18 New Star Wars: The Force Awakens Photos, Plus New Details on The First Order

New The Force Awakens photos and details released

18 new photos from the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens have been released online (via EW), reveaing some interesting new bits about sequences we’ve seen in the film’s trailers. Check out The Force Awakens photos in the gallery below!

In addition, some new details about the film’s “First Order” have been released by the magazine, including the reveal that Gwendoline Christie’s Captain Phasma was originally designed as a look for Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren, but it inspired J.J. Abrams to create a new character.

“I just thought it would be really cool if we could find someone to play the part who was female, and I’m a fan of Game of Thrones; Gwendoline is in that show, [The Force Awakens casting director] Nina Gold casts it, she knew Gwendoline, obviously. We were very lucky to get to have her in the movie. She’s not in many scenes, but her presence is powerfully felt when she’s there.”

Furthermore, John Boyega revealed an interesting detail about the First Order’s indoctrination of their Stormtroopers, who are born to serve in their army and taught about none other than Luke Skywalker, who he has been told his entire life “was a villain who destroyed the benevolent Empire.”

Opening in theaters on December 18, 2015, 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.

Directed by J.J. Abrams, the highly-anticipated movie stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Max Von Sydow. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk are producing with Tommy Harper and Jason McGatlin serving as executive producers. The screenplay is by Lawrence Kasdan & J.J. Abrams and Michael Arndt.