Force Awakens New Pics, Rolling Stone Piece

The march towards the release of J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” continues with a new and very long feature piece about the production appearing in this month’s issue of Rolling Stone.

The piece contains a ton of quotes from the actors and avoids spoilers where possible, more discussing the overall fandom and the film’s potential impact. The writer does reveal that one scene, glimpsed in the trailer, is designed for superfans – that of characters arriving at the castle of Lupita Nyong’o’s Maz Kanata character. Dozens of flags are seen hanging in the scene, with designs and references to all the earlier films.

There is also one key paragraph by the writer which does go into SPOILER TERRITORY so you have been warned:

“Back at Bad Robot, I am permitted to watch Abrams editing the movie for precisely 20 minutes. That adds up to maybe a minute or two of actual footage. So I can confirm that there is a space battle in the film, featuring X-Wings and TIE fighters and something like a Death Star. There is a lightsaber duel, where Kylo Ren is unmasked, revealing an intense-looking, unscarred Driver. There is a weapon that the filmmakers, at least, refer to as a “Sunsucker.” I see a churning energy device on the ground of a planet that sends a massive, lavalike beam upward – Sunsucker or not, it looks scary.”

The feature piece also has a half dozen new photos, including a great shot of Kylo Ren looking at Darth Vader’s helmet. Check out those photos below.

That isn’t the only “Star Wars” related news today. The Sun has posted a report claiming that due to the uncomfortableness of Nyong’o with motion capture technology, the role of her character of Maz Kanata has been scaled back in the film. The actress herself apparently ended up having to re-record a bunch of her lines.

Next up, both Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher have talked about the weight loss regimens they had to endure for the film. Fisher had to lose around 35 pounds (16kg), Hamill has lost as much as 50 pounds (23kg). Both did it the only way that works – diet and exercise – and neither has enjoyed it. Hamill calls it the “if it tastes good, don’t eat it” diet.

Finally, Harrison Ford appeared on Tuesday’s Tonight Show where he joked about and discussed the injury he sustained during filming on ‘Force Awakens’. Check out the clip below: