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Two Old Faces Return For STAR WARS EPISODE VII

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Lucasfilim has announced that conceptial artists Doug Chiang and Iain McCaig are on-board for STAR WARS EPISODE VII.

Chiang who has won an Academy Award is perhaps best known for his work on STAR WARS EPISODE I where he helped to design a PRE-IMPERIAL STAR WARS UNIVERSE. Chiang was later made the concept design supervisor for STAR WARS EPISODE II and then went on to be a part of many high profile animations including THE POLAR EXPRESS, BEOWULF, DISNEY’s A CHRISTMAS CAROL and MARS NEEDS MOMS.
McCaig is best known for his breathtaking designs of DARTH MAUL yet, his credits extend to all three STAR WARS PREQUELS as well a MARVEL’s THE AVENGERS and the forthcoming blockbuster GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY.

Doug Chiang expressed his joy at returning to STAR WARS:

“It’s wonderful to be back! It’s been over ten years since I last worked on Star Wars but my Star Wars roots have touched nearly every film I’ve designed since. It’s still a bit surreal that I get to work on another one.”

McCaig added:

“The feedback from fans around the world has helped shape many a design in the Star Wars universe… I never thought I’d live to see this day. It’s pure magic to have the band back together again.”

Personally, I’m not a fan of Doug Chiang’s work. I feel that many of his designs have never really captured the spirit of STAR WARS. I like many fans, expected EPISODE I to look familiar, but slightly different as the ships, weapons, armour etc should have been early relations to those seen in A NEW HOPE and beyond. While in some respects this was met, Chiang’s designs felt more advanced than regressed.

I’m not entirely certain that I am managing to get across my point, but I would hate to see STAR WARS EPISODE VII look anything like the prequels.

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Chris McCarron

I'm an angry Scotsman, fanatical about Doctor Who with a savage hunger for comic-books and an unrivalled passion for video games. Owner of GoGoChimp