8 fascinating new ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ photos hint about state of the galaxy

After the devastating news yesterday that this weekend”s D23 expo – Disney”s branded answer to San Diego Comic-Con – would feature no new footage from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” fans settled in to wait. After all, the toys begin shipping next month. Surely more information was imminent, whether through official sources or leaked details.

Talk about your short wait. Entertainment Weekly just released a peek at their Fall Movie Preview issue and it is overflowing with new images and tidbits about this December”s most anticipated movie.

Fans will have to physically pick up the issue this Friday to get answers to questions such as:

Who is Adam Driver”s villainous wielder of the crossguard-lightsaber? What is his relationship with Darth Vader … and is Kylo Ren his original name?

From whom (or what) does Daisy Ridley”s character Rey rescue the ball-droid BB-8 amid the desolate sands of Jakku?

But even without the answers to some of these particular questions, there”s still plenty to chew on. Some of these reveals are just confirmation of rumors that have been percolating for months, but verification is always welcome (and the only way I”ll cover it here on Harpy).