumors floating around the airwaves from all different directions. We just won’t see any more set photos taken from planes circling overhead or from spy drones (seriously, that’s mind boggling). In fact, another one is making the rounds and claims to offer some details about a potential villain.

There are, this should be obvious by now, possible SPOILERS beyond this point. There’s nothing too specific, but if you’re trying to maintain the mystery, maybe you should do something else. Also, these are unofficial, unsubstantiated reports, so take them with a grain of salt.

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Star Wars 7: Read The Note J.J. Abrams Sent The Cast And Crew On Their Last Day

Star Wars: Episode VIISo apparently Star Wars: Episode VII has finished shooting, or at least wrapped up principal photography—odds are that, over the next year plus, there will be the need for some reshoots pick ups or things of that nature. But for now, that side of the film is done. There’s such a veil of secrecy covering the production, if you were involved, and someone said, “Oh yeah? Prove it,” you might not be able to. Until now. J.J. Abrams, Kathleen Kennedy, Bryan Burke, and the rest of the higher ups, sent this sweet note out to all of the members of the “extraordinary cast and crew.”

While this is just a nice little gesture (isn’t it always pleasant to get a touch of praise from your boss? Even if you hate your job it feels good to be recognized), like I said, part of the motivation for this is so that those involved have something to show off. A piece of the letter reads: “How lovely it would be if you had, in addition to your name on the screen, some actual, real, tangible proof that you were part of it! Here, then, is that proof.”

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Star Wars: Episode VII Filmed An Entire Action Scene In IMAX, Here’s Why

star warsStar Wars: Episode VII is going to be big in just about everyway a movie can be. It’s going to kick off the expansion of the revamped Star Wars universe with a big, sprawling story that may or may not contain some big surprises. And it’s going to be quite a big deal, not to mention one hell of a big force at the box office. In addition to all of that, it’s going to big movie that plays on big screens. While director J.J. Abrams is shooting the movie on actual 35mm film in order to capture the feel of the original, he’s also using IMAX from time to time. While it doesn’t sound like this will come into play all that much, at least one key action scene has been photographed in this big format.

IMAX cameras are known for being rather large, cumbersome, and heavy, not to mention the fact that they’re pricey and reportedly loud as all hell. In short, they’re a pain in the ass to shoot with, which is why most movies don’t use them, and why there aren’t many movies shot entirely in the format, despite how cool it looks. The fact that Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar contains a full hour of IMAX footage is impressive, but you have to imagine that this is primarily epic space shots, not the close in family drama.

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Star Wars: Episode VII Trailer Could Drop Sooner Than You Think, Get The Details Here

Star WarsWe won’t actually see Star Wars: Episode VII until December 18, 2015—we’ll just have to satisfy ourselves by gorging on Star Wars Rebels in the interim—but we might get our first look at the film by the end of the year. That is, aside from leaked concept art and set photos taken by aerial drones (we really do live in a world where movie sets are under siege by spy drones). Reports say that the first trailer for Episode VII may appear before the year is out and that it will feature new original music by none other than John Williams.

This news comes from John Williams Fan Network, which says that not only does the legendary Star Wars composer actually have the teaser trailer in his possession—probably with a heavily armed, Disney-funded private security force surrounding him at all times, even when he’s in the can—but he’s going to record the new music for it very soon. That’s good news, because as we all know, the best part of the prequels was Williams’ score.

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Star Wars: Episode VII Contains This Fun Nod To Han Solo’s Mischievous Ways

Han SoloIt’s no secret that Han Solo and Harrison Ford are both back for J.J. AbramsStar Wars: Episode VII. That’s about all we know for sure (except for that whole broken leg thing), but at least it’s something. We’ve heard rumors and unofficial reports about what he might be up to, but that’s all it is at this point. Still, if this latest bit of information has any truth to it, it could be a fun little nod to longtime fans of the franchise.

This may stray into SPOILER territory, so read on if you dare. It’s not huge, but you’ve been warned.

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Star Wars 7: Warwick Davis Is Officially Back, Watch Him Celebrate

As far as returning characters go in the expanding Star Wars universe, we know most of the ones that will be back. Darth Vader will pop up in Star Wars Rebels, and Luke, Han, Leia, Chewie, and most of the other big timers will appear in Star Wars: Episode VII. But as Disney develops the canon across a variety of platforms, you have to wonder about some of the more cursory personalities. Today we learned about one of these: Warwick Davis will appear in Episode VII.

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