May the Fourth be with you: This week, Vanity Fair will send a ripple across the galaxy with their upcoming cover story on Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The June issue, which surfaces digitally on Thursday, May 7th and on newsstands nationwide Tuesday, May 12th, offers a behind-the-scenes look on the film, which includes many, many secrets from the lips of director J.J. Abrams, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, and several others.
Legendary photographer Annie Leibovitz visited the London set during filming last year to shoot portraits for the magazine, some of which include never-before-seen characters played by Adam Driver, Gwendoline Christie, and Lupita Nyong’o. Already, they’ve started hinting at some of the juicy bits to come like Abrams’ hilarious idea to kill off Jar Jar Binks, as he says: “I have a thought about putting Jar Jar Binks’s bones in the desert there. I’m serious! Only three people will notice, but they’ll love it.”
To keep balance in the Force, they’ve unlocked a short clip that, surprisingly, offers a number of mild spoilers regarding Driver, Nyong’o, and a certain famous ship that two lucky nerf herders appear to be flying. Watch it below and check out the issue’s cover and a number of exclusive photos shortly after — that is, before they’re on every one of your friend’s Facebook profiles.
Christ, can it be December already?
Update: Peter Mayhew, aka Chewbacca himself, tweeted the following photo this afternoon featuring Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma. In other words, the Chrome Trooper from the trailer.