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Everything We Know About ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

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Next month will finally see the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Nothing can come close to the hype and excitement that has surrounded this movie for months, even years now. The seventh episode in the Star Wars franchise is part of a new trilogy and is set 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi. 

Over the past several months, Disney and Lucas films have been supplying fans with teasers, trailers, TV spots and posters that give glimpses of what can be expected from the upcoming film. What they have also managed to do here is not give away plot details and spoilers which have, as one expected, led to unsurprisingly high number of fan theories.

From what the teasers and TV spots have told us, here’s a look at everything we know about Star Wars: The Force Awakens. 

Han, Luke and Leia Will Reprise their Roles

The one question on everyone’s mind from the moment the seventh movie was announced was whether our favourite trio and stars of the original trilogy will be back. And yes, they will be. The original trilogy saw Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) take on Darth Vader with the help of his sister, Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) and friend Han Solo (Harrison Ford).

Now, the first teaser that came out almost a year ago didn’t reveal Han, Luke or Leia, but it did give a juicy shot of the Millenium Falcon, giving massive goosebumps (because your average goosebumps are not enough) to fans everywhere. However, the second teaser  had Luke giving a voice-over as well as a quick glimpse of a bionic hand (which is unmistakably Luke’s) touching his good old droid, R2-D2.

Filmmakers have kept Luke’s character a mystery who hasn’t been spotted in any of the successive trailers or posters. You can hear Hamill’s voice in the second teaser below that raises more questions than it gives answers to. Also, the ending of the second trailer gave fans more reasons to cry (out of joy) than ever before.

Kylo Ren and His Badass Lightsaber

A movie is only as good as its villain. And that’s never been more true than for Star Wars. How do you beat a villain like Darth Vader, who is considered by many as one of the greatest cinematic villains of all time? With his heavy breathing and black cape, Darth Vader was the face of the Dark Side and always will be. But what about Kylo Ren? The villain (sith lord?) of the upcoming trilogy. The first teaser, in fact, featured the voice of Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) before anyone else. And the teaser also showed Ren’s insane lightsaber (the weapon of the Jedi and the Dark Side).

Yes, this isn’t your usual run-off-the-mill lightsaber. Kylo Ren is seen with a cross-guard lightsaber that made fans take to Reddit to post all their thoughts about the possible origin of the blade. Recently, a Disneyland prop description had this to say about the mysterious lightsaber:

Kylo Ren’s unusual lightsaber is an ancient design, although the one he carries is recently constructed. The crossguard blades, or quillons, are raw power vented from primary central blade.

BB-8 is the New Droid in Town

The original Star Wars trilogy had two incredibly popular and lovable droids in the form of R2-D2 and C-3PO. The duo became an instant hit with the fans. And the rest, they say, is history. Jump to 2015 and we see a new droid in the teasers and trailers. A smal, rolly droid called BB-8. It’s something to watch the droid rolling around the screen who also seems to be the companion of Rey, the mysterious female protagonist of the movie. BB-8 is already generating a fan base and BB-8 toys have also been released, including a real, tiny, robotic one created by Sphero that can be controlled using your mobile.

Who Are Rey and Finn?

Star Wars: The Force Awakens sees a new set of characters. It is pretty much confirmed that Kylo Ren is the new baddie, but what’s still a mystery are the characters of Rey (Daisey Ridley) and Finn (John Boyega), who are the main leads in the movie. The teasers and trailers only add to the confused look on our faces.

The first teaser showed Finn sweaty and panicky in a stormtrooper suit. A second teaser showed Finn wielding a lightsaber, getting ready to fight Kylo Ren. That raised even more question as to who Finn is – a stormtrooper who deserted his role, or a jedi.

Rey’s character, on the other hand, is a complete mystery. We see Rey with her BB-8 droid on the planet Jakku. Her character is still a mystery and the trailers so far haven’t revealed much, but that hasn’t stopped fans everywhere coming up with possible theories as to who she might be. One of the more popular opinions suggest that Rey belongs to the Skywalker family. Whether she is the daughter of Han and Leia (Carrie Fisher) or if she’s Luke Skywalker’s own is still uncertain. The TV spot below has a line that teases that Rey may very well be the daughter of Luke or Han. “I have lived long enough to see the same eyes in different people,” says Lupita Nyong’o​’s Maz Kanata in the first Force Awakens TV spot. “I see your eyes, I know your eyes.”

The Final Trailer Reveals a Lot

The final trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens is two and a half minutes of pure excitement. The trailer has a lot of moments that leaves you gaping and drooling. Some key moments in the trailer include Kylo Ren talking to the salvaged helmet of Darth Vader, saying,“I will finish what you started”, in a deep, fear-inspiring voice. Another shot shows Kylo Ren torturing Poe Dameron with the Force that is cringe-worthy.

The trailer also sees Han Solo (Harrison Ford) speak a few new lines, and oh, how we love each and every word of it: “The Dark Side, the Jedi, they’re real.”  You get to see the Millennium Falcon show off some new moves that will bring tears and nostalgia in buckets. And when the Millennium Falcon jumps to lightspeed, you get the goosies once again. And here’s the final trailer.”The Force is calling to you…just let it in.”

We’ll leave you with some incredible posters for the movie. Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theatres worldwide on December 18.

 

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