FU­TURE THE of the force

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Star wars -

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!

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