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Star Wars Comic-Con 2015 Panel – What We Learned

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Chris Hardwick moderated the Star Wars 2015 Comic-Con panel in Hall H at the San Diego Convention Center. To quote Mr. Hardwick, “You’re not going to be disappointed..I can’t tell you how emotional and special this is for me.” This was very true indeed.

Joey Saade
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I wanted to get this out as soon as possible. Here is what we learned at the panel this evening.

  • The next trailer will not be ready until the fall.
  • Abrams stated that practical creature effects “helped the entire process look and feel like it was on the screen because it was.”
  • Kathleen Kennedy says Rogue One will start shooting in 3 weeks
  • Simon Pegg is in the movie as an alien stating “My life is now complete.”
  • There is a red tinted Tie Fighter in the film that looks like the toy that was revealed earlier today.
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  • Leia appears to look like she is a commanding officer in the Resistance.
  • JJ Abrams stated that they did not write the characters to be of specific color, they are proud of who they ended up with.
  • Domnhall Gleeson’s character name is General Hux.
Picture by Marcelo Córdova
Photo by Marcelo Córdova
  • General Hux is in charge of the main First Order base which is called Starkiller Base.
  • All three of the original cast made it to Comic Con including….. HARRISON FORD!!
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Photo by Allie Astrocyte
  • Guests of Hall H were treated to a special Star Wars Concert.
  • Kevin Doyle, who lost his wife to cancer, finished his tribute walk from Rancho Obi-Wan to the Stage at Hall H.

So appears that the original cast truly enjoyed returning to this franchise. I am excited to see the new cast on film. The villains look amazing! Abrams definitely seems like he is putting as much love and attention he can in this film. December 18th can not get here soon enough!

Slade started Temple of Geek in 2012 with his friend as a podcast. Since then, it has become a lot more. His obsessions are Transformers, Star Wars, Classic Video Games, Superheroes, and comedies.

Slade’s life was turned to the Darkside when his father gave him a gift in 1985. He was presented with the leader of the Decepticons, Megatron. Since then, Slade has become a collector of the robots in disguise.

The only other thing that comes close to Slade’s love of Transformers is Star Wars. He has met a few of the cast over the years. Slade’s one goal in life is to meet with George Lucas and just discuss movies with him.