With Disney's D23 Expo just around the corner, things are about to heat up for "Star Wars" fans. In fact, they're already heating up, thanks to a massive feature on "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" published by Entertainment Weekly today, including a bevy of new photos from the movie, like this one:
Yes, that's old pal C-3PO, with a brand new red arm. I think it's pizza sauce-flavored because I am eating it up and I am LOVING IT. There's more where that came from, too.
In addition to the pics, there's a whole bunch of quotes from J.J. Abrams and Lucasfilm's Kathleen Kennedy about why Abrams signed on for "The Force Awakens," and what we should start expecting to see from the movie. It turns out that Abrams was drawn to the "Star Wars" universe through a simple four-word question: "Who is Luke Skywalker?" Turns out, the answer's not so simple.
"The themes and ideas that we all continue to talk about are the themes and ideas that were the inherent in the original movies," Kennedy tells EW. "We're looking, obviously, for aspiration, for characters who are conflicted between good and evil, dark and light."
Ominous words indeed, especially when applied to Luke, the son of one of the most promising Jedi in the history of the galaxy — a promise that broke bad under the weight of the Sith. Many fans have speculated that Luke could follow his father's dark footsteps come "The Force Awakens," and Kennedy's commentary adds further fuel to that fire, if viewed in a certain light. For instance, another Kennedy quote: "George spoke often about that tension in everybody between what's good and bad." Yikes. Scary words when applied to anyone named Skywalker.
For my money, there's another interesting bit that lends credence to the Luke-Goes-Vader theorists: Lawrence Kasdan, "Empire Strikes Back" writer and one of the storytellers responsible for "The Force Awakens," tells EW about his interest in exploring what life is like for the original "Star Wars" characters, 30 years since last we saw them: "Age does not necessarily bring wisdom; it just brings experience."
Who knows exactly what kind of experiences Luke endured in the years between "Return of the Jedi" and "The Force Awakens," but we DO know something about Mark Hamill's experiences in those years — namely, that he went from playing one of the most iconic heroes in pop culture history, to becoming the defining voice of one of our biggest villains: The Joker.
I don't know about you, but when I put Luke's family flaw, Hamill's proven ability to transform himself into a legendary monster, and these new "Star Wars" quotes into a blender, I'm very worried about the Skywalker shake that comes out.