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New ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Images Tease the Passing of the Torch

Can you believe that Star Wars: The Force Awakens is now just two weeks away? It seems like we were just talking about the announcement of brand new films being made, and now the first one is right around the corner from being released, with another three (THREE) in production/development. But, let’s get back to The Force Awakens.

Just when we thought the marketing campaign for the film would be slowing down a bit ahead of its release, it seems we were just completely off. It’s now Rolling Stone‘s turn to cover the film and as part of their story, they’ve released a handful of new images for the universe’s biggest movie, one answering a question we’ve been asking from the beginning. For months now, we’ve been hearing (and speculating) that Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren has some kind of obsession with the late, great Darth Vader – one of the new images below wraps that up in one geeky little bow. The images also include new looks at Harrison Ford’s Han Solo, Daisy Ridley’s Rey, John Boyega’s Finn, Oscar Isaac’s Poe Dameron, and that cute little BB-8.

As you can see above, it’s very clear that Kylo Ren is in fact the holder of Vader’s mask (head?). Until this photo was released, the possibility of Luke having possession of it was just as much as a possibility of Kylo, but it makes sense that Kylo would have it. If everything ends up as we think, the Knights of Ren (Kylo being their leader) are fanatics of the epic Sith Lord, even possibly hunting down legendary Sith relics from the past. There’s even the chance that he’s an avid Vader follower because he found out that Vader isn’t just the Sith of all Sith’s, but also his Grandfather.

The Rolling Stone story isn’t to revealing – which is just right – but they did reveal a little tidbit from Han Solo Himself. Harrison Ford had this to say about the script from J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan:

“Nine times out of 10, J.J. was dead-on with it. You know, it doesn’t feel right in your mouth, and you try a couple of other things, and then you say, ‘You know what? You’re right.’ And ‘Chewie, we’re home’ – which he says is an important moment in the story – “is manifestly better than ‘We’re home, Chewie,’ or a couple of the other options that I tried.”

And while everyone is praising the glorious work that Abrams has done, Lucasfilm President says that even he would go a little overboard with creativity:

“[Abrams] is a fountain of ideas, nonstop. In fact, it usually exhausts everybody else around him. He’s endlessly curious, and he wants to try things, and then you finally have to say, ‘All right, we’re running out of time, you have to make a decision!'”

Star Wars: The Force Awakens lands in theaters on December 18th, 2015. Directed by J.J. Abrams starring Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Max von Sydow.

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