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Check Out the New Trailer and Full Stormtrooper Suits From “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

I know what you’re thinking. The official Star Wars celebration is tomorrow, and with that the promise of not only a poster for Star Wars: The Force Awakens but a fully fledged trailer as well. With that in mind, couldn’t this juicy piece of Episode VII filet be kept aside until then. I suppose you’re right, except you’re totally wrong! Granted, tomorrow promises to be a hailstorm of Star Wars movie news, but this is a marathon, not a sprint. You can’t just dive headfirst into all the news tomorrow, you’ll pull a hammie for sure. So think of this reveal of the the new stormtrooper costumes in full as some light stretching before the race starts.

Screenrant us reporting that in the preparation for the celebration, an Instagram was posted of the official programme for the show, which happens to include a full body stormtrooper image. Check it out below, courtesy of Instagram:

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Exciting stuff right? If you look at the original trailer for Force Awakens you can see that the helmet matches up perfectly with the platoon, and the chest portion is identical to the one sported by John Boyega. It’s certainly a very Abrams-esque take on a classic design, making advancements without doing the original armour a disservice. All we need now is to see how the suit looks in action!
Force Awakens hits theatres on December 25th 2015.

And now that you’ve had your starter, here’s the main course sucker! A new trailer for The Force Awakens. It’s awesome – you’ve been warned. Fresh from Youtube:

I’ll let you sit with that for a while. We’ll be seeing you in four days for that Batman vs Superman trailer we’ve heard so much about.

“Kung Fu Panda 3” Moves Up to January ’16

Who likes Kung Fu Panda? I will assume everyone said yes, and why wouldn’t they? It’s got Kung Fu, it’s got pandas, Dustin Hoffman and a badass Hans Zimmer score. So it was understandable when people got a little antsy when the release date for Kung Fu Panda 3 was moved from the end of this year to March of next year. It was an understandable move for Dreamworks Animation following the news that Disney’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens would be opening on Christmas. Trust me, that media skirmish would not be adorable as you would expect, hence the move. But now there’s been another move in a better direction!

The Wrap is reporting that Kung Fu Panda 3‘s release has been shuffled from March 18th to January 29th 2016. So well only have to wait a month or so more than the original release date. Not bad right? It’s a testament to the bubbling confidence that’s coming out of Dreamworks as a result of the super positive response to their new extra terrestrial caper Home starring Jim Parsons, which has seen a worldwide take of 243 million so far.

This is good news considering that Dreamworks was struggling a little recently. But now they’re pushing the boat out and only giving Star Wars a month’s head start before Kung Fu Panda 3 comes a-kickin’.

The film will star Jack Black reprising his role as Po the panda, as well as new names Rebel Wilson and Bryan Cranston.

Are you ready for Kung Fu Panda 3 to bring the awesome in 2016?

Lucasfilm Will Release 20 Books and Comics to Connect Episodes VI and VII

In the most basic, terms there are two kinds of Star Wars fans: those who love the films, and those love the films AND ingest every other possible medium. This may not seem like such a big difference, unless you know how staggeringly vast the non-film based canon for Star Wars is and how multifaceted a machine it is. In a way, strict film lovers are like vegetarians and multi medium lovers are like super strict vegans. In any case, we say see a considerable migration of fans, in the current film vacuum, to comic books and novelisations? Why? Because it may reveal something about the upcoming Episode VII.

Screenrant has reported that Lucasfilm is releasing a whole new stack of novels and comic books specifically to connect the end of Return of the Jedi with the start of The Force Awakens. The first installment will be a novel called Star Wars: Aftermath. Now we could speculate on what this title means like we did with the upcoming spinoff Rouge One, or we could hear it from the horse’s mouth. Here’s Jen Heddle, the Senior Editor of Lucas Books, spilling the beans on Aftermath:

“The second Death Star has been destroyed. Rumors are flying that the Emperor and his enforcer, Darth Vader, are dead. A new government is forming to replace the Empire. But the galaxy is a big place, and the fallout of this cataclysm will affect different worlds in different ways. Does everyone accept the fall of Imperial rule? Has everyone even heard the life-altering news? What rushes in to fill the vacuum the Empire has left? And who will try to stop them?”

