Hey Star Wars fans, I am travelling this week, but I’m still hoping to be able to cover the breaking Star Wars news whilst away. I thought it might be a good idea to republish some of the editorial that originally ran over on MGFN.co.uk. There are some theories in there, a number of Star Wars Insights and an experiment with the original version of Star Wars A New Hope. This is one of those republished posts. Enjoy
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Some of the following could be considered spoilers. Please proceed with caution.
When the first teaser trailer for Star Wars the Force Awakens hit last November, one of the things I pointed out (I stopped short of saying I had a problem with!) was the shot of the Millennium Falcon performing barrel rolls in the atmosphere as it evades some Tie Fighter. My point was that it didn’t seem like Star Wars to me. Now I think we know why it seems different…
Not so long ago MakingStarWars.net mentioned that they had learned that Rey pilots the Falcon during the IMAX scene from Star Wars The Force Awakens. This would be the scene where the Falcon is fleeing the Tie Fighters in the atmosphere of Jakku, and results in the ship flying through the wreckage of a downed Star Destroyer. Last week at Comic Con we got some of that confirmed in the behind the scenes footage.
In the footage we see actress Daisy Ridley climbing the stairs to a “set” with a reasonably anxious look her face.
Shortly after we get a shot of the Falcon’s cockpit from the inside. The shot from the cockpit reveals the location, a series of portable containers and test. presumably housing graft services of some type.
Now this is the money shot. Here we see Daisy in the pilot seat of the Millennium Falcon, on an animated gimbal being controlled by an engineer nearby.
Now if you look closely at the shot of the Falcon cockpit from the inside you’ll see the IMAX cameras strapped to the gimbal facing in. See below:
So if MSW are correct and we only get one IMAX scene in The Force Awakens and that the scene in question is the scene where the Falcon evades the Ties and enters the ground Star Destroyer, then the Falcon is being piloted by Rey.
The use of a gimbal on an exterior set is clearly to achieve natural lighting on Miss Ridley in the cockpit to really sell the fact that they are in the atmosphere of Jakku. That might explain why this shot from teaser one didn’t feel like Star Wars to me, its because it didn’t feel like Solo flying the Falcon. It might also explain why we get the “Chewy, we’re home.” line in teaser two, because Han and Chewy are finally getting the Falcon back from Rey and Finn.
What do you think of this theory? Will there be more than one IMAX scene in The Force Awakens? How long will Rey have the Falcon? Will Poe be with them when the take it from Solo? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
Thanks for reading,