EW Star Wars Issue Reveals Character Info and More Force Awakens Images

The latest issue of Entertainment Weekly is to be an all-Star Wars issue that is filled with new images, interviews and movie details (but knowing J.J. Abrams and his “mystery box” background, you can be assured that there will be plenty kept under wraps until the film arrives next month).  Below check out the new official images as well as comments about previously unknown plot points.  In the next month expect a barrage of Star Wars news as the Disney marketing machine kicks into full gear for what could potentially become the biggest movie of all time.

In the previous movies the Stormtroopers were made up of an army of clones that first worked for the Galactic Republic and then under the rule of the Empire.  In this new trilogy it was obvious that this was no longer the case due to the simple fact that there is now a black stormtrooper.  How can this be if they were previously all clones?  Well, this army is not made up of the clones but instead by soldiers utilizing the army.  John Boyega stated in an interview that the soldiers were indoctrinated with a skewed version of the events of the original trilogy in order to convince them to fight for the First Order.

“Boyega says soldiers raised from childhood to serve this remnant of the scattered Imperial forces are fed propaganda about the heroes of the Rebellion. Unlike Rey, he has learned a lot about Luke Skywalker — but he has been taught he was a villain who destroyed the benevolent Empire.”

Daisy Ridley (Rey) spoke about how Rey was abandoned as a child and how that affected her character.

Rey was ditched on Jakku by her family when she was a child and has no idea why — or why they never returned. “She’s been alone for a long time,” Ridley says. “When something occurs when you’re 5, you know what went on but you don’t understand the reasoning. She’s hopeful for what lies ahead, whether that involves the past or not.” So why hasn’t abandonment made her bitter, angry, and… prone to the Dark Side? “Hope makes people good, a lot of the time,” Ridley says. “You hope for a brighter future, and resentment is outweighed.”

The main villain depicted in the marketing for The Force Awakens thus far has been Kylo Ren.  It’s been stated that he’s a member of the Knights of Ren who basically worship Darth Vader and desire to see his work continued.  In addition to wanting avenge the death of Vader, actor Adam Driver (Kylo Ren) states another motivation:

“When you break all of those things down, really it’s just because someone wasn’t loved enough or felt betrayed. That’s what makes those movies so universal. I think they can get in your mind in big and sweeping ways.”

You can check out the full article at the link above or check out the interview with Harrison Ford about Han Solo here.  The official images for the movie have been included below.  Were already received several batches of official images.  Hopefully we won’t get the entire movie in picture form before the film gets released.

There’s two things in particular that stood out to me about the above images.  Firstly, we see Finn still in full Stormtrooper getup interacting with Oscar Isaac’s Poe Dameron.  This scene likely takes place early on in the film (when Poe is presumably getting tortured by Kylo Ren) and suggests that Finn might be responsible for his escape.

Secondly, we’ve seen a lot of Kylo Ren with his cross lightsaber in the snowy woods and the last trailer even showed Finn in those same woods readying himself with (Luke’s?) lightsaber.  It was believed that the two of them could engage in a battle in that scene.  The picture above not only confirms that they both are in those woods at the same time, but also shows Rey by Finn’s side.  What happens in this battle?  Is it possible that the outcome of this fight is what leads to Rey’s crying from the trailer?  All of this is speculation at this point.

Want more Force Awakens info?  You can check out the recent trailers for The Force Awakens here and here.  Check out more about Kylo Ren, a possible major spoiler regarding what Kylo Ren does in the movie, and a description of the film’s opening sequence.  Star Wars: The Force Awakens arrives in US theaters December 18.

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