JJ Abrams Star Wars

There have been some exciting official announcements concerning ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ this week, but it seems like the unofficial news seems to be getting just as much attention. TMZ exclusively shared pictures from the J.J. Abrams’ usually top-secret sets that feature what looks like a Tatooine marketplace and the Millennium Falcon, among other things. Now, the director has responded to the leaks in a stern, yet clever way.

Earlier today, the director shared a note via the Bad Robot Twitter account voicing his displeasure with the leaked set photos and claiming that reports of Han Solo’s iconic ship appearing in the upcoming film is “ridiculous”:

Abrams’ cleverness comes in when you look closely at that table his note is presented on. Obviously, that’s the holochess board as seen in the “Let the Wookie Win” scene from ‘A New Hope’. To refresh your memory, here’s the scene I’m talking about:

It’s interesting to note that Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy previously mentioned that this ‘Star Wars’ film would be less secretive than the usual “mystery box” productions that Abrams tends to build around his projects. But naturally they couldn’t have been happy about the photos, so to give us this exclusive look inside the legendary vessel is not only a cool way to acknowledge the leaks, but also a big step for the filmmaker since it’s more than we’d usually get with him.

What do you think about J.J. Abrams’ message to those leaking ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ set pictures? Are you excited about this confirmation that we’ll be aboard the Millennium Falcon again (even though it pretty much went without saying when Harrison Ford and Peter Mayhew were announced as part of the cast)? Sound off in the comments.

‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ starring John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker premieres on December 18, 2015.