I’m going with quotation marks because at this point, I don’t think that a lot of the information is escaping without the knowledge of JJ and team. A user going by themilleniumfalcon has uploaded a whole bunch of pictures of Episode 7 concept art to Imagr. I’ve pulled them here in case they cease to be there. This is the same guy who leaked the pictures of the Stormtrooper helmet awhile back. Be warned, unfounded opinions, references to crazy rumors, and generally blurry pictures of things that may or may not end up in the movie.
Take this one with a big heaping pile of salt, but Indie Revolver is reporting a first-look at the upcoming Storm Trooper helmets from Episode VII. The biggest reason I say salt is the “reliable sources” quote, which strikes me as a bit too Cardassian way of dodging a question.
A few questions for me on this one. The first is why there are still Storm Troopers and what not thirty years after the Empire was pretty wrecked. I’m hoping that they actually just explain it, and don’t just go all Enterprise on us and say “it’s later, nothing has changed.” The helmet itself is very Storm Trooper, yet seems kind of… odd. I don’t have a good reason for thinking that, it just feels like it’s weird. Maybe it’s the giant nasal strip over the middle, maybe it’s the big ole forehead.
They also provided a different one, that could be desert or snow trooper variations. Almost looks like a snow trooper, but backdrop says sand. Maybe this is the new peacekeeping or Republic variety… who knows. Either way, it’s a safe bet we’ll be getting a lot of new Storm Trooper minifigs next year. It’s LEGO, so expect them in a variety of colors and for the regular guy to only show up in a very expensive set.
An additional picture also surfaced without the watermark, and has a few additional molding details to the prop replica. Anyone else have thoughts on this thing?
StarWars.com has announced the cast list for Episode VII, because they are actually pretty bad at keeping secrets over there. While some places are calling it a full cast list, unless the budget for a film like this has become stunningly small, there are obviously a lot more bit and minor parts out there. For those wondering, it has most of the originals… Hammil, Ford, Fisher, Mayhew (who we knew about), Baker, and Daniels. Getting both Kenny Baker and Anthony Daniels is kind of interesting, given that Baker has made it clear that he just despises his golden buddy in real life. Conspicuously absent from the list? Colt .45 himself, Mr. Billy Dee Williams. I find your lack of Lando disturbing…
John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow all join the original cast. I wonder what sort of alien Serkis is going to play for the motion capture… because he never gets cast as himself. The rest I really don’t know, and have no real opinions on who they are. The original featured unknowns, save Alec Guinness and Peter Cushing, and that worked out, so who knows. Thoughts? I’m sure we’ll be awash in more info as the Dec 19, 2015 release date creeps closer.