Some Cool New Images From ‘The Force Awakens’ Debut!

With a December release date fast approaching, LucasFilm has unleashed a bunch of new images to keep people interested in Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens. This takes some of the sting out the announcement by director J.J. Abrams that there will be no new footage shown at Disney’s D23 Expo this weekend in Anaheim, Calif.

As you can see from the watermarks, the images make their debut in the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, covering the Fall movie preview issue.

The big new revelation to me is the identity of Domhnall Gleeson‘s character: General Hux, a cruel leader of The First Order who craves to show the galaxy his might.

The hotly-anticipated film stars newcomers Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, Gleeson as General Hux and Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma. Returning stars include: Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, Kenny Baker as R2-D2, Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca, Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia and Harrison Ford as Han Solo. Oh, and the Millennium Falcon as herself!

ST:EVII—TFA opens opens Dec. 18.

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‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Finally Makes Lupita Nyong’o Official

The Walt Disney Co., producers of Star Wars: Episode VII, made it official today when they formally announced the long-rumored casting of Lupita Nyong’o, who won a Best supporting Actress Oscar earlier this year for 12 Years a Slave, and Gwendoline Christie, who plays the popular Brienne of Tarth on GAME OF THRONES.

Other cast members (announced back in April) include: John Boyega (Attack the Block); Daisy Ridley (even I’ve never heard of her!); Domhnall Gleeson (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows); Adam Driver (GIRLS); Oscar Isaac (Sucker Punch and Inside Llewyn Davis); the legendary Max Von Sydow; and motion-capture artist Andy Serkis. Also, Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker and Peter Mayhew will be returning to the roles that made them famous.

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