Comic-Con: Star Wars panel dazzles

Comic-Con reached a fever pitch Friday evening as the Star Wars:The Force Awakens panel began in Hall H. Right off the bat the moderator Chris Hardwick exclaimed to the audience that they were going to see some special things tonight. Moments later J.J. Abrams took the stage along with Kathleen Kennedy and Lawrence Kasdan  to a thunderous roar of approval. Then J.J. Abrams dropped a huge #SDCC surprise and told the crowd that he had a cut of the movie.


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This of course brought the crowd to it’s feet. J.J. claims that he has a cut of the movie finished and he is right now “tweaking” it. Here is another shot !


Of course they could n’t just have cuts of the movie to show.



J.J. Abrams then went directly into a behind the scenes video that focused on Han Solo and Princess Leia. This is the first time we have seen Carrie Fisher back in the role that shot her into super stardom.

Then Hardwick turned his attention towards a Question and Answer session.

The issue of racial diversity came up in the Q and A. J.J. Abrams said that he wanted to cast the movie so it would reflect the diverse world that we live in today.

It was revealed that actor Domnhall Gleeson will be playing a villian in the movie named General Hux. The mood quickly switched as the showed another clip that gave us a good look at Kylo Ren.

They even let us in on the name of some of the new technology in The Force Awakens.

and then a lady who needed no introduction joined the panel

Who was quickly joined by this guy.

and then this guy brought the house down

Harrison Ford was the last to join the panel and was asked how it felt to play Han Solo again.

Harrison Ford was asked if he ever envisioned that he would do another Star Wars.

Overall this panel dazzled from beginning to end and gave Star Wars fans exactly what they were hoping for.

Dewey Singleton - Film Critic
Dewey Singleton - Film Critic
I'm a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and have been doing reviews for many years. My views on film are often heard in markets such as Atlanta, Houston, and satellite radio. My wife often tolerates my obsession for all things film related and two sons are at an age now where 'Trolls' is way cooler than dad. Follow me on twitter @mrsingleton.