When BB-8 rolled across the screen in the very first teaser for Star Wars: The Force Awakens we heard a couple of cute R2-D2-esque beeps which we assumed were BB-8's sound effects. We heard similar sound effects when BB-8 appeared on stage at Star Wars Celebration, but those sounds were reportedly temporary until Lucasfilm settled on BB-8's official “voice.” Thanks to a new LEGO commercial, we may have our best indicator of what the new droid sounds like in the finished film.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The other day we got a brief (but very effective) new teaser for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which featured John Boyega’s Finn wielding the lightsaber that once belonged to Anakin Skywalker (and later, to Luke). In keeping with the spirit of the marketing for The Force Awakens, one fan has cut a new trailer for The Empire Strikes Back in the style of the second trailer for the latest Star Wars film. The results are more nuanced than you might expect.
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Earlier today Lucasfilm dropped a new Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser on Instagram (which also showed off the app’s new widescreen capabilities), but lost amid all the excitement for the new footage were some new photos from the highly anticipated film. Lucasfilm has revealed two new set photos and a pretty outstanding magazine cover featuring your new favorite droid.
As both Comic-Con and D23 went by without a new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer we were left to wonder when exactly we’d see the next footage from the upcoming. Well, get ready. That time is now. “Have you felt it?”
Each trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens has offered plenty to dissect, and although we don’t know too much about several of the key players, fans are already figuring out which ones will be their favorites. Amid badass new characters like Kylo Ren, Finn, Rey and Captain Phasma, there’s one little co-star that stands out among its larger peers: BB-8. From the very first trailer we’ve been curious not only about who this droid is and what it does, but how J.J. Abrams & Co. brought it to life.
You may not be aware, but there’s a pretty big audience for “unboxing” videos on YouTube — these are videos in which fans open up boxes of toys, collector’s items and gaming systems and examine the finer points and details, as if they have opened the Ark of the Covenant and are beholding the wondrous secrets inside. In keeping with this weirdly popular trend, Lucasfilm has decided to officially unveil Star Wars: The Force Awakens products via a live unboxing event.
We’ve known for a long time that Star Wars: The Force Awakens would screen in IMAX theaters because director J.J. Abrams filmed one key sequence with IMAX cameras. But now, we’ve learned the full extent of Disney and Lucasfilm’s plans for large format presentation and it’s exactly what you’d expect from a studio that has the most popular movie franchise on the planet and the power to do whatever it wants with it. The new Star Wars movie has booked pretty much every IMAX screen in the world for four weeks. Everyone with the desire to see this movie on the biggest movie screens in the world now has plenty of time to do so.
The Star Wars movies have always been very straightforward tales of good versus evil, of light versus dark, of plucky young farm boys versus cyborgs and old men with electricity powers. Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of Star Wars: The Force Awakens is how it looks to reinvent this dynamic. The bad guys aren’t so easily defined this time around. At least that’s what director J.J. Abrams keeps on telling us.
Where does Star Wars fandom stand on Kylo Ren’s crazy hilted lightsaber at this point? That question is purely rhetorical, but much of the conversation surrounding Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been all about Adam Driver’s mysterious villain and his unique weapon. We ask because the latest still from J.J. Abrams’ upcoming film showcases this controversial weapon in all its glory and, to be perfectly honest, we’re pretty much used to it at this point.