Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens

The December premiere will reveal all

BY ANNA NICHOLS
STAFF WRITER

No one keeps a secret like “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” director J.J. Abrams. Announced in January 2013, “The Force Awakens” has been at the forefront of a hurricane of anticipation and speculation.

Schoolcraft_Issue5What fans know is the film is set 30 years after “Return of the Jedi” and combines new characters with old favorites like Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) and Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill). Other veterans are included as well, such as Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew) and C-3PO (Anthony Daniels). Fortunately, Jar Jar Binks will not be returning.

New protagonists, Rey (Daisy Ridley), the mysterious loner with the adorable droid BB-8, and Finn (John Boyega), the conflicted storm trooper, have set fans on a war path for information ever since their introduction.

It has been revealed that Finn, deserts the Empire and escapes to a planet called Jakku where he meets Rey. The two are seen in the first trailer, released in 2014, with Han Solo, cementing fan speculation that Rey and Finn are not only twins, but also the children of Han and Leia. However, keep in mind that the person who co-created, produced, wrote and directed the popular TV show “Lost” is directing this film. If anyone can surprise viewers, it’s Abrams.

Abrams has revealed the bare minimum about the film and its characters, which has the entire Internet in frenzy. Trailers and teasers reveal nothing terribly pivotal to the plot but continue to kindle excitement for the film.

Besides the identities and back stories of Rey and Finn, the most popular subject matter fans have tore into is the new villain. At the end of the first trailer, jaws dropped as a mysterious dark figure ignited a snowy forest with a Sith red, tri-bladed light saber. Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), appears to be the opposite of who Luke Skywalker was in “Return of the Jedi,” having chosen the dark side, saying in the same trailer to the melted mask of Darth Vader, “I will finish what you started.”

With a fan-base that spans generations, the Star Wars franchise has always been a force to be reckoned with. Lucas films have created what is expected to be the highest grossing box office hit of all time, expected to earn over $2 billion. Pre-tickets sales for the movie have already destroyed numerous websites. IMAX alone has sold $6.5 million worth of tickets; six times more than any other film.

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” isn’t just an exciting reboot of a widely cherished story, it is changing the game for the entire movie industry. Fans can see the latest installment to the Star Wars franchise in theaters everywhere on Dec. 18.

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