This week in 'Star Wars' news

Check out all the latest "Star Wars" news that's happened this week. (Star Wars Movies/Facebook)

It's just a little over a month away until Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters, but fans' excitement for the film is already moving at lightspeed levels. With new footage from the movie, touching stories about Star Wars fans and fun projects inspired by the franchise, this has definitely been a busy week in the world of Star Wars.

Here is the latest news in the Star Wars universe.

**Warning: Items may contain potential plot spoilers.**

  • A new look at Star Wars: The Force Awakens was unveiled on Thursday during ABC's #TGIT lineup. The look included more lightsaber action, Han Solo handing off a blaster to Rey, and a brief glimpse of a character who appears to be none other than Admiral Ackbar!


  • Daniel Fleetwood, the Star Wars super fan who had his dying wish fulfilled of seeing the new movie, passed away on Monday.



  • Lafayette, Calif. resident Colby Powell built a 23-foot-tall Death Star structure on top of his home with his kids. It's unconfirmed as to whether the makeshift Death Star has destroyed any other homes/planets.


  • Entertainment Weekly tweeted their new Star Wars covers. The magazine also talked to J.J. Abrams, Mark Hammill, Harrison Ford, Andy Serkis and Lupita Nyong'o about the upcoming film.


  • Leia has a new title EW also learned what Leia's new title will be in the film.

  • Peter Mayhew, the actor who played the lovable Wookiee Chewbacca, wrote a touching letter to a young Star Wars fan after his friend had passed away. The letter was posted to Reddit by the father of the 7-year-old boy who had passed away.

      Liam,

      I am sorry to hear that you won't be able to see the new Star Wars movie with your friend Sam. I know that sometimes things happen and we can't figure out why and all we feel is sadness. It's important to remember the fun you had with Sam. Best friends are never really gone, they live on forever in our hearts and memories. I know that you are going to love Star Wars: The Force Awakens and I bet you make some new friends that also love Star Wars. I wish you the very best, and May The Force Be With You

      -Cheers, Peter 'Chewbacca' Mayhew


    Sam's older sister also wrote on Reddit, saying "while he may have only been here for a short time in retrospect, he lived more than most adults I know. And boy, did he love Star Wars. The force was definitely strong with this one." Sam's sister also said that the support had been amazing, and that her brother would have loved to know that Chewy knew who he is.

  • The official IMAX 3D poster for the film was released, showing Rey walking alongside BB-8 in the hot Jakku sunset.

  • Star Wars superfan Ian Martin created a fully functional Holochess table as seen in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. Called "Dejarik," the game is a funny and slightly more monstrous take on classic chess.



Star Wars: The Force Awakens premieres in theaters on Dec. 18.

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