Dec 30, 2014

George Lucas was so busy doing Star Wars duties he actually didn't remember his film had opened!

george lucas young

George Lucas was so involved with production duties for the international versions of Star Wars that he forgot that his film had actually been released on the day it was! He's how he described that day which pretty much changed the movie business forever.

"I was mixing sound on foreign versions of the film the day it opened here. I had been working so hard that, truthfully, I forgot the film was being released that day.

My wife was mixing New York, New York at night at the same place we were mixing during the day, so at 6:00 she came in for the night shift just as I was leaving on the day shift. So we ran off across the street from the Chinese Theatre and there was a huge line around the block.

I said, 'What's that?' I had forgotten completely, and I really couldn't believe it."

That's pretty crazy really. How one can forget that the movie one has spent the last 4 - 5 years making is being released in theaters that day? It perhaps does give some insight into how the man works - all work and no play!

Source: The Secret History of Star Wars

Dec 21, 2014

Chewbacca spotted in the wild!

As part of a thank you to all those who contributed to the Force for Change project, JJ abrams snuck in everyone's favourite Wookie giving us a friendly growl!

I'm assuming it's Chewbacca because of the bandoleer across the arm.

Dec 16, 2014

Captain Phasma quotes from The Force Awakens

captain phasma force awakens

Captain Phasma quotes from The Force Awakens

Captain Phasma, known as the 'Chrome Stormtrooper' by many fans is the hand of the First Empire. They are effectively the 'second' bad guy after Kylo Ren. Phasma is played by Gwendoline Christie, famous for her role in Game of Thrones.


“Move to your ships, now.”.

“On my command… ”

“Fire FN2187.”

“Submit your blaster for inspection.”

At a key point on the Star Killer base, Finn, Han and Chewie are trying to bring down the shields when they run into Captain Phasma and the two following conversations occur:

Finn: You remember me?
Captain Phasma: FN-2187.
Finn: Not anymore. The name's Finn and I'm in charge. I'm in charge now, Phasma! I'm in charge!
Han Solo: [to Finn] Bring it down. Bring it down.

Captain Phasma: You can't be so stupid as to think this will be easy. My troops will storm this block and kill you all.
Finn: I disagree. What do we do with her?
Han Solo: Is there a garbage chute? Trash compactor?
Finn: Yeah, there is!

Dec 14, 2014

When the dust wind turns...

stormtroopers prepare for battle card

I'm currently reading the short story collection Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina for the first time. It's a good read and perhaps more consistent than Tales of the Bounty Hunter was.

I just finished a story that might have served as some inspiration for the character of Finn in The Force Awakens.

In the teaser trailer. Finn is the storm trooper that now famously  jumped up into the screen shot in the trailer. He appears to be a stormtrooper and he appears to be in a spot of bother. Is he on the run?

Internet scuttlebutt suggests that Finn's character has decided he doesn't want to be a Trooper any more after apparently being ordered to burn down a village.

Enter a short story called 'When the dust wind turns, a Stormtroopers tale'. The protagonist is a newish recruit who comes to realise serving the Emperor is not for him and after murdering his Captain in a firefight with Han Solo during the escape sequence on Mos Eisley, he resolves to become a spy for the Rebels.

If the rumours of Finn's character development are true one can only wonder how this short story may have helped inspired it. 

This author is not hugely well read in the Star Wars expanded universe - are there any other tales out there of stormtroopers who have defected to the Rebels? 

Sony email leak gives credence to Han Solo dying theory!

The merits of commenting on a stolen email aside, here's an interesting piece of writing from Production for Columbia Pictures Michael De Luca discussing Disney's Star Wars with Sony Pictures Entertainment co-Chairman Amy Pascal who will now be infamously entangled in the hacked emails leak.

"Star Wars: Any studio would have lost josh trank and rian Johnson to this, it's freaking Star Wars. Your After Earth writer Gary Whitta is writing Gareth Edwards stand alone Star Wars film. Simon Kinberg is writing Josh Tranks. No one knows what they're about but Boba Fett is rumored to be the subject of one. Rian Johnson as you know is doing the main ones, episodes 8 and 9 of the Luke and Leia story lines, after JJ. Not sure anything is gained by looking at what Lucasfilm is doing except we are stalking all these people too, except Whitta whom I think blows.”

If you've been lurking around you may have read my theory that I think Han Solo dies in The Force Awakens - my reasoning is that this gig is a one picture deal for Ford so he can get another Indiana Jones film made.  

The reference to films 8 and 9 being "Luke and Leia story lines" seems quite telling. If we presume that De Luca is truly in the know, he would have said if Han was a major factor. If we make an a priori deduction, Han isn't featured and thus is dead! 

Maybe this is a bit of a stretch but time will tell.

Dec 11, 2014

Finn / Stormtrooper FN-2187 quotes from The Force Awakens by John Boyega

John Boyega picture from The Force Awakens
Finn quotes from The Force Awakens

Finn is one of the new protagonists for the new Star Wars trilogy. His character is a Storm Trooper that rejects his place with the First Order, only to have to confront it when he comes into contact with Rey and Poe Dameron, a Resistance X-Wing pilot.

Originally known only as the Stormtrooper designation of 'FN-2187', he was re-named Finn by captured pilot Poe Dameron during their daring escape from Kylo Ren's command ship.

