Star Wars: The Force Awakens - New Images Unveiled

Posted by The Daily Zombies Monday, May 4, 2015

Kylo Ren unmasked! May the Fourth Be with You, as J. J. Abrams and celebrated photographer Annie Leibovitz unveiled more secrets of the most anticipated film of 2015, Star Wars Episode VII, courtesy of the June issue of Vanity Fair

May the 4th Be with You! Our Star Wars Day celebration continues thanks to J. J. Abrams and Disney, who have chosen this most timely opportunity to unveil some of the most guarded secrets of the long-awaited Episode VII, The Force Awakens. And if you are like us, who are usually impervious to even notice what the latest copy of Vanity Fair has in store, think again. 

Indeed, featuring the work of celebrated photographer Annie Leibovitz, who traveled to London's Pinewood Studios for some very exclusive set photo-shoots that will certainly blew you away (including the awesome cover featuring series newcomers John Boyega and Daisy Ridley, as well as gold favorites Harrison Ford and Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca), the June issue of Vanity Fair is set to be available on newsstands on 7th May in New York and Los Angeles and nationally on 12th May. 

First and foremost, Kylo Ren is unmasked! 

And he is none other than Girls' Adam Driver, just like what the rumors said.

Next-generation bad guy Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) commands snowtroopers loyal to the evil First Order on the frozen plains of their secret base.

Photograph by Annie Leibovitz.

And we have to confessed that Driver does carry the dark presence well in that "Hoth-like" setting. 

Next up, we finally have some information on Lupita Nyong’o and the character she is playing... And it's a Space Pirate! Maz Kanta will be entirely CGI and pictures of Nyong'o in screen capture motion performance were also released. 

A small galaxy’s worth of tracking dots affixed to Lupita Nyong’o’s face allowed artists at Industrial Light & Magic to transform her into the C.G.I. character Maz Kanata.
Photograph by Annie Leibovitz.

Galactic travelers, smugglers, and other assorted riffraff fill the main hall of pirate Maz Kanata’s castle.
Photograph by Annie Leibovitz.

And here are an assorted collection of other dazzling set images.

Oscar Isaac's Poe Dameron looking good.
Dashing Resistance pilot Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) stands alongside his trusty X-wing fighter.
Photograph by Annie Leibovitz.

J. J. Abrams directs Actress Daisy Ridley for a scene in which her character, the young heroine Rey, pilots her speeder through a bustling marketplace on the planet Jakku.
Photograph by Annie Leibovitz.

Members of the brain trust behind The Force Awakens: composer John Williams, producer and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, co-writer Lawrence Kasdan, and director and co-writer Abrams, photographed at Bad Robot, Abrams’s production company, in Santa Monica.
Photograph by Annie Leibovitz.

For those die-hard Jar Jar Binks haters, this is something bloody important that we picked up over at iO9's coverage of the Vanity Fair' scoop:

During an effects review, while watching a sequence with spaceships flying low over a desert planet, J. J. Abrams, director of Star Wars: Episode VII—The Force Awakens, asks to pause the scene, and with a light pen draws a little squiggle on a sand dune. “I have a thought about putting Jar Jar Binks’s bones in the desert there,” Abrams says, to much laughter. “I’m serious! Only three people will notice, but they’ll love it.”

And last but not least, here's a featurette of the photo shoot by Vanity Fair. 

Update: 5th May 2015 - Adding on to the pile of reveals courtesy of Vanity Fair, another intriguing unveiling has been made with Game of Thrones' very own Brienne of Tarth, actress Gwendoline Christie, taking on the role of what has since been affectionately coined as "Chrometrooper" by fans since first witnessing the character's ominous appearance in the second teaser trailer

Indeed, the new character has been confirmed to be Captain Phasma, a member of the diabolical First Order (the new organization replacing the Empire). A new major villain who happens to be a Stormtrooper, as well as a female? That's a huge win on so many level.

Here’s the official synopsis for the film:

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, opens in theaters December 18, 2015. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan & Abrams, and features a cast including actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie, Crystal Clarke, Pip Andersen, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow. They will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker. The film is being produced by Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk, and John Williams returns as the composer. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is Episode VII in the Star Wars Saga. 

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is currently set to be released on 18 December 2015.


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