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By Ryan Rigley

Seems like we here at MTV News aren't the only ones speculating about what to expect from the upcoming "Star Wars" trilogy. Last Wednesday, on Jimmy Kimmel Live, "Star Wars" fans were given the opportunity to give the "Star Trek Into Darkness" director (J. J. Abrams) a few suggestions of their own. Amongst these fans were Lando Calrissian himself (Billy Dee Williams) and the slightly misplaced, but ever-lovable Captain Kirk (William Shatner).

Sadly, most of the "Star Wars" suggestions given to Mr. Abrams were to make Princess Leia hook up with Chewbacca. While this might be...interesting... to see play out on the silver screen, we can't help but think that revisiting some of those memorable minor characters from the original trilogy would make "Star Wars VII" a masterpiece. Take Malakili for example, the heavy-set rancor keeper in the first act of "Return of the Jedi."

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Last night on "Jimmy Kimmel Live, J.J. Abrams admitted that he and Michael Arndt have hit a bit of a wall while writing "Star Wars: Episode VII." The revelation of writer's block led Jimmy to suggest that Abrams listen to some helpful members of the audience that had ideas for what should be included in the next "Star Wars."

The general consensus was that Chewbacca and Princess Leia need to get it on, and if they aren't getting it on, the movie should only consist of Lando making sweet love in the galaxy.

The suggestions, of course, came from fanboys planted in the audience, Billy Dee Williams, and a red-faced William Shatner. Here's to hoping that Abrams actually listens to the fans and gives them what they want.

Watch the clip after the jump!

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Have you ever wondered what you would look like suiting up in the good ol' white and black of an Imperial Stomtrooper? Short of the buying your own suit—the going rate is between $500 and $700 on eBay—or an above average Photoshop job, there are few ways to get that authentic Stormtrooper feeling.

But now (via io9), you have a chance to create a Stormtrooper action figure with your very own face. At Disney's Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida for a limited time, you can purchase a 3-D printed Stormtrooper action figure modeled off of a scan of your face. The figure will cost you $100 and about 10 minutes of your time to complete the 3-D face scan. (No matter how excited you might be, try not to smile too much. Stormtroopers have to be serious.)

The offer only lasts for a limited time. You'll have to get to Hollywood Studios during "Star Wars" Weekends 2013, which are the weekends of May 17, May 24, May 31, and June 7.

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International man of mystery boxes J.J. Abrams stopped by "The Daily Show" to have a little chat with Jedi hopeful Jon Stewart last night, and the late night host was able to pry some actual information from the secretive director.

The two geeked out over both "Star Trek" and "Star Wars" during the two parts of an extended interview, and during the most interesting part of the segment, Abrams shared his perspective on how the two series differed. "'Star Trek' was overtly an allegory of today, where 'Star Wars' always felt like more of an epic. It didn't even feel like science fiction to me, which sounds crazy, but 'Star Wars' never felt like a sci-fi thing, where 'Star Trek' did," he said. "We tried to make a 'Star Trek' movie that doesn't suffer from—. The original show was static because they couldn't afford to go anywhere or do anything. We had a slightly larger budget."

From the sounds of it, Abrams views the two properties as inherently different, so this should come as welcome news to those who feared that there would be too much overlap between the diametrically opposed franchises and fan bases.

You can watch the entire interview after the jump!

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IG-88

By Ryan Rigley

Last week, "Star Trek Into Darkness" director J.J. Abrams had a few words to say on the status of the upcoming "Star Wars" films. "There are discussions about what would happen later and how to make this thing," explains Abrams in a recent interview with MTV News. "You can't look at it in a binary way. It's obviously part of something much greater. To talk about those off-shoot films, that's something you have to talk about with Kathleen Kennedy."

Clearly, the proposed Yoda, Boba Fett, and Young Han Solo spinoff films all rely quite heavily on the success of "Star Wars VII." But with a release slated for summer 2015, it seems as if the answers to our questions are still pretty far off. Chief among those questions being which characters will be making an appearance in the new "Star Wars" trilogy? Not C-3P0 or R2-D2. I'm talking obscure characters like IG-88; a bounty hunter droid that makes a brief appearance in "The Empire Strikes Back."

Who?
Built on the planet Halowan as a part of Project Phlutdroid, the IG-88 assassin droids were designed by an Imperial officer named Gurdun with the hopes that his new murder machines would bring him wealth and fame. However, as soon as the first IG-88 model (IG-88A) is turned on, it immediately deems itself superior to all organic beings and proceeds to kill all 15 scientists in a matter of seconds.

Quickly conceiving a plan for galactic conquest, IG-88A transfers its memories and sentience programming to the remaining three IG-88 models (IG-88B, IG-88C, IG-88D); effectually creating a hive mind. IG-88B would go on to become the second deadliest bounty hunter in the galaxy (right after Boba Fett) as a means of distracting the organics from IG-88A's true plans for droid superiority.

