FUTURE THE of the force
Fe w weekends in recent memory have been as seismic for Star Wars fans as that of 16- 19 April, which saw the Force awaken in Anaheim, California, for Star Wars Celebration 2015. It gave us an explosion of news from that galaxy far, far away — as well as director JJ Abrams and the cast of Episode VII uniting for the first time since completing principal photography on the latest film in the Skywalker saga, the first since 1983 to feature the original trilogy’s cast. SFX was there to witness the Force- fuelled madness. Here’s what we learned… executive producer ( and Lucasfilm President) Kathleen Kennedy saw their work at Celebration Europe II, in Essen, Germany. “Every day we went to work with a smile on our face,” Lee told the crowds at The Force Awakens presentation. “It was brilliant… JJ gave the request for some new [ droid] domes. So we created a new dome that JJ was happy with.” That dome, the RO, was modified into the white ROLO dome – the LO for Lee and Oliver. “There was never a costly droid delay,” laughed Abrams, “so we were very grateful.”
The Force Awakens’ biggest scene- stealer is BB- 8, best known as the “Ball Droid”. “We talked originally about how to best have BB- 8 in the film,” explains Abrams. “And there were a lot of discussions about how having a CG
Never mind the Emperor, heeeeere’s JJ!