Today has been Entertainment Weekly‘s day to delight fans of Star Wars, as the magazine announced its four cover spread featuring Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Already, we’ve seen a story about Harrison Ford’s return to the Star Wars saga, and how he’s happy George Lucas didn’t kill Han Solo back in Empire Strikes Back/Return of the Jedi. Now, EW has dropped a plethora of all new The Force Awakens photos…some of which we’ve seen from different angles, and others are completely new.
There are 27 photos in all, and like I said, some have been seen before, and some are from the trailers that have been released. However, there are some very interesting new photos, and EW provided some context to each one.
On Rey’s unique speeder she uses to scavenge on Jakku: “It’s a beat up tractor that’s a hand-me-down or scavenged item,” says production designer Darren Gilford. “It was meant to look like a piece of farm equipment, something that’s not going real fast compared to what a sports car would do. But it has high-end torque like a tractor that needs to haul a trailer.”
There’s also some backstory to Rey’s past: “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.”
That’s an extremely interesting line from Ridley, herself. For months now, the speculation is that Rey is Force sensitive, and that she is the long-lost daughter of Luke Skywalker. Her comments only lend credence to that theory. Next we have the third piece to Finn (John Boyega) and Kylo Ren’s (Adam Driver) duel. It’s Rey…she’s there the whole time.
You’ll notice Kylo’s mask is off and we see the back of his head. This matches the scene from the third trailer:
But now, thanks to EW, we know that Rey is there the entire time. It also supports the theory that Rey is crying over Finn’s mangled (but alive) body, as Kylo most likely maimes him in the duel. “Obviously that makes things a bit more tricky for Finn,” Boyega says. “That’s genuine fear.”
Here’s a different angle of Finn, Han and Chewie being held by the First Order:
Some updated maintenance on the Millennium Falcon is described. “We decided to go with a rectangular radar dish instead of a circular one because it got knocked off at the end of Jedi,” says Gary Tomkins, senior art director for vehicles and spaceships (coolest job title ever.) “So we liked to imagine they replaced it with a more up-to-date one.”
There are many more photos you can see at by visiting EW’s link HERE. And, I suggest if you don’t mind piecing together spoilers, then head over and check them out, as they are pretty fantastic. Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters worldwide on December 17 and 18.