Feel the Force Friday: Episode VII Stormtroopers, Force for Change Winner, Podcasts and More!


Good morning, Dork Siders! Boy, do we have some great Star Wars news for all of you today! Let’s kick off the end of the week the right way with some BREAKING Star Wars: Episode VII developments!!!

Yesterday afternoon, MakingStarWars.Net reported on some new Imperial Stormtrooper helmet designs for the new Star Wars film, set to release on December 18th, 2015.

MakingStarWars.Net posted an updated look at the new Episode VII Stormtrooper helmet on Friday morning.

The reveal of this new look helmet comes hot on the heels of artist Tom Hodges‘ sketch of what he believed to be the new design, which he had briefly posted to his social media accounts on Tuesday.

Tom Hodgessketch of the new Stormtrooper helmet from Star Wars: Episode VII.

You can find additional photos of the alleged Episode VII Stormtrooper helmets by reading the MSW report, here.

The new helmets weren’t the only spoilers making their way around the internet, this week. Some new leaked photos of the Millennium Falcon set at Pinewood Studios in London were supposedly leaked, as well. As always, MSW and their awesome team were on top of it with this report, right here.

A few photos of the alleged Millennium Falcon set at Pinewood Studios in London. Photos from Full Scale Falcon.

Earlier this week, Lucasfilm announced the grand prize winner of the Star Wars: Force for Change contest. D.C. Barns of Denver, Colorado was chosen among thousands of hopeful fans to appear as a character in Star Wars: Episode VII. You can read all about the Force for Change campaign in the report that we have posted, here.

Watch the Omaze team surprise Star Wars fan D.C. Barns with the announcement of his grand prize, in the video below:

Star Wars: Episode VII director J.J. Abrams offered his congrats to Force for Change winner Barns on Monday, by posting a clever photo to his Bad Robot Twitter account.

J.J. Abrams thanks Star Wars fans for their participation in the Force for Change campaign.

This past Monday, Disney XD premiered an all new exclusive clip of their upcoming animated series Star Wars Rebels. The new clip; titled The Machine in the Ghost, featured heroes Kanan Jarrus voiced by Freddie Prinze, Jr. and Hera Syndulla voiced by Vanessa Marshall. You can read an in depth analysis of the animated “short” by checking out our report, here.

Enjoy the latest sneak peek at Star Wars Rebels, in the video below:

Disney XD will continue to premiere these new animated “shorts” which introduce fans to the characters of Rebels, each Monday evening for the next three weeks. USA Today has an exclusive sneak peek at the next clip, which features the artistic Mandalorian Sabine Wren. You can catch the short clip by reading Brian Truitt‘s article, here.

Reports of Star Wars: Episode VII resuming principal photography after a short hiatus began to surface, earlier this week.

From The Hollywood Reporter:

"The J.J. Abrams film will resume filming later this month, a source confirms to The Hollywood Reporter.The production went on a two-week hiatus earlier this month due to an injury star Harrison Ford sustained in June. Ford was sidelined after breaking his left leg on the London set June 12 and later underwent surgery."

Harrison Ford was seen at the Expendables 3 premiere in Los Angeles this past Monday and reports state that he looked to be in excellent shape, despite the ankle injury that he sustained in June while on the Episode VII set.

Mark Hamill was photographed in London on Tuesday, standing outside of the Episode VII set at Pinewood Studios. The shooting schedule looks to be back on track for director J.J. Abrams and his crew!

The Jedi Master himself, Mark Hamill stands outside of the Star Wars: Episode VII set on Tuesday.

More NEWS from the Dork Side:

Rob Wainfur posted an incredible article at Coffee With Kenobi this week, titled How Star Wars Changed Me Forever.

The Star Wars family lost a special member this week, special effects wizard Joe ViskocilSkywalking Through Neverland‘s Richard Woloski wrote a touching memorial.

Also from Skywalking Through Neverland; their latest podcast was just dropped earlier this morning. You can find this wonderful show posted at their official site, here.

If you’re in the mood for another fantastic Star Wars podcast, you should check out the latest episode of Star Wars Oxygen from Rebel Force Radio and Shotglass Digital. You can read up on the show by checking out our report, here.

Also from Shotglass Digital, RFR‘s Jimmy “Mac” McInerney wrote a great piece on Robin Williams‘ connection to the Star Wars universe. You can read about that, here.

The entire staff at DSOTF wishes to express their condolences to those affected by the passing of comedy legend Robin Williams. The actor had a tremendous impact on each of us, starring in such iconic films as Aladdin, Mrs. Doubtfire, Good Will Hunting, Hook, Dead Poets Society and so many more.

We thank you for all of the laughter you brought us, Robin. Bangarang, Peter.

Rest in peace, Robin Williams. 1951-2014