Boyega proved to be quite the actor, pulling off both earnest and comedic qualities very well for some great laughs and a heroic effort against Kylo Ren with Luke's saber.

Finn's quotes from The Force Awakens:

"I was raised to do one thing. But I've got nothing to fight for."
"You don't know a thing about me, what I've seen. We all need to run!"
To Captain Phasma "The name's Finn and I'm in charge now"
"I never should have rescued you!"
"Listen, I've had a pretty messed up day!"
"We go back to Jakku, we die"
"Stay low and put up the shields"
"We need cover, quick!"
"I don't know what to do!"
"Are we really doing this?"
"I'm getting pretty good at this!" - said as Finn shoots down another TIE fighter whilst in the gunner seat on the Millenium Falcon as he and Rey are trying to escape Jakku.
"I'm a Big Deal in the resistance."

Han Solo: "Are you sure you're up for this?"
Finn "hell no"

Finn: asking about what they should do with Captain Phasma - What should we do with her?
Han Solo: Is there a garage chute... or trash compactor?

Finn: What about that ship?
Rey: That one's garbage
Running to a ship as it is blown up by a Tie Fighter
Finn: The garbage will do!

The garbage turns out to be the Millennium Falcon! The fast hunk of junk in the galaxy!

Want more quotes from The Force Awakens? Check out what Han Solo and Kylo Ren had to say.

Poe Dameron quotes from The Force Awakens

Poe Dameron quotes from The Force Awakens

Poe is played by actor Oscar Issac and appears to be in line to play the 'Han Solo' character of the new Star Wars trilogy. Not much detail has leaked around his role yet but it's rumored that he gets captured along with Finn which requires a dramatic rescue!

From the second teaser trailer:


"We've got company" So says Poe to Lor San Sekka when the First Order arrive.

“So who talks first? You talk first? I talk first?”
"The Resistance Will Not Be Intimidated." So says a staunch Poe to the mind reading Kylo Ren. His failure to withstand Kylo's mind probing is a set up so that when Kylo fails to get an advantage over Rey, it's more impressive.

"Red squad blue squad take my lead" - Poe leading the X -Wing Squadron as they assault the Takodona base.

"All teams, give it everything you've got!"

"We got a lot of company!" as he's piloting an X-Wing in a battle. "All right, let's light it up"

Finn during his rescue of Poe on board Kylo Ren's ship.

Poe "Why Are You Helping Me?"
Finn "Because It's The Right Thing To Do."
Poe "...You Need A Pilot."
Finn: "I Need A Pilot."

Rey quotes from The Force Awakens

Rey Solo (!) quotes from The Force Awakens

Rey is the breakout star of the Force Awakens. A strong, indepedent lass, she has no problems footing it with the big guys in terms of sass, wit and demonstrating her prowess with a staff or lightsaber. She is quite the quotable character.

Rey is considered to be the new Princess Leia for the new trilogy of Star Wars films, however she's more of a physical fighter than Leia ever was. Which is not to suggest any weakness on Leia's part, just that she's fought a light saber duel and Leia has not!

Rey quotes from The Force Awakens

"I am no-one"

“You’ll never be as powerful as Darth Vader.”

Where do you come from? To BB-8 on Jakku.

BB-8 replies with his unique phrasing,

"Classified? me too"

"I know all about waiting. "

BB-8 asks for what. Rey replies "For family"

An exasperated Rey says to Finn "Stop taking my hand!"

To an as yet not introduced Finn: "I don't know your name"

While she's flying the Falcon "BB-8 hold on!" - He doesn't.

As Finn and Rey flee the Storm Trooper attack:

Finn "We can't out run them!"

Rey "We might, in that quad jumper"

Finn "We need a pilot"

Rey "We've got one!"

To which a TIE Fighter destroys the quad jumper before their eyes.

Finn: 'what about that ship?'

Finn points off screen to his right

Rey: 'that ship is garbage!'

The ship they were running to explodes

Rey: 'garbage will do!'

This is the moment the Falcon is revealed as its a great Ray quote, a fan favorite and one which every laughed at the first time they saw The Force Awakens..

Han Solo as he offers Rey his pistol:"You might need this"
Rey: "I  think I can handle myself:
Han Solo: "That's why I'm giving it to you!"

Which as noted in the comments below, that's quite the exchange as Han Solo is making a judgement about her abilities and that she actually NEEDS the gun. Whether he's right or wrong about that is up for debate.

Rey had a great exchange with a Stormtrooper that was guarding her. The cool secret about this scene was that James Bond himself played the part of JB-007 - it was Craig Daniel under the helmet!

Rey: You will remove these restraints and leave this cell with the door open.

Stormtrooper: What did you say?

Rey: You will remove these restraints and leave this cell with the door open.

Stormtrooper: I will tighten these restraints, scavenger scum!

Rey: You will remove these restraints and leave this cell with the door open.

Stormtrooper: I will remove these restraints and leave this cell with the door open.

JB-007 leaves and Rey chances her arm once more:

Rey: You will drop your weapon.

Stormtrooper: annnnddddd I will drop my weapon.

Rey as she remembers something while dueling with Kylo Ren "The Force".

Rey to Finn as he lies in a coma following his beating he took from Kylo Ren:

"We'll See Each Other Again. I Believe That."

