J.J. Abrams' film productions are shrouded in secrecy. Despite this, he is known for his tendency to drop "Easter Eggs" into promotional imagery to taunt fans. The latest Star Wars: Episode VII press release is no exception:
1. Han Solo's Progeny
There's one fact we know for sure: Harrison Ford will be reprising a particularly large role in Episode VII. With that in mind, pay close attention to the knowing, almost fatherly, glance that Ford appears to be throwing Star Wars newcomer, John Boyega across the room. Does it look familiar?
You bet your ass it does.
2. Bryan Burk Conspiracy
Despite all of Episode VII's secrecy measures, every Death Star has its reactor core. For J.J., it's producer Bryan Burk. In the lower right hand corner, you may notice this bizarre shape:
To the casual observer, this may seem like nothing-- a cluster of grayscale pixels. However, when observed in the right light, the clue reveals itself: it's producer Bryan Burk laughing. Exposing two key Ep. 7 details: 1. Burk is producing, and 2. we can expect a laugh or two.
3. CODEWORD: KARLSTAD
Look at the above promotional photo. I mean really look at this photo. What do you see? Actors. A robot. Walls. Good. But do you notice anything else? No? How about sofas?
After positively ID-ing the objects the actors appear to be sitting on as sofas, we cross-referenced these with several catalogs until we found a match: Karlstad Ikea sofas. This confirms a popular fan theory that Abrams is pursuing the "Karlstad" story-line that many fans find apocryphal. For those unfamiliar, in this arc, shortly after destroying the Death Star, Luke returns to Toshi Station where he works as a cart checker at a local IKEA.
4. Return of a Fan Favorite
In early press releases, Abrams promised the return of several fan favorites from the franchise. This photo confirms speculation that Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, and Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) would be returning. However, it unknowingly confirms one character that's sure to get diehard fans excited.
Observe this script in the lower left-hand corner that Anthony Daniels (C-3PO) mistakenly flashes for the camera:
After rendering this image, it revealed this bit of script:
EXT. SARLACC PIT - NIGHT
Smoke billows out of the Sarlacc pit. The great beast has Han Solo Jr. and Jeff Skywalker cornered.
Our heroes face certain doom.
HELP. CHRIST, SOMEONE HELP US!
A shadowy figure emerges from the darkness. The figure extinguishes a cigarette, and props a gun up on his broad powerful shoulders.
Finally his face reveals-
JAR JAR BINKS
Meesa here to help!
5. WHAT IS THIS THING???
Behind Harrison Ford's head, you'll notice a crate containing a strange mechanical object. No idea what this shit is, but maybe it's involved?