Why?
Cold, calculating and efficient; the IG-88 assassin droids are truly a force to be reckoned with. They are always thinking of the bigger picture, looking for any way they can to eliminate all forms of organic life from the galaxy. In fact, at one point, IG-88A had plans to upload his consciousness to the hull of the second Death Star which would essentially make the already unstoppable killing machine ten times as powerful and ten times as unstoppable. Luckily for the rest of the galaxy, the Rebel Alliance managed to blow up the second Death Star during the Battle of Endor; mere seconds before IG-88A could complete the uploading process.

How?
After the destruction of the second Death Star, the original IG-88's body is found on the droid factory world of Mechis III and reprogrammed as a less sentient, more traditional assassin droid. That being said, this version of IG-88 could totally make an appearance in "Star Wars VII" as somebody's personal bodyguard. Alternatively, I think it's fairly safe to say that the whole droid uprising storyline could make for one hell of a plot for the next "Star Wars" trilogy. What say you, Mr. Abrams?

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In the months that followed the big announcement that there would be more "Star Wars" movies, every subsequent press release seemed to hint there would be lots and lots more "Star Wars" movies. There was the Han Solo, Yoda, and Boba Fett spin-offs, plus talk of a "Seven Samurai" remake with Zack Snyder. Then Disney said that we can expect a movie every summer starting in 2015, all before a frame of the first movie, "Episode VII," has been shot. Things appeared to be moving at the speed of light.

But what if "Episode VII" was a complete and utter failure? It's extremely unlikely, but that would definitely put a squash on the spin-offs and standalone movies. When MTV News' Josh Horowitz spoke with J.J. Abrams in London during the press junket for "Star Trek Into Darkness," the director suggested that plans for follows-up hinged on the success of "Episode VII."

Read what he had to say after the jump!

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By Ryan Rigley

With J.J. Abrams out and about promoting the upcoming "Star Trek Into Darkness," snippets of answers pertaining to "Star Wars VII" have finally started to surface. "It's just about approaching it from as authentic a place as possible," states Abrams in a recent interview with BBC. "Not trying to apply what you believe or think, as much as trying to filter everything and get at it from the core of the characters. [It should be] what you deeply want to see, never what you assume the fans might like."

Speaking of characters, perhaps the most prominent question on every "Star Wars" fans' mind is "who will be making an appearance in the newest "Star Wars" trilogy?" Sure, it'd be nice to see Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and Han Solo again. But what of those other memorable "Star Wars" characters? Take Admiral Ackbar for instance; the Mon Calamari fleet leader who keenly deduced that the Battle of Endor was a trap for the Rebel Alliance.

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With so much talk of how there will be eventually be a "Star Wars: Episode VII," the world needs a reminder that J.J. Abrams and company are actually going to have to film the thing at some point. It won't just appear one day in the summer of 2015 without some serious working going into it beforehand.

Thanks for an interview Abrams' producer, Bryan Burk, did with Collider, we have at least an idea of when production might actually begin.

According to Burk, filming on "Star Wars: Episode VII" will begin in early 2014, depending on how the script comes together and how other pieces, including schedules and location, fall into place.

Read else what Burk had to say after the jump!

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At the "Star Trek Into Darkness" premiere in London, MTV News' Josh Horowitz caught up with one of the film's writers, Damon Lindelof, to discuss the future of the series and director J.J. Abrams' next gig, helming "Star Wars: Episode VII."

Though he said he was no doubt thrilled that his "LOST" co-creator would get a chance to director a "Star Wars" movie, there was a part of Lindelof that was disappointed. "I was thrilled, obviously, as a 'Star Wars' fanatic, that it was going to be in great hands and a little bit sad that he was going to be leaving 'Star Trek,' but he's still going to produce the next one," Lindelof said. "We will make the very best of it, I'm sure."

Lindelof seemed to imply that Abrams would not direct a third "Star Trek" movie, the seeds of which, according to co-writer, have been sown in "Into Darkness."

"We wanted it to have a beginning, middle and end, and a self-containedness, but at the same time, start setting up where it could possibly go," Lindelof said. "Hopefully, if you see this movie, you get a sense not just in terms of the relationships and characters, but some unsettled business that needs to be resolved in the future."

"Star Trek Into Darkness" opens on May 17.

Be sure to tune into MTV this Wednesday, May 8 at 7:56 p.m. ET for an exclusive first look at a never-before-seen clip from "Star Trek Into Darkness," followed by a 30-minute cast interview on MTV.com.

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This past weekend at Entertainment Weekly's inaugural CapeTown Film Festival, the audience got a special treat before the screening of the 1997 Special Edition (no ghost Hayden Christensen) of "Return of the Jedi." Mark Hamill made a surprise appearance after the screening.

During a talk with the audience, Hamill once again openly talked about his involvement with the new trilogy of films, but this time, as Ain't It Cool News' Quint reports, he shared some details with his creative meeting with Lucasfilm head Katherine Kennedy.

Hamill told Kennedy that he hoped a new trilogy of films would move back towards practical effects, using more real-life props and sets. Kennedy allegedly said that this was something they were already discussing and mentioned "Jurassic Park" as a model for the balance between practical and digital effects.

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