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With a little less than two weeks to go before the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the promotion for the film has gone into, ahem, hyperdrive. Even though there’s about 11 more sleeps till most people’s first chance to see the film, fans will be speculating till the curtain lifts as to what, or what not, has been included in the film. Today, we have some insight into the latter. Culled from a press event over the weekend, we can say definitively a couple of things about The Force Awakens: it’s got no Ewoks, no Jar Jar Binks, and no post-credits sequences. At least one of those is sort of disappointing.

At a global press event Sunday (and reported on by ComicBook.com), Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy was asked by celebrity moderator Mindy Kaling, “Can you talk about what’s NOT in the movie?” A shrewd way to get around all those pesky, potential spoilery things. “Jar Jar is definitely not in the movie. Ewoks are not in the movie.” Kennedy said adding, “That was because Harrison [Ford] insisted.”

According to lore, Ford was not a fan of the Ewoks, and it was an animosity that caught on with fans who thought that the creatures were too cutesy for a movie about desperate rebels trying to overthrow a tyrannical government. As far Jar Jar, is there anything left to say on this subject? No, so let’s move on to something else.

There’s been a lot of discussion about whether or not in trying to follow Marvel Studios’ example in creating a robust, ongoing cinematic universe, if Star Wars: The Force Awakens was going to have that all-important post-credits scene to tease fans about the future. The answer from Comic Book.com (via ScreenRant)? “No, there’s not,” said director J.J. Abrams.

It’s a move that’s hardly surprising as Star Wars has no tradition of post-credits scene. I believe Marvel started it’s trend by accident because it was leaked in advance of the release of the first Iron Man that Samuel L. Jackson had shot a cameo as Nick Fury. Marvel stuck the scene after the credits to try and throw the fans off the scent – and voila – a meme was born! And let’s face it, at this point, can Star Wars physically build anymore hype?

I guess we’ll find out when Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens on December 18.

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