‘Star Wars XIII’: Supreme Leader Snoke is Ready for His Close-up

As the release of Star Wars: Episode XIII — The Last Jedi draws closer, more and more information is leaking out, and the latest “reveal” relates to the appearance of Supreme Leader Snoke, the shadowy power behind the villainous First Order: He looks exactly like we figured he would.

An official trading card from Topps gives the first clear view of the Big Bad, seen in 2015’s The Force Awakens only as a bluish hologram. We can see that he has a giant scar on his head and a rather thin and drawn face. We don’t know if this is his species’ natural appearance or whether his face has been distorted by the Dark Side of the Force, as with Emperor Palpatine in the earlier films.

However, while his face has been drawn out of the shadows, Snoke himself will remain behind the scenes for one more movie. (This is only the middle part of a trilogy, remember.)  Director Rian Johnson told Empire magazine that Kylo Ren is main villain of Episode XIII and Snoke will remain a mystery for a while longer.
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‘Star Wars’ International Trailer Features Lots of New Footage!

The brand-spanking-new international trailer for Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens has dropped, and it is packed with… many feet of epic new footage!

Does anyone else that “Jakku” is just a publicity codename to cover up the fact that Rey lives on Tatooine? Nobody onscreen has ever called it that, and I’m getting tired of seeing footage of the outer-rim desert world with the double suns and moisture farms and a Dune Sea and the Mos Eisley-looking town. Just admit it, Lucasfilm…

I think J.J. Abrams and pals wanted to avoid all the eye rolls that doubtless would have accompanied the announcement of another return to that dustball. Tatooine may be the place furthest from the bright spot of the galaxy, but it’s inextricably linked to the fate of said galaxy…

This newest trailer looks spectacular — so why not pair it with the full U.S. trailer for a mind-blowing experience…

Can’t wait for this to open on Dec. 18!!!

New ‘Force Awakens’ Posters Are… In Color

Today is “Force Friday,” when the Disney juggernaut unleashes all the merchandizing for Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens. And, indeed, there are enough mountains of toys, textiles and knickknacks to make Spaceballs‘ Yogurt swoon.

I’m not really interested in most of the stuff; if you are, here’s a pretty good roundup of the best stuff available. I’ll just take a look at the three new posters, which I find… well, less than inspiring, to be honest. They don’t fire my imagination.

The best one is the collage, which showcases most of the important characters — well, the new ones, at least. No sign of Luke, Leia or Han, sadly… The First Order troopers has a certain appeal as just a mass of bodies suggesting a powerful force (no pun intended). And while the Kylo Ren solo is supposed to make him look like a fightin’ badass, to me, he looks like an old man bending awkwardly to pick up a coin. (“It’s heads, so it’s cool.”)

So, like I noted above, the posters are… well, they’re in color, that’s for sure…

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.