So the Empire’s not totally dead? Bummer. Although this looks like it will answer a lot of logistics questions that sceptics have had about how the hell the structure of the galactic government works in the Star Wars universe. Boy, did I made that sound dull.

Even though we may not be seeing all the characters from the new film turn up in the books – they do have to fill in about thirty years of blanks – Heddle has promised that there will be a lot of new intrinsic characters to sink your teeth into:

“What I can reveal is that you will be introduced to a sweeping new cast of characters, along with a fan favourite from the films. And who knows what other familiar faces will pop up along the way? And once you’ve seen ‘The Force Awakens’ in movie theaters, you may find that certain names and places in ‘Aftermath’ have a relevance you never knew–so keep your eyes wide open!”

What a teaser! It’ll be intriguing to see how the old favourites, who we will turning up in Episode VII, will make their way in the galaxy in the interim. Maybe we’ll also see the device or the happy ending of other characters, like the ewoks, or… Actually the ewoks are the only characters I care about. Seriously, who cleaned up all those dead storm troopers in Endor? You could make a whole book out of that!

Whilst I’m not sure I’ll be partaking of the books, I’ll certainly be that annoying cheat who looks up the synopses on Wikipedia. I am nothing if not unbearably lazy.

Which of your favourite Star Wars characters do you want to see in the books?

Alexandre Desplat to Score “Star Wars” Spin-off

So, in case you’re not in on all the latest star wars news, let’s give you a quick punch to the gut update: forget about the main Star Wars films, Gareth Edwards is directing the first Star Wars spin off, and it’ll be called Star Wars: Rouge One. Now that you’re all up to speed, let’s drop another bomb. Empire announced that composer Alexandre Desplat has been officially connected to the spinoff to a film we haven’t seen yet. The nature of his connection? Uhm, he’s a composer. Probably could have said that right off the bat.

Anyway, Desplat will probably ring a bell after taking home an Academy Award for Best Score for his work on Wes Anderson‘s The Grand Budapest Hotel. That may make it sound as though he’s a weird choice for concocting an operatic space fanfare, but trust me… Desplat’s got moves. The composer has worked with Gareth Edwards before on the patently dark Godzilla reboot. Along with work that Desplat did on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – that’s both parts, folks – he has a pretty well rounded resume. This is a vital skill for any Star Wars film, which is mostly intensive but requires a fare dose of introspection. With that in mind, Desplat sounds like a pretty safe bet.
The composer has also mentioned before how influential John Williams‘ work has been on his own work, so he’ll likely be concocting a very innovative score but from a baseline that is very faithful to the original Trilogy. We hope.

Even though we don’t know anything about the spinoff – or the film it’s spinning off from, really – from the title Rogue One it’s a safe bet that there’ll be some fighting and fighting to the extreme. If that’s the case, it’ll be exciting to see how Desplat reflects it on the score sheet.

Force Awakens is out on 18th December 2015, while Rogue One will be a year later on 16th December 2015.

Force Post! “The Force Awakens” names names

Feel like a little bit Star Wars news to brighten up your day? Why wouldn’t you?

Word has come through from Entertainment Weekly that names of some of the characters in the latest Star Wars chapter have been revealed. This comes a good few weeks after the teaser trailer that broke every record on the planet.  With that in mind, what the heck am I waiting for? Here are the names!

  • BB-8, the ball droid
  • Poe Dameron, the X-wing pilot (Oscar Isaacs)
  • Kylo Ren, the mystery wielder of the “broad-saber”
  • Rey, the scavenger who was previously code-named “Kira” (Daisy Ridley)
  • Finn, a man “on the run” (John Boyega)

So we can finally put a few names to faces, in particular to the cyaracters played by John Boyega, Oscar Isaacs and Daisy Ridley. And we now have a name for the sinister sith with the controversial lightsaber! Granted we don’t know who’s playing him but that will all come in good time. At least we know what to call that crazy rolling droid.

Cast members yet to be named include Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow. Also, who is Harrison Ford gonna be playing? Just kidding, he’s like an orc or something right?

Is J.J. Abrams keeping you interested?