Kylo Ren quotes from The Force Awakens

Force Awakens quotes by Kylo Ren

Kylo Ren quotes from The Force Awakens

First unleashed to the Star Wars universe in The Force in Awakens, the evil Kylo Ren is played by actor Adam Driver.

He is not a Sith Lord but is part of the the Knights of Ren, taking orders and guidance from the First Order's Supreme Leader Snoke.

His real name is Ben Solo, the son of Han Solo and Leia Organa - making him part of the Skywalker lineage.

His dialogue during The Force Awakens was at times quite funny.

Kylo Ren Quotes:
  • "I will fulfill our Destiny"
  • "Nothing will stand in our way. I will finish what you started".
  • "I'll show them the power of the darkness"
  • "Forgive me. I feel it again... the call from light. Supreme Leader senses it. Show me again the power of the darkness, and I'll let nothing stand in our way. Show me, grandfather, and I will finish what you started." Kylo says this to Darth Vader's disfigured head gear that Luke burnt at the end of Return of the Jedi. 
  • "The droid... stole a freighter?"
  • "No one will stand in our way"
  • "I've been waiting for this for a long time"
  • "That weapon is mine!"
  • "Don't be afraid"
  • "I feel it too"
  • "Don't fight know you can't"
  • "Show Me Again, Grandfather, And I Will Finish What You Started."
  • "I know what I must do. I don't know if I'm strong enough to do it. Will you help me?" to his father, Han Solo just before he stabs him through the chest.

Han Solo as he walks up to Kylo on the bridge yells "BEN!" and Kylo responds with "Han Solo"

Want more quotes from The Force Awakens? Here's what Finn had to say, what Han Solo said and what Princess Leia chipped in with. And let's not forget Kylo's Last Jedi lines.

Dec 8, 2014

Three generations from a galaxy far away....


Kira Solo quotes from The Force Awakens

Update: This character is officially called Rey.

Kira Solo quotes from The Force Awakens

Kira is the rumoured name for Daisy Ridley's character in Star Wars The Force Awakens - internet scuttlebut suggests that Kira is the child of Han Solo and Princess Leia Organna.

Kira is quite likely just a code name for the character so don't eat your hat just yet.

Dec 5, 2014

Ren's red broadsword is the equivalent of Chekov's gun so everyone should sit back and relax and let what will happen, happen

sith broadsword saber

Everyone has had something to say about the red broadsword lightsaber that featured in the Force Awakens. I had an idea and I thought it was worth writing down.

The saber is the equivalent of Chekov's gun.

Anton Chekov wrote that an author had to "Remove everything that has no relevance to the story. If you say in the first chapter that there is a rifle hanging on the wall, in the second or third chapter it absolutely must go off. If it's not going to be fired, it shouldn't be hanging there."

What this means in terms of the broad sword is that its a deliberate action for it to be in the film and in the teaser trailer. It's not there for some cosmetic effect or as an exhaust as some have suggested, it's there as a broad sword - and that means its functionality will play a part in The Force Awakens.

Forget that it could be chopped off and rendered useless as many have suggested. Kasdan and Abrams are not that stupid, nor is Lucas who has been keeping an eye on things behind the scenes as a creative consultant.

This writer wonders about a more different question regarding the sabers in the new film - will they add to or debunk the theory that the Star Wars movies are inversely as good as the number of times a lightsaber is ignited.

Dec 3, 2014

Opuchi Andy Serkis quotes from The Force Awakens

Update: This character turned out to be called Supreme Leader Snoke

Opuchi - Andy Serkis - quotes from The Force Awakens

This is a place holder post - the name of Serkis' character is merely rumoured at this stage - code name is apparently Uber.

Nov 30, 2014

BB-8 - They see me rollin', they hear me going beep bop blurp beep....

Now that glow (and what a wondrous glow it was) of The Force Awakens’ teaser trailer has begun to dissipate, it’s time to explore things in more detail – but that’s for other people - I just wanted to point out some of the inspiration for the cute little rolling ball robot that featured ever so briefly, BB-8:

BB-8 robot force awakens
They see me rollin'
The internet was quick to suggest where the inspiration for the lil dude or dudette came from – the mind of Ralph McQuarrie – being the original concept artist / designer that George Lucas employed to bring his words to life by way of drawings.

early R2d2 concept idea
Here’s an initial sketch of what could have become R2D2 and has duly become a part of The Force Awakens (just like the series Rebels has been doing). 

You'll note the roller ball at the base of the draft sketch - it's clearly an inspiration. 

You can see how the top is very similar to the traditional R Type Mech droids we have been used to seeing over the years. 

What's an astromech you ask? The official Star Wars site says:

"Astromech droids are a series of versatile utility robots generally used for the maintenance and repair of starships and related technology. These small droids are often equipped with a variety of tool-tipped appendages that are stowed in recessed compartments. The R2 unit is a popular example of an astromech droid."

You might say this has been done before in the form of Eva from Wall-e - that's true in a sense but remember Star Wars did it first with the Droideka units in The Phantom Menace who rolled about....

And if you wondered how this draft design of an R unit became transformed into what we know and love as the R2D2 droid, check out this very early concept art which was considered pivotal by George Lucas in convincing Fox Studios to back production of the very first Star Wars movie:

Nov 29, 2014

Unkar Plutt quotes from The Force Awakens

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Unkar Plutt quotes from The Force Awakens

Unkar Plutt is a minor character that can be found in Star Wars: The Force Awakens but his character is quite notable for whom is playing him.

