‘Star Wars: Episode VII': J.J. Abrams on Millennium Falcon leaks

June 04, 2014 | 1:15 p.m.
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Actor Harrison Ford, who was cast as Han Solo in the original "Star Wars" trilogy. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

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Two women have joined the cast of "Star Wars: Episode VII": Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o, left, and Gwendoline Christie.

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"Inside Llewyn Davis" actor Oscar Isaac has been tapped to join the "Star Wars: Episode VII" cast. Click through to see who else scored a role in the film. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

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Actress Daisy Ridley, relatively new to the acting scene, has also landed a role in the upcoming film "Inbetweeners II." (Matthew Brooks)

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Actor Adam Driver, best known for his work in the HBO comedy "Girls." (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

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Actor John Boyega, best known for playing Moses in the sci-fi flick "Attack the Block." (Tim P. Whitby / Getty Images)

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Actor Max von Sydow, who received Academy Award nominations for his work in "Pelle the Conqueror" and "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close." (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

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Irish actor Domhnall Gleeson, who played Bill Weasley in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows." (John Phillips / Invision / Associated Press)

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Actor Andy Serkis, best known for motion capture acting for roles such as Gollum in "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, and Caesar in "Rise of the Planet of the Apes." (Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images)

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Actress Carrie Fisher, best known for her portrayal of Princess Leia in the original trilogy. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

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Actor Mark Hamill, best known for his portrayal of Luke Skywalker in the original trilogy. (Stephanie Cornfield / For the Times)

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Actor Anthony Daniels, best known as C-3PO in the original "Star Wars" trilogy. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

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Actor Kenny Baker, best known for portraying "Star Wars" robot R2-D2, left, and actor Peter Mayhew, best known for portraying Chewbacca in the original trilogy. (Keith Hamshere / Lucasfilm Ltd)

When Han Solo returns to the silver screen in “Star Wars: Episode VII” late next year, it looks as if he’ll still be able to make the Kessel Run in 12 parsecs.

Responding to a series of leaked photos from the set of the next installment in the “Star Wars” series, director J.J. Abrams might have confirmed the appearance of the Millennium Falcon in the 2015 blockbuster.

“I wish people would stop leaking photos from Episode VII and making ridiculous claims that the Millennium Falcon is in the movie,” tweeted Abrams from the account for his “Bad Robot” film company on Wednesday morning.

Except the note was sitting atop the holo-chess board from the inside of the Falcon. The game board is the site of a near-clash between Chewbacca and R2-D2 in “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope” before C-3PO intervenes and calmly instructs his robot compatriot to “let the Wookiee win.”

Earlier this week, TMZ leaked a series of photos, supposedly taken on set in Abu Dhabi, that revealed a hulking pig creature and several other set pieces from “Star Wars: Episode VII.” On Wednesday morning, the site also claimed to have obtained photos of a half-constructed Millennium Falcon inside a British warehouse.

Scheduled for release in December 2015, the film takes place 30 years after the events of “Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi.”  Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher will return to portray Solo, Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia in the film. Chewbacca and the droids he nearly reduced to rust in the first film will also be back.

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One Response to ‘Star Wars: Episode VII': J.J. Abrams on Millennium Falcon leaks

  1. Mike B says:

    The true genius of JJ will bring a greatly needed fresh outlook and dynamism to a franchise that ran out of steam long, long ago. He has made the hyper-jump to creative awesomeness and, no offense, just the way it is now, made his long-time hero Steven take a back seat to having real imagination and powerful insight into what works and what stands out in this industry–BRAVO, J J.

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