No “Force Awakens” Footage At D23

Considering how nuts everyone went for one single new shot in a recent international TV spot for J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” it’s not a shock that many were hoping some more footage from the highly anticipated film would debut at Disney’s D23 convention later this week in Anaheim.

Unfortunately Abrams himself has confirmed to EW that there won’t be a new trailer or any new footage on display, not even a featurette like was shown last month at Comic Con:

“It is true, we are showing no footage, behind the scenes or otherwise. In the fall, there’ll be a trailer… We’re thrilled to go to D23 and meet the fans, but it’s a tricky thing to try and rush [footage] for a convention or pre-existing event that would, of course, be fun to show something at.”

This has led to speculation that something from Gareth Edwards’ currently shooting “Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One” might be shown though, or at least that great teaser from “Star Wars Celebration” back in April might finally make its way online in an official context.

Speaking of “Star Wars,” Lucasfilm and HP are teaming for ‘Art Awakens’ – a new program for Star Wars fans old and new which kicks off August 11th with the launch of a two-month-long nationwide fan art competition across the US. Amateur artists can submit their inspired art on ArtAwakens.com for a chance to be showcased in an upcoming professional art exhibit later in the year.