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What drastic steps does a studio take when they are guarding one of Hollywood’s most anticipated sequels? That’s the question asked and answered repeatedly around the set of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which protected a fair number of its various reveals (or, possibly, all of them… if we are reading false information), but also gave up a number of intriguing details because it’s nearly impossible to keep a blockbuster like that under lock and key.
Take, for instance, the photographs of the Millennium Falcon, which surfaced online months ago after pilots from a neighboring flight school snapped images of the practical set from the skies over London. THR breaks down the story of BBC photojournalist Matthew Myatt, who captured images of Han Solo’s famous ship while flying over the Greenham Common – which happened to be the location of J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars sequel. Myatt, according to his story, snapped some photos, but didn’t realize until days later that he’d actually photographed half of a replica of the Millennium Falcon.
So he did what anyone would do. He uploaded the photo to Twitter.
As Myatt’s story goes, his life changed drastically from that point forward. Local British media flooded him with requests. He’d been retweeted thousands of times. Foreign journalists arrived on his doorstep begging for interviews. And all he had done is snap a photo of a half-built model.
As the days went on, it got more and more crazy. Star Wars almost wrecked my life for a couple of weeks. It was absolutely barmy."
Almost "wrecked" his life. Now try to imagine that you are a star at the center of the galaxy. How do you think Mark Hamill feels? Or Harrison Ford? How does J.J. Abrams feel, with the pressure on his shoulders to resurrect this beloved franchise, after the damage inflicted by founding father George Lucas and his soulless prequels?
The passion felt over Star Wars, and that desire to protect its secrets, is the driving force (no pun intended) of the THR article about the lengths the team went to protect the secrets of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. We expect a piece of that shroud to be torn away soon, when the first trailer for the new sequel hits theaters. Until then, keep scouring the Internet for clues… because you never know when a pilot might fly over something important and snap an image.