That being the very famous Star Wars prequel hater Simon Pegg.

Pegg is also well known for Shawn of the Dead, Mission Impossible and a small film called Star Trek - he was able to use his leverage with JJ Abrams to get the small role by dint of their Star Trek relationship.

As for the actual character!

“One-quarter portion…” so says Plutt to Ray during their negotiation and thus usurping him as being a more mean wheeler and dealer that Watto.

"Quiet girl" - so says Unkar to the young Rey in the flashback sequence.

Nov 28, 2014

Storm Troopers still can't shoot properly...

Is this just the prettiest thing? Yes, that's the Falcon dog fighting with Tie Fighters, seemingly over the desert of Tatooine!

Nov 25, 2014

'Episode II was a decrease to da series' as decreed by Brian Delaney, Star Wars fan.

We were amused to spy this comment on G+. We think the author was trying to suggest that Episode II: Attack of the Clones was a disgrace to the Star Wars franchise.

Was it? We’ve covered how the haters are gonna hate like Brian here and yes, it is part of the prequel trilogy, a much maligned set of films. 

But we thought we should cover off four areas of what we think there is to love about Attack of the Clones and address some of the parts which do let the site down just a tad. Just a tad....

1. Yoda turns out to be a total bad ass.

I dunno about you, but in the theatre where I saw Attack of the Clones people began cheering when Yoda and Count Dooku started to battle. Yoda was flipping around and using the Force like he invented it. This was great spectacle and showing Yoda in this light increased his standing in the Star Wars realm amongst fans. The prequels are great because they showed how great a Jedi the little green guy was.

Nov 24, 2014

The very best Star Wars movie quotes from the best characters

The very best Star Wars movie quotes from the best characters

The very best Star Wars movie quotes from the best characters

One of the best things about the Star Wars films is that they are so quotable – the lines and phrases have become part of pop culture across so many realms – Yoda’s altered sentence structures, Han’ call it like it is quips and Luke’s bright eyed innocence about wanting to go to Toche Station have made the films live on.

From upstanding Jedi to fallen  Sith, precious princesses to bickering robots, here’s what we think are the best quotes of the major characters are from six motion picture films of the Star Wars franchise. 

Yoda, the meanest greenest Jedi ever known
  • “You must unlearn what you have learned.”  - Some say you can't teach an old dog new tricks. Yoda seemed to think he Luke could with Luke and ultimately he was proven right. 
  • “Do or do not. There is no try.” - This pretty much sums up the whole of Luke's efforts in Empire
  • “Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering. I sense much fear in you." - A line from Phantom Menance where Yoda is basically outlining what will happen to Anakin Skywalker and the consequences his fear will have for himself, all those around him and beyond.
  • "When nine hundred years old you reach, look as good, you will not, hmmm?”  - Yoda has a joke with Luke and then he dies....
  • "No, there is another." As Obi Wan Kenobi laments Luke possibly failing and being the last hope, Yoda through into the mix that there was another hope. 

Nov 18, 2014

Bodhi Rook quotes by Riz Ahmed from Star Wars: Rogue One

Bodhi Rook quotes from Star Wars

Played by Riz Ahmed, who was argubably best known for his role in Nightcrawler before this appearance in Rogue One.

Bodhi Rook is part of the squad lead by Felicity Jones' character, Jyn Erso. He's a Rebel pilot who defected from the Empire as part of a mission Galen Erso sent him on.


This is Rogue, Rogue One.

This is for you, Galen.

Nov 17, 2014

Yoda's Akiro Kurosawa reference in Revenge of the Sith

Yoda Seven Samurai reference

Revenge of the Sith featured a very cool reference to one of the films by a Japanese director that inspired the original Star Wars film.

We have mentioned before how Akira Kurosawa’s The Hidden Fortress was a major influence on George Lucas.

It’s no surprise then that Lucas deftly slipped in a visual reference to AkiraKurosawa’s famous Seven Samurai film.

As Yoda rides in a gunship, he runs his hand over his head, sadly pondering how has Jedi Council's request of Anakin to spy on Palpatine has riled Anakin. This mimics Kambei Shimada’s motion in the Seven Samurai. 

Pretty cool when you know to look for it! 

Nov 16, 2014

What was the working title for The Force Awakens?

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2nd Unit film canister of Avco

The working title of The Force Awakens was:


This production title was named after  a Los Angeles cinema that showed Star Wars which in itself is not hugely notable except for two points:

  • Avco was one of only four cinemas who fitted Lucasfilm’s THX sound system for the film.
  • It was the cinema that the young JJ Abrams first saw the Star Wars.

So there you go, not quite as cool as the story of Blue Harvest but quite the bit of trivia none-the-less.

Nov 10, 2014

Han Solo will die in A Force Awakens!

That’s our prediction any way - here’s the rationale.

Actor Harrison Ford has never been hugely fussed with Star Wars and is on record in a few interviews as being a bit bemused by everything and its success. He is also well noted thinking of himself as being more Indiana Jones than Han Solo.

