A Galaxy Far Away in a Theater Near You: Star Wars Episode VII Updates

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Update: 11.27.15 –The new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer is out! This one breaks from the past trailers and introduces us to the villains of the new movie.  “There’s been an awakening,” says a deep voice, as shots pan over a foreboding army of storm troopers.  “Have you felt it?” That question is answered “Yes,” by the voice of Adam Driver, who plays villain, and three-pronged lightsaber wielding,  Kylo Ren. The trailer also features character Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) commanding a squad of X-win fighters in a battle. There are also new shots of Finn (John Boyega) and Rey (Daisy Ridley) facing off against Kylo Ren.

UPDATE: The latest trailer for the hotly anticipated The Force Awakens is hear and now you can re-watch it over and over until the movies release on December 18th. The trailer confirms a number of plot details which Disney has fairly successfully kept under wraps. Now with a few extra details to harp on fans can speculate about about all new plot points based on previous footage and new footage.

Based on the new footage from the October trailer the film seems to be center around characters Finn (John Boyega) and Rey (Daisy Ridley) and. Rey might be some kind of scavenger or possibly a mechanic living on the desert world of Jakku. It is unclear whether she is force sensitive but the official move poster which was released October 18th may imply that as her staff weapon is juxtaposed against Kylo Ren’s saber giving her staff the appearance of a double saber similar to Darth Maul’s weapon of choice.

Finn, meanwhile, does appear to be holding a lightsaber although that does not make him a Jedi or ever force sensitive per se. Finn is a First Order pilot (which we understand to be “an Imperial-loyalist faction left after the events of Return of the Jedi”).

And the much speculated about Kylo Ren (the bad guy with the hilted lightsaber), is as far as we know a follower Darth Vader. Outside of the movies, in comics, books and cartoons dealing with the Star Wars universe there are a number of characters who wield red lightsabers trained in the dark side of the force and do either Darth Vader’s or the Emperors bidding. Kylo Ren seems to fall into that category. However, with Both Vader and the Emperor killed by Luke Skywalker in the second Death Star Kylo Ren may now be the top Sith in the galaxy. Although, according to Yoda in Episode 1: The Phantom Menace “Always two there are, no more, no less. A master and an apprentice”. So weather Kylo Ren is the only Sith around remains to be seen.

The most interesting part about the new trailer is what it tells us about the entire Star Wars universe. Clearly the Rebel Alliance did not go on to an easy victory after the destruction of the second Death Star and the fall of Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader. Instead of being known as the official story of what happened, the betrayal of the Jedi and then the Rebel Alliances fight along with Luke’s killing of the Sith seem to have become mythologized as rumor or at least remain unconfirmed for many in the galaxy. “There were stories about what happened,” says Rey in a voiceover. “It’s true. All of it. The Dark Side. The Jedi. They’re real,” responds Han Solo (Harrison Ford).

This implies that the Jedi order was no rebuilt by Luke Skywalker and although the Death Star was destroyed again and the Emperor killed the Imperial Empire remained a a potent force throughout many parts of the galaxy. Likely, with pockets of it remaining firmly under their control with an information blackout as to the events of the rebellion. Other parts may indeed be under rebel control, or based on the relative size and strength of the Rebel Alliance, which was small and rag tag even at its hight, ruled by warlords or other non-Imperial and non-alliance forces in the galaxy. This may explain why the stories of the Jedi and the Sith and the fall of the Emperor are mythology rather then fact even years after Return of the Jedi.
starwarsportrait-xlargeUpdate By Greg Sarafan
This week finds us all breathlessly awaiting the debut of the trailer for Star Wars Episode VII, aptly titled Star Wars: The Force Awakens, set to premiere in December of 2015.  This is officially the seventh live-action installment in this genre- and culture-making series, and the Interwebz have been abuzz with speculation about everything from the meaning of the title to which movies will be graced with the trailer (the answer varies, but the most recent report is, well, all of them. Every single movie from November 28th to 30th.).

Fan art poster for Star Wars: Episode VII. From LatinosPost.

Fan art poster for Star Wars: Episode VII. From LatinosPost.

There’s even speculation as to the trailer’s length. Will it be a minute? A minute and a half? If forums and comment threads are any indication, questions like these might actually be breaking people’s brains. Potential spoilers below, y’all.

Fan art poster for Star Wars: Episode VII.

Fan art poster for Star Wars: Episode VII.

Few film series mean as much to people as Star Wars, so any news is big news, and this film is really big news. The Force Awakens is helmed by J.J. Abrams, and is notably the first in the live-action series not to be produced by the originator of all things Star Wars, George Lucas. Since Disney made the announcement in 2012 that it would be reviving the series (after the $4.05 billion dollar purchase of Lucasfilms), we’ve all been waiting breathlessly for news, which has been slowly but steadily leaking out in a trickle of enticing clues.

Star Wars Concept Art. From the film's official website.

While past years have seen prequels (Episodes I, II, and III) and re-releases in 3D, this film is set thirty years after the events of Return of the Jedi, which means that several members of the original cast, including Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford,  will be returning to a galaxy far, far away to reprise their roles. Plot details have been kept relatively hush-hush, but we do know that there’s a young female protagonist, played by Daisy Ridley, who actually looks like a cross between Fisher’s Leia and Natalie Portman’s Padmé Amidala. Her character is reportedly spurred to search for Luke Skywalker after finding his light sabre and his hand (which we can only hope is the first prosthetic replacement rather than the real one).


Central supporting characters R2-D2, C3PO, and Chewbacca will be back in action, and rumors that other fan favorites like clone and bounty hunter Boba Fett and Yoda will make an appearance are swirling.

Star Wars Episode VII

Other actors confirmed to be involved include Adam Driver (who may play the villain), Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o, Game of Thrones‘ Gwendoline Christie, and John Boyega, who made a splash in the lively, bloody SF film Attack the Block (2011–go see this now if you haven’t already).


Officially released photo of members of Episode VII’s cast.

So what’s your plan? Are you going to try to get to every movie between November 28-30? Are you content to wait for the trailer online? Or are you watching (or making your own!) fake trailers to get pumped up?

Check out the real just released trailer!


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