One week and three days separate us from the premiere of a science-fiction/adventure film called Star Wars: the Force Awakens on December 18, the latest sequel in a franchise that began in the late ‘70s. With bated breath, fans await what they’re certain will be a new masterpiece, J.J. Abrams returning the series to the lofty stature it once rightfully enjoyed. Hope springs eternal, as they say, but we’d be remiss not to at least temper that hope a smidgen by introducing a cold, troubling reality check.
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Major blockbusters typically don’t get much love at the Oscars — superhero films and major, geeky sci-fi and action properties rarely (if ever) get Best Picture or acting nods, but the Academy does tend to recognize their technical achievements, often including them in the Best Visual Effects category. This year’s shortlist for that particular award is filled with Marvel movies, dinosaurs, and a certain Star Wars film most of us haven’t even seen yet.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens isn’t the only new Star-centric franchise sequel on the horizon, though it is probably the only one you care about at the moment given how close we are (so close!) to the release date. That other franchise is delivering a new sequel next summer, and we’ll finally get the first trailer for Star Trek Beyond in front of The Force Awakens. Stars, stars, everywhere, stars.
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Carrie Fisher isn’t receiving nearly as much attention as her original Star Wars co-stars Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill, but she should be. The actress, author, screenwriter and national treasure has been making the press rounds to promote The Force Awakens, and she’s had some incredibly delightful responses to questions about Slave Leia and her weight loss.
It’s not more new footage from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but this new behind-the-scenes featurette is filled with awe-inspiring video clips from the set of the upcoming film, featuring a lot of awe-inspired actors. John Boyega is particularly blown away by his first look at the Millennium Falcon, and equally star-struck by Harrison Ford. It’s enough to keep your heart warm on this cold December morning.
If you aren’t following the official Star Wars account on Twitter, you’re missing out on a great Q&A with insightful and hilarious answers from director J.J. Abrams and the cast of The Force Awakens. There’s even been a bit of mischief from Mark Hamill, who’s been noticeably absent from the film’s marketing. And while there have been some very interesting answers to the numerous questions from fans, there was one answer in particular that stood out — perhaps a little too much.
Several days ago it was revealed that at least one character from The Force Awakens will return for Star Wars: Episode 8, which is being written and directed by Rian Johnson — though we know pretty much nothing else about the sequel since The Force Awakens hasn’t even hit theaters yet. According to franchise screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan, we should expect something very different from Episode 8, while another major player has been confirmed to return.
Despite some early concerns, most would agree that Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a diverse film. The three leads are a woman, a black man and a Cuban man. One of the main enemies is a woman. One of the major new characters is played by a black woman. Princess Leia is now General Leia Organa. It’s not perfect yet, but it’s a very solid step in the right direction. Unfortunately, it may have been a little too far in the right direction for some countries. A new Star Wars: The Force Awakens poster from China has been revealed and, despite being one of the two main stars of the film, they’ve shrunk down black actor John Boyega in half.
The Star Wars question everyone is asking is, Where is Luke Skywalker? As it turns out, he might be right before your very eyes. Recently in Los Angeles, Mark Hamill dressed up as a stormtrooper and hit the streets outside Disney’s El Capitan Theater — where many a costumed character have set up shop looking for tips — to surprise some Star Wars fans