With this seeming reluctance to play Han Solo in yet another Star Wars film, he agreed to take part in A Force Awakens so that he could contractually get a new Indianna Jones movie into production. Let’s assume this was a one time deal in that this will be Ford’s last Star Wars appearance ever – so in order for JJ’s The Force Awakens to take full advantage of the fact that Han Solo won’t be in any future Star Wars films, the script has been written so that Solo goes out.

So that’s the ‘real reason why’ Han will die.

But what about the story telling reason?

In terms of story telling, The Force Awakens is a hand over. The major characters from the original trilogy are passing the torch to the new, much younger actors who will carry the next 2 films of the trilogy (not to forget potential roles in the cross over films). 

If the story of film is truly about a hand over, why not have Han Solo die in the most glorious way as he saves everybody and in doing so passes his own torch to his child who will go on to have many wonderful space adventures. Everyone suspects he will have married Leia and their child will be Force sensitive so the hand over goes that way (Kira?)

Another idea why - from a certain point of view, A New Hope hinged on the death of Obi Wan Kenobi. His sacrifice (of a sort) helped Luke and Leia escape from Tarkin and Vader’s clutches. The Force Awakens needs such a moment, and Han Solo is the perfect candidate for it.

Of course his death should be so heroic and so noble it will be up there with movie deaths such as Spock in Wrath of Khan, Damien Karass in The Exorcist, Harry Stamper in Armageddon and let’s not forget the death of Obi Wan at the hands of his former apprentice in A New Hope.

Here’s hoping any way.

Nov 7, 2014

A Stars Wars fan actually predicted The Force Awakens title a few years ago

Reddit pointed out an interesting post of a forum from 2012. For shits and giggles people were punting up names for Episode VI - things like Han and Chewies' Excellent Adventure (which would have been totally bogus) and then this happened:

Which is kind of cool really given the news!

The forum poster was contacted and had this to say:

"Ultimately this was a random guess. No inside info or connection to Lucas. But to me it seemed logical that the first movie in this trilogy would need to address the force. I'm a believer that the movie titles in each trilogy closely relate and I suspect this will carry over for the ST. So I knew it was going to be 3 words, and the force. I also know that the wording would be vague/ambiguous/old fashioned like all the other six movie titles."

Nov 6, 2014

Han Solo quotes from The Force Awakens

Han Solo quotes from  Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Many, if not most, Star Wars fans were thrilled to learn that Harrison Ford was returning as everyone's favourite spice smuggler, Han Solo in The Force Awakens.

An immensely quotable character, his "I know" to Leia when facing death in Empire is the stuff of movie legend.

Here's Han Solo's best quotes and lines of dialogue from Star Wars - The Force Awakens.

"Chewie, we're home."

Rey: "You're Han Solo?" 
Solo "I Used To Be."

When asked by Rey about the stories that happened, Han replies, "It's true. All of it. The dark side. The Jedi. They're real".

To Finn "Women Always Figure Out The Truth. Always."

“Tell that to Kanjiklub.” (actually Han didn't say this but it feels like he did....)

Han Solo: "Are you sure you're up for this?"
Finn "hell no"

Han Solo as he offers Rey his pistol "You might need this"
Rey: "I can handle myself:
Han Solo: "That's why I'm giving it to you!"

Finn: "That Possible?" 
Han "I Never Ask That Question Until After We've Done It."

As Solo mans the pilot seat of the Falcon in a tight spot "Come baby, don't let me down"'

To Finn who has just advised Han he doesn't have a plan and thinks the Force can just be used to save Rey: "that's not how the force works!".

Han Solo as he walks up to Kylo on the bridge and yells "BEN!" and in doing so reveals Kylo's real name and that he was presumably named after Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Want more quotes? Here's what Luke had to say in the Force Awakens. 

Easter eggs from The Force Awakens

Easter eggs from The Force Awakens

Princess Leia quotes from The Force Awakens

Leia hugging Han Solo in The Force Awakens

Princess Leia quotes from The Force Awakens

Princess Leia returns for her 5th outing in a Star Wars movie (you gotta count her as a baby in Revenge of the Sith!). This time Leia is known as Commander Organa of the Rebellion.

Here's what lines Carrie Fisher uttered to the weird and wonderful people and robots found in The Force Awakens

Leia "Don't Do That."
Han Solo "Do What?"

Han to Leia when they first meet after a long time spent apart "You Changed Your Hair."
Leia observes "Same Jacket."
Han replies "New Jacket."

The subtext in this one is quite huge - Han is saying to Leia he's a different person now - he's the father of Kylo Ren, not just a space pirate. The same applies for Leia - new hair implies, new person.  

Facts and trivia about The Force Awakens

Like the other movies before it, Star Wars The Force Awakens has a lot of cool trivia and facts surrounding its production and story line.

JJ Abram's masterfully crafted film is chock to the brim with call backs to the other movies and shout outs to famous moments.

