‘Star Wars Episode 7’ News: Actor Mark Hamill Opens Up On Secrecy And Paparazzi Drones

The latest Star Wars Episode 7 news is always shrouded in so much secrecy that even its stars are being forced to take extra precautions. Mark Hamill recently opened up on how much harder it is to keep a movie a secret than it was when he was a young Jedi.

The world is always looking for even a trickle of information about the latest Disney projects these days, from speculating about the new Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer to anything at all about the Star Wars Episode 7 story. Paparazzi drones are one thing that “Luke Skywalker” admits he never dealt with before, as the media is getting more and more intrusive with its recording devices.

Mark Hamill dropped the latest Star Wars Episode 7 news when he confessed what a nuisance the secrecy required.

“You know, the security on it is just crazy. I’m surprised I can even admit I’m in it!…I like being surprised. It’s a whole different era now. When we made the original films, you had the odd reporter hanging around the studio bribing people to give them stories. Now, I said to them, ‘Do I really have to wear this robe and this hood that covers my entire head to go from the trailer to the [sound stage]?’ They said, ‘Yeah, there’s drones.’ Seriously! There’s drones flying over the studio trying to get pictures of whatever they can get pictures of.”

The devices are so intrusive that the people behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens had to order a DroneShield back in September 2014 just to keep everything as secret as possible, according to Motherboard. One such paparazzi drone which made it a necessity was the one which captured the footage below.

The footage shows an unfinished Millennium Falcon and two X-Wings on the set of Pinewood Studios in Britain’s Greenham Common. This was months before even the teaser trailer was supposed to be released, and garnered a wave of “spoilers” among the Star Wars Episode 7 news.

The fact that Harrison Ford is reprising his role as Han Solo should have been enough indication that the iconic ship would be back, but the people behind the film don’t want anything known ahead of time.

Mark Hamill did admit he’s excited to be part of the latest sequel in the franchise, despite the new level of security.

“The most interesting aspect from my point of view is that [Star Wars] is now in the hands of the generation who were fans. It’s the next generation of filmmakers who were sort of weened on these pictures.”

According to the latest Star Wars Episode 7 news, paparazzi drones around the set are a serious problem, and it’s making it difficult to film anything without details being leaked too early.

Apparently J.J. Abrams and the crew will have to stay diligent to keep everything under wraps.

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