Among the information carried by the Vanity Fair's online piece on the photoshoot and film is final confirmation that Adam Driver (Girls) is playing the villainous Kylo Ren, and, much more interestingly, we know that Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years A Slave) is playing a pirate named Maz Kanata and that her character will be brought to life using CGI based on her performance capture work.
Elsewhere in the article J.J. Abrams jokes about the fate of one particularly controversial character ("I have a thought about putting Jar Jar Binks' bones in the desert there." Abrams says about a shot from the film. "I'm serious! Only three people will notice, but they'll love it") and talking about the note he gave Harrison Ford on playing Han Solo this time. "I knew that he had done in some movies a kind of more growly thing, and I didn't want Han to be growly," he says. "There was a fire in his eyes that you see in the movie."
For more images, head here and you can also watch a making of the photoshoot below.
Written by Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan (Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes), the film stars Star Wars veterans Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Kenny Baker, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and new saga arrivals Adam Driver, Lupita Nyong'o, John Boyega (Attack The Block), Daisy Ridley (Silent Witness), Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis), Andy Serkis (Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes), Domhnall Gleeson (About Time), Gwendoline Christie (Game Of Thrones), Max von Sydow (Shutter Island), Christina Chong (W.E.), Crystal Clarke and Pip Anderson.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens arrives on 18 December.