Star Wars Vanity Fair Digest

As you’ve probably heard by now, the cover of the issue of Vanity Fair that has just come out features Rey, Finn, Han Solo, Chewbacca, and BB-8. On May the 4th an exclusive gallery of The Force Awakens photos shot by Annie Leibovitz went up on their website. And now the full cover story is also available online in case you haven’t been able to find a copy. It took several tries to find mine.

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But since then more web-exclusive interviews have appeared, and they’re with some of our favorite behind-the-scenes Star Wars people here at FANgirl so we wanted to make sure you didn’t miss them.

Extended J.J. Abrams Interview: This one talks about recapturing the spirit of the originals, sense of humor, and making other film references in Star Wars.

Lawrence Kasdan Says There’s a Future for Lando Calrissian in Star Wars: The interview is about way more than the title indicates, but that’s fairly true for all of these. They talk about how he got involved in the world of Star Wars, bringing George’s ideas into the process, and the passage of time.

How Apple Inspired the Stormtroopers of Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Finally we get to hear from Michael Kaplan, the costume designer for The Force Awakens. There’s talk of his work on Blade Runner, his costuming approach, and what updates have been made. No, he does not tell us where they sourced Rey’s backpack.

First Order Stormtroopers
The new First Order Stormtroopers. Courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures.

What Star Wars: The Force Awakens Producer Kathleen Kennedy Learned From Working With a Teenage J.J. Abrams: She talks here about making personal connections as well as group experiential connections with Star Wars. There’s also a bit on filmmakers making the films they want to make and the series of events that lead to her crossing paths with J.J. Abrams for the first time. Basically, Kathleen Kennedy is fantastic.

John Williams Says His New Star Wars Score Will Include the Original Themes: Williams beautifully describes his approach to scoring a new Star Wars movie and then kindly answers a random question that was of personal interest to the interviewer.

What It’s Like to Be Lucasfilm’s Resident Star Wars Geek: Story group member and creative executive Pablo Hidalgo gives a quick history of how his job developed, explains how the previous books are now Star Wars Legends, and gives a bit more insight on how George Lucas gave direction for post-Return of the Jedi Star Wars stories.

If you’d like to learn more about J.J. Abrams, Lawrence Kasdan, or Kathleen Kennedy, check out the following episodes of our podcast Hyperspace Theories:

Kay grew up wanting to be an astronaut. After seeing Star Wars, she wanted to be Princess Leia, Han Solo, and an astronaut. A voice actor, photographer, and artist who also consults in communications and marketing, Kay spends the little bit of free time she has reading, reviewing, and, of course, making pew pew noises. She would pick up more jobs, hobbies, and fitness routines if she was a Time Lord. You can follow her on Twitter.



She grew up wanting to be an astronaut. After seeing Star Wars, she wanted to be Princess Leia, Han Solo, and an astronaut. Life’s taken her on a bit of a different path, but she’s okay with that. Kay is FANgirl's resident geek fashion expert and co-host of the Hyperspace Theories podcast. She reviews books and movies for the site with a heart for storytelling and a mind that likes to analyze. Kay's been a guest on various podcasts sharing her love and knowledge of storytelling, film-making, fashion, and of course, Star Wars. Most days are filled with her work as a creative services professional - designing websites & branding, photographing, voice acting, editing, and more. Kay spends the little bit of free time she has reading, costuming, and, of course, making pew pew noises. She would pick up more jobs and hobbies if she was a Time Lord.