Here's some of the best trivia and facts we've found about The Force Awakens.
  • Principal filming started on May 16 2014 in the desert of Abu Dahbi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. Prior to that some second unit filming had taken place in the same desert and Iceland. The filming finished on 7 November at which time the film's name was revealed via Twitter.
  • Max von Sydow, who plays Lor San Tekka also played Emperor Ming the Merciless in the film Flash Gordon. It’s a loose piece of trivia but the Flash Gordon serials were a major influence on Lucas’s development of Star Wars. 
  • Poe Dameron's name is is inspired by JJ's long time assistant Morgan Dameron.
  • The production crew had a preference for using real locations and miniature models over green-screens and computer-generated imagery This was so The Force Awakens was aesthetically similar to the original Star Wars trilogy. It’s also likely a response to concerns that the Prequel Trilogy was hugely CGI based – so much so that that all the Storm Troopers were CGI (yet there was actually heaps of modelling in those movies, most people miss it).
  • James Bond star Daniel Craig has a blink and you'll miss him cameo as a Storm Trooper.
  • Simon Pegg has a turn as a masked character as well, called Unkar Plutt.
  • Director J.J. Abrams had worked with Harrison Ford before. Ford appeared in the film Regarding Henry which was written by Abrams.
  • The Force Awakens is the first Star Wars film to have more than one producer, being J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk.
  • The XL2 cameras that were used where given names - the "A" camera was nicknamed the "Death Star", and the "B" camera, the "Millennium Falcon".
  • The filming name was "Avco" so named after the Los Angeles cinema that the director JJ Abrams first saw the Star Wars in.
  • Captain Phasma's final armour 'look' was at one time a conceptual design for Kylo Ren.
  • At one stage Carrie Fisher had not read the film’s script but was desperate too. She tried to bribe costume designer Michael Kaplan to divulge details with a chance to see the red shoes from the Wizard of Oz that Fisher’s mother owned. Kaplan while tempted, he kept his mouth shut and never saw the shoes.
  • The first trailer for The Force Awakens was 88 seconds long and debuted on November 28 2014. The second trailer was released on 17th April 2015 and had over 88 million views on the internet in 24 hours. The third trailer was released on October 19th and broke the internet. 
  • Alan Dean Foster returns to the series to write the novelisation. Foster wrote the original Star Wars novelisation, and is somewhat famous for the sequel, Splinter of the Mind's Eye
  • The Starkiller base name was inspired by that word being the original last name of Luke Skywalker.
  • The name of the crashed Star Destroyer that Rey pilots the Falcon through is called the Inflictor which was scuttled onto the planet Jakku in a battle that took place one year after the events of Return of the Jedi.
  • First Star Wars movie where no one loses an arm.
  • Finn's storm trooper reference number FN-2187, is a reference to the cell 2187 which was Princess Leia's original cell on the Death Star in A New Hope. In that movie Leia was held captive in cell block THX 118 which was a reference to George Lucas' first film of the same name. 
And of course, there's also plenty of The Last Jedi trivia to be read as well!

The crawl of The Force Awakens from Star Wars

The opening text crawl of The Force Awakens from Star Wars

Star Wars is famous for its opening crawls - each prologue sets the scene up for what we the viewer are about to witness. At the least it's a chance to listen to some John William's magic!

The Force Awaken's opening word crawl was no different that what came before.

Heroes on both sides this is not!

Here's the screen crawl:

Luke Skywalker has vanished.
In his absence, the sinister
FIRST ORDER has risen
from the ashes of the Empire
and will not rest until Skywalker, the last Jedi,
has been destroyed.

With the support of the REPUBLIC,
General Leia Organa leads a brave RESISTANCE.
She is desperate to find her
brother Luke and gain his
help in restoring peace and
justice to the galaxy.

Leia has sent her most daring
pilot on a secret mission
to Jakku, where an old ally
has discovered a clue to
Luke’s whereabouts . . . .

So there you go. I hope you like castles...

Star Wars 7 is is officially titled The Force Awakens

The wait has been a long, long time coming. The seventh film in the Star Wars series is titled:

This is an excellent title - it gives a sense of new direction for the Star Wars franchise yet it keeps in tone with what movie titles have gone before.

Quotes from The Force Awakens - Star Wars

The Force Awaken quotes

The Force Awakens quotes

It’s been thirty years since the Return of the Jedi ended the story of how Anakin Skywalker became the Chosen One and now we have The Force Awakens movie to tell a new story from the Star Wars galaxy.

Here’s some of the quotes from the movie, a few of which are certain to enter the common lingo, particulary because of that thing Luke did when that thing happened and let's not forget what Han Solo did! That line he spoke was just amazing, people will be quoting that for years to come! And don't get us started on what Carrie Fisher's cheeky but charming Leia said!

The Force Awakens Star Wars quotes
  • "This will begin to make things right”  the first line of the movie uttered by Lor San Tekka
  • "Nothing will stand in our way. I Will Finish What You Started" - Kylo Ren
  • "I was raised to do one thing. But I've got nothing to fight for." Finn.
  • "There has been an awakening, have you felt it? The dark side and the light"  Supreme Leader Snoke"
  • "We're home Chewie" - Han to The Giant Furball when they are re-aquainted with the Millennium Falcon.
  • "I've got a bad feeling about this!" - said by Han Solo
  • “Submit your blaster for inspection.” Captain Phasma
  • "Women always know when you're lying to them" Han Solo
  • "Even you, have never faced such a test."Supreme Leader Snoke to Kylo

Finn, Kylo Ren and Poe Dameron also had a few things to say.

