Empire Online has just reported that Abrams made comments that give us a bit of insight into the Star Wars universe after Return of the Jedi.
“Kylo Ren is not a Sith,” confirms JJ Abrams in the new issue of Empire. “He works under Supreme Leader Snoke, who is a powerful figure on the Dark Side of the Force.
That all came out of conversations about what would have happened if the Nazis all went to Argentina but then started working together again?’” Abrams reveals. “What could be born of that? Could The First Order exist as a group that actually admired The Empire? Could the work of The Empire be seen as unfulfilled? And could Vader be a martyr? Could there be a need to see through what didn’t get done?”
Star Wars.com has just revealed that to kick of the reveal of The Force Awakens toys, a worldwide YouTube stream will take place, being aired from various countries at varying times, each revealing a new toy, until the culmination of the day at midnight on what has been dubbed “Force Friday”.
It will certainly generate much enthusiasm among fans.
Author Peter F. Hamiton and Artist Ciruelo Cabral to Be Recognized at Awards Banquet
Dragon Con, Atlanta’s internationally known pop culture, fantasy and sci-fi convention, has selected British science fiction author Peter F. Hamilton and Argentina-born fantasy artist Ciruelo as its Literary and Artist Guests of Honor. Both Guests of Honor are widely renowned in their respective fields and recognized as endlessly creative individuals. They will be recognized at the Guests of Honor Awards Banquet on Saturday, Sept. 5. “We are delighted to have Peter and Ciruelo join us for Dragon Con 2015,” convention co-chair Rachel Reeves said. “For nearly 30 years, we have honored the artists and authors and other creators who bring their incredible imaginations to the worlds of science fiction and fantasy art and literature.”
Hamilton is best known for writing “space operas” – romantic and often melodramatic adventures set mainly or entirely in space. Hamilton’s Fallen Dragon was nominated for both an Arthur C. Clarke Award and John W. Campbell Memorial Award. His short story, “The Suspect Genome” was recognized with a British Science Fiction Award. Born in Rutland, UK, Hamilton still lives there today with his family.
Best known for his paintings of dragons, Ciruelo Cabral (b. Gustavo Cabral) has created book covers for George Lucas, album covers for Steve Vai and other rock acts, and magazine covers for Heavy Metal, Playboy and others. His artwork can also be found on Magic: The Gathering cards. While much of his artwork has been published in nine books including The Book of the Dragon, Ciruelo also pioneered a technique of painting on rocks that have the appearance of sculpture. He currently lives with his family near Barcelona, Spain.
Dragon Con is the internationally known pop culture convention held each Labor Day Weekend (Sept 4- 7, 2015) in Atlanta. Organized for fans, Dragon Con features more than about 3,000 hours of comics, film, television, costuming, art, music and gaming over four days. For more information, please visit www.dragoncon.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter. For more information on Ciruelo Cabral, please http://www.dac-editions.com/. For more information on Peter F. Hamilton, please visit http://www.peterfhamilton.co.uk/.
Via Coming Soon.net (http://www.comingsoon.net/movies/news/475279-new-the-force-awakens-image-features-a-fearsome-kylo-ren#/slide/1), I saw this image from Empire Magazine of Kylo Ren (thank you Woo Kim for pointing it out).
The background scenery, lighting, pose, and feel of the picture reminded me a lot of Satele Shan from the TOR trailer:
~ Bethany Blanton