Movies, Star Wars: The Force Awakens

According to this article, Daisy and Kathleen Kennedy will visit Japan on April 30, to attend the “Kick Off Meeting” event starting the ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ promo tour. The event will be held in TOHO Cinemas and it will include The Force Awakens’s first official press conference and a special footage screening. Press from other countries will also attend the event.

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With the dropping of The Force Awaken’s second trailer, hype for the movie is reaching an all time high. Even with more than seven months to go, we’re feeling the pangs of nostalgia and wonder associated with the Original Trilogy. Even so, we know precious little about the new films. However, given the new pieces of information from Star Wars Celebration Anaheim and the new trailer, we can start to piece together parts of the new films and their players.

So, what do we know about Rey?
First and foremost, we know that Rey is a self sufficient scavenger on the planet Jakku according to rumors and Daisy Ridley’s own words on Thursday’s Force Awakens panel. She’s clearly good with technology, judging from her riding a speeder that appears to be converted from a starship engine. It’s very likely she’s been salvaging wrecks from the Battle of Jakku her whole life and converting them to meet her needs.

There was also a rumor that she’s converted the empty husk of a fallen AT-AT into a dwelling that seems to be confirmed by a behind the scenes set photo released on Thursday. If you look closely at the picture below, Ridley is clearly standing on the fallen leg of an AT-AT.

Do we know anything else about her?
Well, this is where it gets tricky. Based on what we know of the films, we always have a humble protagonist living in the hind end of space (usually a dusty hind end at that) with mysterious family roots who rises to meet a great destiny. With Anakin Skywalker, he was a slave boy on Tatooine who happened to be conceived by the Force. Luke Skywalker was a moisture farmer who also happened to be the hidden son of a Clone Wars hero and fallen Jedi Knight.

If the Sequel Trilogy wants to follow the formula (and they may well choose not to), it wouldn’t be a surprise if Rey had ties to characters to the past.

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BBC – Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy talks The Force Awakens and British talent at Star Wars Convention

It’s the final few hours of the official Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, California. Kathleen Kennedy, the President of Lucasfilm and one of the producers of the eagerly awaited The Force Awakens is reflecting on the unprecedented reaction to the film’s latest teaser trailer, unveiled to fans at the start of the convention.
“It was staggering,” she says. “When Harrison [Ford who plays Han Solo] and Chewie come on screen and he says ‘Chewie, we’re home!’ and the entire room of almost eight thousand people just leapt to their feet and roared, I mean I can’t think of anything I’ve ever been to – other than a rock concert – that felt quite like that.”

Search for new stars
The level of expectation surrounding the film is huge, partly because it sees the return to a galaxy far, far away of not just Harrison Ford’s Han Solo, but also Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker and Carrie Fisher’s Princess Leia. It’s been more than thirty years since the three last appeared in a Star Wars movie together.

But there’s a new trio at the core of this sequel to 1983’s Return of the Jedi. Oscar Isaac who plays Resistance pilot Poe Dameron. And two young British actors, Daisy Ridley (Rey) and John Boyega (Finn).

They were introduced to deafening cheers and applause at the same Celebration event where the teaser was premiered. An early indication of how this film is likely to change both their lives. “[It’s] a journey no-one can prepare either one of them for,” admits Kennedy. “I think so far they’ve handled it great.”

Both Brits were cast after an extensive process that included traditional auditioning of young actors as well as a series of open casting calls that attracted tens of thousands of hopefuls.

“Daisy Ridley was a product of a massive search that we went on for months and months and months. But when she came into the room I would say almost instantaneously she just lit up and was so obviously the right person that we were looking for. She really claimed the role.

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THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams kicked off the Star Wars Celebration Anaheim event Thursday with a lively panel about the upcoming film.

Many of the castmembers took the stage, and new, never-before-seen photos from set were revealed in front of a crowd of thousands before a brand-new teaser was unveiled. The teaser featured the first look at original castmember Harrison Ford, who reprises his role in the new film. “Chewie, we’re home,” he says in the final moment of the preview.

During the presentation, Kennedy and Abrams started at the beginning, talking about how they first became involved in the Lucasfilm and Disney project.

“As any of you can imagine, it is an incredibly daunting task,” Kennedy told the crowd, adding that her experience on the Indiana Jones movies and others helped her prepare for the job.

Abrams revealed that he initially turned down the job of helming the first new Star Wars film. He had wanted to break away from sequels and franchises. But then he sat down with Kennedy. “In having a conversation with you, it was impossible to say no,” Abrams said to Kennedy.

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New images from ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ have been revealed yesterday during the panel at the Star Wars Celebration and you can now find them in our gallery!

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Movies, Star Wars: The Force Awakens

MOVIEPILOT – Now, when it comes to the swirling galaxy of rumors that currently surrounds Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, it’s been pretty tricky to keep track of just what we’re reportedly set to see in the upcoming pants-wettingly-exciting movie.

There have, after all, been so many rumors – often conflicting ones – that even beginning to pull them together into a coherent idea of what we’ll see is a pretty darned monumental task – especially since we have no way of knowing if any of them are even true.

Except, of course, for that fact that…

J.J. Abrams Totally Just Confirmed That Some of the Star Wars Episode VII Rumors are True.

That’s right – while speaking at the Irish Oscar Wilde awards in Los Angeles, Abrams, Abrams revealed to the BBC that some of the widely-circulating rumors regarding the film’s plot are indeed true. The only problem? He didn’t specify which ones…

“There are a ton of rumours – some true, some false. But I’m grateful for everyone who would want to read a spoiler because it means that they care and want to see the movie…I know what it feels like, as an enormous Star Wars fan myself.”

And, so, because that level of complete and utter uncertainty is inevitably going to lead to a major disturbance in the force (of will it takes to patiently wait until December 18 arrives), here are Moviepilot’s best guesses as to just which rumors J.J. is implying are true, and which ones are way, way out there.

So, we reckon…

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Two more behind the scenes pictures from 2013 short film’s ‘Blue Season’ with Daisy have been added to the gallery. Make sure to check them out!

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