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We've known for a while that Brienne of Tarth actress Gwendoline Christie would be in Star Wars VII, but Vulture is reporting her role is that of the Chrome Trooper.  Not much is known about this character, but if it is Gwendoline under there, here's hoping we get to see her without the chrome dome too.

Game of Thrones has already got the hand ampuation thing down; maybe Jaime can join Brienne for an epic saber fight?



Hey, a fan can dream, right?

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Noober Goober Gaming has recreated the entire new Star Wars VII trailer in 16-bit, old school SNES-esque style!

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More New Star Wars Clips, Photos, and News to Drive You Nuts

The Force Awakens in just over a month, and there's no shortage of news, rumors, and set pictures floating around. Today, we've got another new TV spot, a little news about Leia, and a whole slew of new pics.

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Anakin Skywalker was initially set to make an appearance as a ghost in The Force Awakens, but he didn't make the final cut. Maybe it's because he looked so, so creepy.

Why the two-face treatment? According to artist Iain McCaig, it's because Anakin's got both good and evil natures inside him:

When you light a candle, you also cast a shadow. That inspired me to propose, for the first time, that Anakin’s ghost could come back … If we see Anakin Skywalker, because he does flow back and forth between Darth Vader and Anakin, let’s see him as a character with a dark and light side. The reason Luke is this whole new entity is because he was the first to acknowledge his own dark side — that it was not separate from him.


It's unclear what part of the film Anakin could have appeared in, but it's likely he'd either have appeared to Kylo Ren, or alongside other series veterans in Rey's Force vision.

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You know that part at the end of The Force Awakens, after all the bad stuff with Han happens, when Leia and Rey share a slightly awkward, ultimately sweet hug? A lot of people took that moment as a slight towards Chewbacca, whom Leia ultimately shared a much deeper connection with than this girl who she had literally just met. Why wouldn't she go hug the walking carpet, who was standing right there and probably feeling pretty down; did she hate him? The short answer: no. JJ Abrams just messed up the blocking of the scene. In an interview with /Film, he explains: 

That was probably one of the mistakes I made in that. My thinking at the time was that Chewbacca, despite the pain he was feeling, was focused on trying to save Finn and getting him taken care of. So I tried to have Chewbacca go off with him and focus on Rey, and then have Rey find Leia and Leia find Rey. The idea being that both of them being strong with the Force and never having met, would know about each other — that Leia would have been told about her beyond what we saw onscreen and Rey of course would have learned about Leia. And that reunion would be a meeting and a reunion all in one, and a sort of commiseration of their mutual loss.

Had Chewbacca not been where he was, you probably wouldn’t have thought of it. But because he was right there, passed by Leia, it felt almost like a slight, which was definitely not the intention.


So there you have it. Lord of scifi, JJ Abrams, makes mistakes too (and not just lens flares).