Nov 4, 2014

Lucas' long term vision for Star Wars is playing out as he had in mind

greedo conceptual art by ralph mcquarrie
Going somewhere, Solo?
I came across this quote from George Lucas which simply serves to show the ideas and scope of what he thought Star Wars could be – and note this was in 1975, 2 years before A New Hope was released:

“I want to have Luke kiss the Princess in the second book. In the third book, I want the story just about the soap opera of the Skywalker family, which ends with the destruction of the Empire. Then someday I want to do the back story of Kenobi as a young man – a story of the Jedi and how the Emperor eventually takes over and turns the whole thing from a Republic into an Empire, and tricks all the Jedi and kills them. The whole battle where Luke’s father gets killed. That would be impossible to do, but it’s great to dream about.”

Lucas made this statement on December 29, 1975, in a conversation with Alan Dean Foster where they were plotting the novelization of Star Wars. Keen Star Wars fans know that Lucas charged Foster with writing the next Star Wars story and this became Splinter of the Mind’s Eye – a story in itself which you can read here.

History shows that Lucas got half his wish – he was able eventually make a prequel trilogy that while it featured the rise of Darth Vader, it really was about how Kenobi became one of the greatest Jedi Knights the galaxy had ever witnessed. Luke also did kiss Leia in the second film but not in the manner in which Lucas may have been originally thinking!

Now that JJ Abrams is making the first film of the new trilogy, we have enough information to work out that the film will be a transition of sorts from the ‘classic’ characters to a new generation of heroes and villains. This quote from Mark Hamill recalls the things Lucas had in mind on for a strong finish to the saga:

“You know, when I first did this, it was four trilogies,” Mark Hamill recalled in 2004, speaking of their conversation in 1976. “Twelve movies! Out on the desert, any time between setups… lots of free time. And George was talking about this whole thing… ‘Um, how’d you like to be in Episode IX?’ ‘When is that going to be?’ ‘2011.’ […] I said, ‘Well, what do you want me to do?’ He said, ‘You’ll just be like a cameo. You’ll be like Obi-Wan handing the lightsaber down to the next new hope.'”

While Lucas has been chided in the past for claiming to have every thing mapped out, the reality is that he had germs of ideas and character journeys in mind – these were eventually mapped out by himself as basic treatments and became a condition of the sale of Lucas Film to Disney that they be included in the sale.

So while The Force Awakenswill largely be an amalgam of the vision of writers Ardnt, Kasdan and Abrams, George’s long held ideals helped form the genesis of the story. As far as I’m aware, no other film maker has had such an influence on story telling in this manner.

One can only wonder about the spin off films and what story influence Lucas contributed…

Nov 2, 2014

'Pretty in Pink' - a great Twi'lek Halloween costume

Halloween has been and gone for another year. The occasion did see fit to bestow us with this wondrous Twi’lek.

twilek halloween costume
Pretty in Pink
Found on reddit, the character met with Peter Mayhew’s personal approval. Can’t get much better than that!

The poster of the picture, misspfabuloussaid she made the costume herself “I made the lekku out of fabric, rice ( to weigh them down), cotton stuffing from a pillow, Tupperware ( for height and support), gorilla tape, and faux leather.”

She also said “The lekku took me about 36 hours I hand sew everything because I am completely unable to use a machine. It took me probably 6 hours to stud the bra and sew the pants to perfection. The makeup took me 3 hours. So 45 hours give or take.”

Here's the twi'lek having a good time on the town:

twilek with big breasts

Korr Sella quotes from Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Maisie Richardson-SellersKorr Sella quotes from the Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens.

update - the character's scenes were left on the cutting room floor so no quotes were made - she was seen very briefly when Hosnian Prime was destroyed.

Korr Sella is a rumored Star Wars character that is rumored to be played by Maisie Richardson-Sellers. 

Internet scuttlebut suggest Daisy is playing a character who has been referred to in production notes as 'The Emissary'. The same scuttlebut suggests The Emissary is working on behalf of Leia.

None of this is confirmed yet but we'll have the full details on Korr Sella as soon as they are released.
Here's a recent picture:

 Maisie Richardson-Sellers from Star Wars

Oct 15, 2014

The Force Awakens concept art released / leaked - they suggest there's another great story to be told in the Star Wars universe...

vader's mask in star was 7

It seems that we have a real deal leak of concept art for The Force Awakens. Concept art is used to inform the the vision of the written story. Famously Ralph McQuarrie did this for George Lucas in the original Star Wars trilogy and Doug Chiang did for the prequels.

So these leaked concept designs were made to help let every one who was making The Force Awakens know what the film is supposed to look like. They set the tone, shapes and all round feel of the movie.

Here's some of the most interesting pictures:

This is a fallen AT Walker, that's possibly on Tatooine as it was titled Binary Sunset. Scuttlebut around the internet has suggested Daisy's character was living in a broken Walker, so maybe that rumour is real, there's some one sitting on on the thing....

at walker daisy binary sunset

Oct 13, 2014

We can't decide if this is the best R2D2 / C3PO cosplay couple we've seen or the worst

C3PO r2d2 couple cosplay

We've seen a bit of cosplay lately, but this picture came to the desk late - R2D2 and C3PO as squares of card board. Is this the best or worst Star War cosplay you've seen? Either way we can all agree that dude is batting out of his league. Nice work brah.

Also, did the brah draw some pubes on 3PO?

Oct 10, 2014

Notice any thing in common between these two photos?

