New Star Wars: The Force Awakens Photos, Plus a BB-8 Cover!

Star Wars: The Force Awakens photos go behind-the-scenes

Empire Magazine is back with more Star Wars: The Force Awakens photos, featuring star John Boyega, which you can check out below. In addition, they’ve revealed their subscribers’ cover that features none other than BB-8, the adorable new droid from the upcoming film.

“J.J. wanted something rolling on a sphere, so I tried a lot of different designs developing that idea,” concept designer Christian Alzmann says. “He would give direction on the kinds of shapes to use, and that led to a personality for the droid. Of course, the original sketch had very pleasing, round shapes, so you kind of figured it wasn’t going to be a very serious or angry character. Ultimately, BB-8 developed out of a back-and-forth process with J.J. where he gave feedback on each iteration of the design.”

You can read an extensive behind-the-scenes piece on the making of BB-8 by clicking here.

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 OneStar 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.