As Star Wars: The Force Awakens grows closer, we’re starting to learn more and more about all the characters, new and old. Rey was abandoned by her parents on Jakku. Princess Leia is now General Leia Organa. BB-8 is a she. But, there’s still one...
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Star Wars is not exactly synonymous with the Oscars. Those two words, forever known as the most famous film franchise in the world, have more in common with terms like “box office,” “special effects,” “sold-out tickets,” and many other things which are usually at the other end of the spectrum of awards season fodder. But what if J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens actually turned out to be a an Oscar sleeper? Before you roll your eyes, stop reading this and go back to analyzing those new Force Awakens photos, hear me out, for the sake of the Force.
Disney and Lucasfilm have been quite busy over the past week, dropping a Japanese trailer, the first official TV spot and lots of new images from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And although we’ve seen more than enough to sustain our excitement until December, there’s still so much we don’t know — like why does Han Solo have to tell Finn and Rey that “the stories” were true? And why haven’t we seen Luke in the marketing? And what’s the deal with Princess Leia these days?
Theaters tend to attach trailers to films that share their genre or target audience. It’s just good marketing — someone who’s just bought a ticket for Aggressive Action Movie A will probably be interested in a trailer for Aggressive Action Movie B, rom-com audiences want more rom-coms, so on and so forth. And so it follows an eminent logic that, as Collider has newly reported, the trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse will run preceding showings of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. They share the genre Movies Everyone in America Will Be Federally Mandated to See.
The Star Wars promo is far far from over. In Entertainment Weekly’s special double issue dedicated to The Force Awakens, we not only got a new set photos and character covers, but a dozen brand new stills, details and cast interviews from the upcoming film. So what do they reveal?
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is just five weeks away. It seems like just the other day Disney bought Lucasfilm and announced a Star Wars: Episode 7, but here we are. You know we’re getting close because Star Wars is on the cover of almost every magazine, including now Entertainment Weekly, which has devoted a double issue to The Force Awakens, with four new covers featuring Han Solo (in a very familiar pose), Rey, Finn and C-3P0 & R2-D2.
Lawrence Kasdan’s contributions to Star Wars cannot be understated — the co-writer of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi recently returned to the franchise to co-write and produce The Force Awakens with J.J. Abrams, and is attached to do the same for the untitled Han Solo project. According to Kasdan, that’s enough Star Wars for him, as the famed screenwriter may be done with the franchise after the Han Solo movie.
Back in October, Ashley Fleetwood, the wife of Daniel Fleetwood, a terminally ill Star Wars fan, started the #ForceForDaniel campaign to help her husband see Star Wars: The Force Awakens before he died. Daniel, a lifelong fan who camped out for tickets to see the prequel trilogy, was given only two months to live in July and both he and his wife knew he wasn’t going to be able to make it until opening day. On November 5, Disney, Lucasfilm and director J.J. Abrams made Daniel’s dying wish come true by bringing Star Wars: The Force Awakens to his home in Spring, Texas. Daniel Fleetwood died last night, just five days after his Star Wars screening, at the age of 32.
Just when you thought Star Wars might lay a little low this week after unleashing a new trailer, posters and a TV spot, we’ve got a couple of updates on the franchise, as Lucasfilm has released a new set of behind the scenes photos from The Force Awakens, while director J.J. Abrams is opening up about his involvement in the franchise, both present and future.
There is a precise moment when Spectre turns to crap. Before this moment, it is a superbly stylish espionage thriller. After this moment — which can be pinpointed down to the exact shot and lines of dialogue — it falls apart, and its carefully cultivated atmosphere of mystery dissipates like a, well, you know.