Earlier this year, director J.J. Abrams along with Disney reached out to ‘Star Wars’ fans asking for donations for UNICEF. Every person who donated was entered into a special drawing to visit the set and have a small role in ‘The Force Awakens.’ The fundraising effort was a huge success, and now Abrams—along with the cast and crew—has delivered a new “thank you” video, featuring a couple of particularly special old friends.
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ScreenCrush’s WookieLeaks is a weekly roundup of everything ‘Star Wars’! From ‘Episode 7,’ to the upcoming spinoffs and the TV shows, if it pertains to that long ago, far away galaxy, we’re covering it here, bringing you our expert analysis. This week, ponder who Andy Serkis is playing, learn the possible identity of Captain Phasma, and watch a special video starring Chewbacca.
Did you know that in 'Empire Strikes Back' they used potatoes to stand-in for asteroids? Or, that Sir Alec Guinness was paid millions of dollars for five hours of work as Obi-Wan Kenobi? Well, now you can test your 'Star Wars' knowledge with the latest entry in our video series "You Think You Know Movies?"
When the first teaser trailer for ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ hit the Internet, no one could have predicted that so much attention would be focused on whose voice was actually narrating the trailer. Arguments between journalists and fans alike permeated the discussion around the teaser before it was ultimately confirmed that yes, that was totally Andy Serkis’ voice. Following that whole ordeal came rumors that Serkis would be playing not one, but two characters in the film, similar to the work he provided on ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’—but now the actor has spoken up to clarify his role in ‘The Force Awakens.’
Last week saw the official announcement of some of the new 'Star Wars: Episode 7' characters' names. There was Kylo Ren, Finn, Rey, BB-8, and who could forget Poe Dameron. But, there's one more new 'Star Wars' character whose name has been revealed and if you thought "Kylo Ren" sounded silly, wait until you hear this: Captain Phasma.
If you’re appearing in a new ‘Star Wars’ movie and you sit down for an interview about anything else, chances are pretty high that the interviewer is going to have lots of questions about your return to a beloved franchise. And that’s exactly what happened when Mark Hamill sat down for a new interview about the upcoming ‘Elf’ musical TV special. After answering questions about his voice role in the new animated TV film, Luke Skywalker himself opened up about his absence from the first trailer for ‘The Force Awakens,’ his “contractually obligated” beard, and how that adorable little droid named BB-8 is actually a practical effect.
ScreenCrush’s WookieLeaks is a weekly roundup of everything 'Star Wars'! From 'Episode 7,' to the upcoming spinoffs and the TV shows, if it pertains to that long ago, far away galaxy, we’re covering it here, bringing you our expert analysis. This week, the names of three new characters are revealed, George Lucas reveals that he doesn’t really care about the new trailer, and the identity of the new villain is debated.
All right so now we know the names of five of the big characters in ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens.’ John Boyega is Finn, Daisy Ridley is Rey, Oscar Isaac is Poe Dameron, and the mystery villain with the crazy cool lightsaber is Kylo Ren. Plus the ball droid that’s such a roly-poly scene-stealer in the film’s first trailer is named BB-8.
J.J. Abrams is famous for keeping secrets. His whole schtick as a director is the “mystery box”—finding pleasure in the unknown, and in the tease of that uncertainty. He didn’t show the monster in the trailer for ‘Cloverfield’; hell he didn’t even show the title of the movie in the trailer for ‘Cloverfield.’ If J.J. Abrams could release a movie without telling you anything about it, he probably would.
When Disney bought the rights to ‘Star Wars’ for $4 billion, they weren’t just buying the right to make new movies. Oh, no. They were buying the rights to a merchandising empire that makes the GDP of some nations weep. The upcoming ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ is just step one in a massive grand plan, a plan that involves Disney’s beloved theme parks. Just don’t expect them to look into the past with these new rides and attractions. According to a new interview with Disney CEO Bob Iger, the new ‘Star Wars’ stuff coming to Disney parks will be based on the new movies.