Hello, childhood joy. We've missed you terribly.
Just in time for Star Wars' unofficial Holiday (May the Fourth, be with you, tehehe) iconoclastic photographer and noted tax evader Annie Leibovitz has unveiled a new series of on-set photographs from the new Stars Wars: The Force Awakens film, confirming what we've believed all along: this movie will be f*cking glorious.
If you are spoiler-sensitive, now may be the time to avert your eyes. These are not the droids you are looking for.
The shots, part of this month's Vanity Fair cover story, not only gave us unprecedented access to arguably the most hyped movie of our generation, but also confirmed some long-believed rumors swirling around the film.
Notably, that Girls lovable weirdo Adam Driver will be playing the film's antagonistic Sith, Kylo Ren.
Here, smugglers, thieves, and other galactic scum loiter in the castle of space pirate Maz Kanata. The practical effects used are a far (and welcome) cry from the CGI-soaked prequel series that preceded this new trilogy.
Though, it goes without saying that there will be a healthy dose of computer-aided effects in the film (duh). Here, Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o dons facial recognition dots that will inevitably turn her into something completely different, hopefully nothing like this guy.
Resistance fighter Poe Dameron hitches a ride on his X-wing, which fans of the original trilogy will fondly remember, re: Death Star explosions and nasty swamps.
Director J. J. Abrams schools actress Daisy Ridley on proper Speeder posture.
Finally, the brains behind the entire operation: composer John Williams, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, co-writer Lawrence Kasdan, and the maestro behind it all, director J. J. Abrams.
...and the cover stars in all their glory.
We don't care if Han shot first, we're just happy he's finally home.