Star Wars: The Force Awakens is awakening! Can you feel it? We're in the home stretch now, and nothing makes that more finite than the first EW Magazine issue completely devoted to the return of this epic space opera. These exciting new images give us a fresh look at Harrison Ford as Han Solo along with new comers John Boyega as Finn and Daisy Ridley as Rey. The droids R2-D2 and C-3PO are getting in on the mix as well, with each of the characters getting their own cover. We also have two exciting new pictures of Han both in character, and on set chatting with director J.J. Abrams.
The Force Awakens was created over a three-year span of time that has left fans breathlessly awaiting every little morsel they can get their hands on. Now, those same fans are about to receive the motherload. Especially when it comes to this week's EW. This issue completely covers the film's journey to the big screen, and how J.J. Abrams overcame insurmountable odds to bring it to life. They also have an exclusive chat with Harrison Ford, which promises to shed some new light on his iconic character.
This double-issue from EW will track the origins of George Lucas' decision to sell the Star Wars property and LucasFilm to Disney. They will also look at how the artists and storytellers involved with this iconic franchise have set out to tell a new story for a completely different generation. We'll also get to learn how this team came up with new new creatures, locations, and characters.
All of the major players have contributed to this compelling behind-the-scenes story. But one thing you might not find are a lot of spoilers. J.J. Abrams does crack open the illusive mystery box a tiny bit, hinting at a few never-before-heard character details. We'll learn new background info on Lupita Nyong'o alien pirate Maz Kanata. A new name for Princess Leia will be revealed. And there will be a complete breakdown of the Death Star-like structure known as the Starkiller Base.
What we won't learn is anything at all about Luke Skywalker and his whereabouts. As we've heard, changes are, we won't see the Jedi Master until the film opens on December 18. But, Mark Hamill does show up for an interview. As do newcomers John Boyega and Daisy Ridley. We'll also get to see more about the making of BB-8, and find out just who this Jakku alien huckster Bobbajo truly is. There will be costume info and a go-to 1 minute guide to all the previous Star Wars movies so that you can be completely caught up when you head into Star Wars: The Force Awakens this Christmas season.
EW will also explore the idea of the Star Wars canon and the 'expanded universe', which shrank considerably once Disney stepped into the fold. Find out which stories make up the true legends and which are now just considered myths. Even though Han Solo says all of it's true, that's not necessarily the case. While we await more from this giant magazine issue, take a look at the four exciting collector's covers along with the new photos of Han Solo. The magazine will be on store shelves this Friday. And between now and then, prepare for a tsunami of Star Wars information. It'll be more than enough to make your ears bleed.