J.J. Abrams Confirms No Star Wars: The Force Awakens Footage at D23

Posted by at 10:46 am on August 12, 2015


Disney’s D23 Expo is this weekend, and though they’re set to reveal a whole slew of details about their slate of films, one thing they won’t be showing is new Star Wars: The Force Awakens footage.

“We are showing no footage, behind the scenes or otherwise,” director J.J. Abrams tells EW. “In the fall, there’ll be a trailer…We’re thrilled to go to D23 and meet the fans, but it’s a tricky thing to try and rush [footage] for a convention or preexisting event that would, of course, be fun to show something at.”

Abrams also took the time to disclose where they’re at in post-production on the film, adding: “I’m still editing and we’re working on refining the cut, but it’s incredibly fun to see the movie come together. You realize certain things that you don’t need, certain things you can pull out.”

Though no footage will be shown at the event, it’s entirely possible for a new poster or images to make their world premiere, so check back here on Saturday at 10:30 A.M. PST as we live blog the “Worlds, Galaxies, and Universes: Live Action at The Walt Disney Studios” panel!

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi, and features a new generation of swashbuckling heroes and shadowy villains, as well as the return of fan-favorite smugglers, princesses, and Jedi.

Starring Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie, Crystal Clarke, Pip Anderson, Christina Chong and Miltos Yerolemou, the J.J. Abrams-directed film will debut in theaters on December 18, 2015.

It will be followed on December 16, 2016 by Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One, Star Wars: Episode VIII on May 26, 2017, and the Han Solo anthology movie on May 25, 2018. No release dates have been announced for Star Wars: Episode IX and the third anthology movie.

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