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Billie Lourd, Carrie Fisher’s daughter is in Star Wars: The Force Awakens – with Princess Leia’s Hairdo!

People Magazine have just released the first look at Billie Lourd’s character in The Force Awakens. Billie Lourd has said she’s not playing Princess Leia’s daughter in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, even though she’s the real-life daughter of Carrie Fisher, but as these first look images of  her top-secret character reveals, she has at least inherited Leia’s hairdo, also we see the first images of PZ4CO, nicknamed “Peazy,” a protocol droid for the Resistance.

Lourd revealed in People magazine she had an obsession with the original movie when she was growing up.  “I made [my mom] watch it at least once a week – and on special occasions I would make her get in a lightsaber fight with me, Let’s just say the more trained Jedi usually won.”

Billie is a costars on the Fox TV show Scream Queens, and says her mom’s portrayal of Leia has long been an inspiration for her.

“When I saw the [original] movie for the first time, I noticed my mom was not only equally as confident and strong as the men, she was one of the most confident characters in the entire film,” Lourd says. “It made me realize women are just as powerful as men and that we can truly do anything they can – if not more!”

…A proud daughter, and I bet her Mum is also!!

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‘NEW’ Force Awakens Promo Images

Some interesting images Star Wars: The Force Awakens images have surfaced which give us new look at the cast of characters, including Rey, Poe, BB-8, Chewbacca, Leia and Han Solo, as well as an epic new shot of General Hux, Kylo Ren and Captain Phasma on the bridge of the Finalizer Star Destroyer.

BB-8 and Rey witnessing the First Order arriving for the Battle of Takodana.

Rey with what looks like a Rebel X-Wing Pilot’s helmet at her side next to a downed AT-AT Walker from the Battle of Jakku.

General Hux, Kylo Ren and Captain Phasma on the bridge of the Finalizer Star Destroyer.

Also released is this new BB-8 Poster to sit alongside the recently released Poe Dameron Poster.

The Force Awakens Motion Posters

We are now in single figure days until Star Wars: The Force Awakens lands, and Disney and Lucasfilm have released a set new motion poster entitled ‘Destiny Awakens’, which features John Boyega’s Finn and ‘Darkness Awakens’ with Adam Driver’s Kylon Ren; check them out below as Gifs, plus the HD YouTube links.

Star Wars The Force Awakens - Kylo Ren Motion Poster
Star Wars The Force Awakens – Kylo Ren Motion Poster Darkness Awakens
Star Wars The Force Awakens - Finn Motion Poster
Star Wars The Force Awakens – Finn Motion Poster Destiny Awakens

HD YouTube Versions

The Force Awakens Armoury

“Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid.”

Whatever their fictional origins, the weaponry props of Star Wars were inspired by objects from our world, like the lightsabre “an elegant weapon from a more civilized age”  in fact Luke Lightsabre was actually a Graflex 3-cell flashgun. The Graflex flashgun held the flash bulbs for a vintage “Speed Graphic” camera from the 1940’s. Obi-Wan Kenobi’s lightsaber was the most complex hilt at the time. It was assembled from parts of an Armitage Shanks Starlite model Handwheel, Browning ANM2 machine gun booster, WWI No.3 Mk.1 British Rifle Grenade and a Rolls-Royce Derwent Mk.8/Mk.9 Jet Engine Balance Pipe. But less of those Hokey religions and ancient weapons, as they are no match for Han Solo’s blaster which is based on the German Mauser pistol. As for those tough-to-aim stormtrooper rifles, they are modeled on the Sterling submachine gun.

Star Wars is all about the fight between the good side and the dark side, and for that you need tools of that war—whether it be a battered X-wing pilot’s helmet or a Wookiee’s bowcaster, check out this amazing gallery of weaponry and armoury for the First Order, Resistance and Maz Kanata’s pirate army.

All Images are © LUCASFILM 2015 _ Source | Wired.com

The First Order Armoury

The armoury of Captain Phasma who will survive The Force Awakens according to recent interview with Kathleen Kennedy, which is awesome news because rumor has it she doesn’t have a huge role this time around, and yet she’s already one of the most popular characters. The Boba Fett of our generation, or as Kennedy said “She’s an important character, a baddie in the best sense of the word.”

Kylo Ren, a member of the Knights of Ren, his lightsaber is a dangerous and rugged design unlike that of a typical saber with it’s crossguard that extends with two miniature blades.

The Resistance Armoury

Luke’s lightsabre, which some say is the catalyst of the The Force Awakens, or as George Lucas would say ‘The MacGuffin

The Outer Rim Gang Kanjiklub’s Armoury

The castle located on the planet Takodana which is owned by the Maz Kanata, a female pirate who is supposed to have lived for over one thousand years and her eyes are covered with goggles, which is rumored to hold special power. The castle has a main hall which is hosted by travelers, smugglers, among others pirates, which we believe these weapons belong to from the Battle of Takodana.

Finding Skywalker

If I was asked what would be my dream photography assignment/project, well what could be more serene than travelling to Tunisia and taking astrophotography over Luke Skywalker’s homestead from the original A New Hope set.  Well it seems hardcore Star Wars fan and photojournalist Gary He got that exact assignment for Wired Magazine. He was tasked with photographing a total six film set locations.

This one is truly a ‘bucket list’ shot for any ardent Star Wars fan with a passion for astronomy and photography…especially me!

A beautifully composed ‘pre-sunset’ shot of The Lars homestead exterior dubbed ‘The Igloo’ on the El-Jerid salt flats in Tunisia

Another stunning photography by Gary He, all you have to do with this one is pipe up the John Williams Binary Sunset theme and just imagine two suns, and it’s almost like you’re there.

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