More STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS pics reveal new character details

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Just when you were done with May the 4th, BAM! Revenge of the Fifth! So following on from yesterday‘s behind-the-scenes look, Vanity Fair have debuted a brand new set of images courtesy of their Star Wars: The Force Awakens photoshoot with legendary photographer Annie Liebowitz. And if yesterday’s pics hinted at the identities of certain characters, this time they outright confirm it and reveal even more!

As many suspected after yesterday’s pic, Adam Driver is indeed playing the crossguard lightsaber wielding villain Kylo Ren, confirmed now by VF’s new pic of the actor.

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What’s most interesting though is that according to VF, the pic shows “Next-generation bad guy Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) [commanding] snowtroopers loyal to the evil First Order on the frozen plains of their secret base”. This is the first hint we’ve seen yet that Kylo Ren and the First Order – the new name of the Empire; the Rebels are now the Resistance – are actually working together. Up until now, early script rumours had suggested that Ren is some kind of heretic operating alone, but that may not be the case.

A new pic taken from the actual magazine spread (courtesy of French fan site Star Wars Universe) also confirms that the chrome Stormtrooper (Chrometrooper?) seen briefly in the latest trailer is indeed the character Captain Phasma played by Gwendoline Christie.

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They also elaborated on Lupita Nyong’s motion-capture attire, confirming that she will be playing an all-CG character named Maz Kanata. A different pic, showing a menagerie of alien looking characters, is described as “Galactic travelers, smugglers, and other assorted riffraff [who] fill the main hall of pirate Maz Kanata’s castle”. A pirate with a castle? That’s certainly new for Star Wars movies!

Here are the rest of the pics, which includes a peek at part of the Star Wars Brain Trust in composer John Williams, producer and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, co-writer Lawrence Kasdan, and director and co-writer Abrams.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens on December 18, 2015

 

Last Updated: May 5, 2015

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