Yep, Star Wars Rebels has used the same warning sign that was used in Empire to denote trouble behind the door - this was a deleted scene where C3PO ripped the yellow warning off the door in a clever attempt to trick the invading Stron Troopers to enter a cave full of Wampa.

Nice to see Rebels is going full Star Wars nerd on us - bodes well for the series - you heard Darth Vader is making an appearance right? 

Oct 6, 2014

Picture of a very young Warwick Davis on the set of Return of the Jedi - with a slave Leia!

You would be forgiven for not recognizing this young lad with Carrie Fisher even though he played one of Return of the Jedi’s most famous Ewok’s Wicket. Warwick Davis managed to snag the role of Wicket as the actor who was to play him, R2D2’s Kenny Baker happened to be too sick on the day of shooting.

warwick davies and carrie fisher on the set of Jedi

This turned out to be a big break for Warwick as he went on to perform as Wicket in further Ewok films, took a turn as the title character in the popular Willow film, starred as a leprechaun in some b grade horror movies and even made a couple of appearances in the Harry Potter films.  

Davis can regularly be found on the Star Wars celebrity circuit, often hosting events where he acts as the Master of Ceremonies or interviewer, usually of fellow cast members. He's actually gone on to play several parts in Star Wars films, becoming a much loved fan favourite.

Legend has it that George Lucas wrote the film Willow with Davis in mind for the part.

He'll always simply be Wicket to this writer!

Oct 1, 2014

Chewbacca might have a bionic arm in The Force Awakens according to this concept design


Some pictures of concept art have leaked for Star Wars 7 and it appears that Chewbacca has bionic arm. How cool is that?! Very. If this arm thing is true, I'd rather it happens onscreen than off - either way it would be continuing a grand tradition of people losing their arms!

Update - This idea was considered but thrown out. Chewie at one point was scripted as having ripped off Unkar Plutts arm.

Amusingly, it was C3PO that had a new arm in TFA!

Sep 28, 2014

My 10 favourite things about The Empire Strikes Back

empire strikes back ending
Luke with a classic side hug move...

10 favourite things about Empire Strikes Back

I think the first time I learned that there was as sequel to Star Wars was when my older cousin played for me the cassette story version of it. There was lots of big epic battle sounds at the start which is of course the Battle of Hoth but what kid knows that at the time.

I can’t remember when I then saw the movie but I’m pretty sure it was by way of video on our Tv that only got two channels. Channel One and Channel Two. But who needs TV when you have Star Wars?

Here’s my ten favourite things about Empire – a mixture of the wonder you only have being a kid and now a thirty something adult.

1. Luke Skywalker is back! And he’s in a snow cave there’s a scary creature and then Han had to put him in that smelly animal!

2. Luke visits Degobah. Who is that green goblin, why is he so funny, oh wait, he’s for real!

3. Luke visits a cave, oh noes, it’s Vader!

4. Three words: Giant Worm Escape.

5. The Falcon drifting off as rubbish was just totally awesomeness from Han.

6. Vader grabbing Han’s pistol.

7. Lando’s not a bad guy after all!

8. Woah, Luke is Vader’s son. DID NOT SEE THAT COMING AS A KID.

9. Luke gets a new hand

10. Awesome closing screen shot, one of hope...

Sep 24, 2014

Lor San Seka quotes from The Force Awakens

Lor San Seka quotes from The Force Awakens

Played by thw wondrous actor Max Von Sydow, Seka is the vicar that has a dark secret in the Force Awakens, a secret that Kylo Ren wants badly enough to kill him for.

Aug 31, 2014

Admiral Ackbar quotes from The Force Awakens

X Wing Pilot "Ello Asty" quotes from The Force Awakens

 "Ello Asty" quotes from The Force Awakens movie.

Asty or rather the "Bullhead" dude as he was known to many before he was more properly named is a pilot for the Resistance.

He fought along side Poe Dameron when he took on the First Order. His name is a play on the Beaties Boy's album Hello Nasty. 


“But no damage!”


“I’m hit!”

Ello Asty was voiced by Mathew Wood. The same Mathew Wood that did the voice acting for General Grevious in Revenge of the Sith!

Aug 30, 2014

Who is Koyi Mateil?

This is Koyi Mateil

Koyi Mateil - Revenge of the Sith
Are they real or are they just spectacular?
Koyi Mateil made a brief appearance in Revenge of the Sith during the scene at the Galaxies Opera House.

The scene was notable for being when Palpatine revealed to Anakin he could help save Padme from dying and now infamously supplying the knowledge that Twi'leks are no strangers to getting breast implants...

Aug 21, 2014

Photos of Star Wars characters 'Out of character'

Anthony Daniels dressed as C3PO without his head
Mirror, mirror on the wall 
Sometimes we might be guilty of taking Star Wars too seriously. Not as serious as some Star Wars fans mind you. We don’t really care about parsecs actually being a measurement of distance. (Or do you? – Ed) So it’s good to take a step back and have some fun with Star Wars, as that’s what movies are all about really, fun. 

Here’s some  of the characters from the films being caught a little bit out of character at amusing or interesting moments. Carrie Fisher is always having a blast on set – indeed it looks like the Star Wars production sets were a fun place to be!

Mayhew and Irvine
Peter, I want more rawwweerrrrrrr

I'd sooner kiss a wookie!
carrie fisher onhoth base
Drop it like it's Hoth