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5 New Things We Learned About "Star Wars: The Force Awakens"

From the Vanity Fair cover story.

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The June issue of Vanity Fair features the cast of the upcoming Star Wars film, The Force Awakens, as well as some new details from the set.

The story was revealed on May the fourth (be with you).
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The story was revealed on May the fourth (be with you).

Here is what we've learned so far:

1. Adam Driver is playing Kylo Ren.

It has long been rumored that Driver will play Kylo Ren, aka "the hooded guy in black." He is even seen in the trailer holding the three-pronged lightsaber, though it is difficult to identify Driver as the one under the cloak in that shot. According to the VF article, his allegiance lies with the evil First Order.

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2. The article also confirmed reports that the Empire is now called the First Order, and the Rebel Alliance is now called the Resistance.

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3. Lupita Nyong’o’s character, Maz Kanata, will be CGI.

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So while Nyong'o is in the film, viewers won't actually see her face. Little is still known about Maz, but according to VF, she's a pirate with her own castle.

4. J.J. Abrams considered killing off Jar Jar Binks.

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The director reveals in the interview that he considered doing away with what is arguably the most hated character in the franchise, saying, "I have a thought about putting Jar Jar Binks' bones in the desert there. I'm serious! Only three people will notice, but they'll love it." So true, Abrams.

5. We need an Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron photo shoot to happen immediately.

Beyond excited for the Coen Brothers’ “Star Wars” movie. (Photo from brand-new issue of @VanityFair!)

The only glimpse we'd received of the Poe character was a quick, intense shot of him from the second teaser, but the photo of Oscar Isaac's Resistance pilot hanging off an X-Wing has us waiting for a 2016 Force Awakens calendar. Please and thank you.

Here is a behind-the-scenes look at the VF photo shoot.