UPDATE: It has since been revealed that Adam Driver will be playing the hooded bad guy Kylo Ren. Gwendoline Christie is portraying Captain Phasma (aka the "Chrometrooper"), a member of the First Order, the new evil Empire in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Meanwhile, Lupita N'yongo will be playing CGI pirate Maz Kanata.
May the Fourth brings a closer look at the new Star Wars film as Vanity Fair goes inside the filming of Episode VII, The Force Awakens.
In a behind-the-scenes video shoot, fans get their first look at Adam Driver, Lupita Nyong’o, and Game of Thrones actress Gwendoline Christie. The characters for all three actors have been shrouded in mystery while many suspect that Driver’s character will be from the dark side -- and considering the all-black cloak, it’s a fair assumption.
In the 45-second video, Nyong’o -- who won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for 12 Years a Slave -- is seen wearing motion capture equipment suggesting her character might be CGI.
However, don’t expect another Jar Jar Binks situation. In the new issue, director J.J. Abrams jokes about killing off the controversial character. “I have a thought about putting Jar Jar Binks’ bones in the desert there,” he tells Vanity Fair. “I’m serious! Only three people will notice, but they’ll love it.”
Now that’d be a spoiler we’d all could get behind. Check out the film's new stars, John Boyega and Daisy Ridley, on the cover with Harrison Ford and Chewbacca.