Over the past couple of days, TMZ and a few other places have posted “leaked” photos from Star Wars: Episode VII, showing some practical creatures that the production has built and, much to the delight of fans, shots of the Millennium Falcon in a sound stage. It’s been common knowledge for Star Wars geeks that the Falcon would return in Episode VII, but these photos got a lot of people excited because it confirmed what they already knew. There’s been speculation that JJ Abrams is responsible for the “leaks,” since they’re showing fans the practical effects and nostalgic pieces of Star Wars lore that they want to see, and now Abrams has taken to Bad Robot’s Twitter account to address the photos personally in a handwritten letter. Check out his photo below:
— Bad Robot (@bad_robot) June 4, 2014
For half a second, I actually believed that he was serious with this. But since this is Star Wars we’re talking about, and Abrams is a relatively playful guy, you’ll notice that his letter is sitting on what looks like a dart board. But that’s no dart board – that’s a Dejarik board, the hologram table on which C3P0 and Chewbacca played a game in the original Star Wars film.
And in case you’ve forgotten, that board is actually on board the Millennium Falcon, Han Solo’s infamous ship that made the Kessel run in under 12 parsecs. So this is basically Abrams’ sneaky way of confirming to the hardcore fans that once and for all, yes – the Falcon will be in Episode VII. Looks like those set photos were real leaks after all – otherwise, there’d be no point in Abrams releasing this picture now.
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