The clock is ticking. Star Wars: The Force Awakens will soon be watched by millions of people, so we have compiled some things you should know about this seventh installment of the sci-fi adventure series.
Now, we can’t let you know any spoilers even if we wanted to; the studio has been pretty strict about keeping important parts of the story under wraps.
You’d have to say that’s no small feat given that The Force Awakens may be one of the most over-hyped movies of all time. Let’s just hope it’s nothing like Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.
Avoiding rumors and fan theories, here are some Star Wars: The Force Awakens factoids for you.
- The Force Awakens takes place around 30 years after what occurred in Return of the Jedi.
- Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, Chewbacca, R2D2 and C3PO, and Princess Leia are all featured in the movie.
- There is no Jar-Jar Binks and there are no Ewoks in The Force Awakens.
- There are now no clones left in the ranks of Stormtroopers.
- John Williams, who composed the original Star Wars score, created the music for The Force Awakens.
- The Force Awakens was filmed using traditional anamorphic 35mm film.
- Gwendoline Christie, of Game of Thrones fame, is Captain Phasma, the chrome Stormtrooper. This will make her Star Wars‘ first female villain.
- Actor Adam Driver, who plays bad guy Kylo Ren, is a former U.S. Marine.
- Director J.J. Abrams avoided CGI where possible, and instead favored the use of real sets and real locations.
- While The Force Awakens is the seventh Star Wars film, it is the first one made by Disney, who purchased Lucasfilm for $4 billion in 2012.
- The world premiere for The Force Awakens will be held in Los Angeles on Monday, December 14.
- The first reviews for the movie will go online Wednesday, December 16.
- The Force Awakens opens in the UK and Australia on December 17 while in the U.S. it will be on December 18. Chinese audiences need to wait until January 9.
See a Fox 5 interview with Harrison Ford, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, J.J. Abrams, Gwendoline Christie, Oscar Isaac, and Lupita Nyong’o about The Force Awakens in the video here:
Wait, here’s an epilogue:
- The Force Awakens is the first of a new trilogy. Filming for next installment begins in January.
- A standalone Han Solo movie is to be made, but it won’t have Harrison Ford playing the wisecracking character. Instead, that will be up to a younger actor.
- Disney is making another Star Wars standalone movie, Rogue One, which is about a group of rebels who steal the plans of the original Death Star. It is scheduled for release in December 2016.
- Apparently, Netflix is also teaming up with Disney to make a Star Wars TV show series.
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