While there was no new trailer shown off at Comic-Con on Friday, J.J. Abrams and company did reveal some new details about The Force Awakens. Among them, we have confirmation that Domhnall Gleeson’s character, General Hux, is evil, and that he’s in charge of the First Order’s new home base, which is called Starkiller. Not quite as ominous as Death Star, but Abrams said it’s an homage to Luke Skywalker’s original last name.
We also got confirmation that Simon Pegg will play an alien character, which is about the perfect role for one of Hollywood’s funniest and most talented actors. The entire cast of the new film was actually in attendance on Friday: Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac,Domhnall Gleeson, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Gwendoline Christie, John Boyega and even Harrison Ford. (No Lupita Nyong’o, however.)
The cast didn’t really unveil much more about the story; mostly they just talked about what it was like to film a Star Wars movie—and one with the original cast no less.
Aside from talking about what it was like be on set, Abrams assured fans that his approach to The Force Awakens has always been about authenticity. To prove it, he brought one of the new character onstage, Bobbajo, which requires five different people to operate. Abrams said they built hundreds of creatures for the film, which is an absolutely astounding number. Many of the characters, I’m sure, will appear in future Star Wars movies.
Finally, it was revealed that Rogue One, the first Star Wars Anthology movie, will begin shooting in three weeks. That film, which is being directed by Gareth Edwards, is set to release on Dec. 16, 2016. The crew onstage said they do have a final cut of The Force Awakens, but that they’re still putting a lot of the pieces together, and won’t even have anything new to show off until the fall, which is likely when the marketing blitz was get underway.