Over the weekend, legions of Fanboys and Fangirls took over the Anaheim Convention center to live and breathe STAR WARS even more so than on a regular day. This year’s celebration marked the first time that fans could catch a glimpse of the new life of the saga under the guidance of Disney, JJ Abrams and Lucasfilm’s president Kathleen Kennedy. From Episode 7 to the spin-offs and everything in between, here is what we now know about the future of Star Wars.
That Trailer Tho:
Yes, the chills, the gasps at hearing and seeing familiar faces while a new story unfolds. Then of course the TEARS that came after Han uttered “Chewie, we’re home” It was too much to handle, that of course it was screened twice. Recovering from the nostalgia slap in the face, lots of questions are raised. Who is Luke talking to? (Please be Rey) Who’s lightsaber gets handed off? (Anakin’s) What’s with the new Empire? Is it a time of divide and not just oppression? Has it been for 38 YEARS?! WHY ISN’T IT ALREADY CHRISTMAS!??!
A New Hope With Everyone Involved:
JJ Abrams admitted he said ‘no’ to helming the new film initially because he found the task daunting as a fan who grew up influenced by the film. By the look of the footage and of behind the scenes images of the shoot, you can see his respect for what fans loved about the originals but also with his take on a familiar universe through a different eye. Landscapes are real, there is CGI where needed but hey even the new cute droif BB8 is practical! Actors Oscar Issac and John Boyega are long-time fans. Boyega, recounted the story where he brought his Stromtrooper Han to set for Ford to autograph. Which in true Ford fashion, was met with a grumpy old man response: “This is weird but I’ll sign it for you.” he said before signing it on set.
“It’s almost three years to the day, that I sat in a tiny little restaurant with George (Lucas– duh),” said Kathleen Kennedy, “and he said I’m retiring and I’m thinking about moving on and I’d like somebody to come in and carry on this legacy and I thought he was going to ask me recommendations on who might do that. And I said, ‘Who are you thinking about?’ And he said, ‘Well, I was thinking about you.’ ” She was met with a thunderous response when she shared the story of the transition from producer to president of Lucasfilm. Having a woman at the forefront of this new chapter of Star Wars has prompted talk from fans for more representation. Kennedy, a mother of 2 daughters herself, promises more gender inclusion, and to feature strong women, in the future of entire Star Wars franchise, not just in Episode 7.
But, as also know, the face of the actors are diversifying as well. The leads are a Latino (Oscar Isaac), a British-Nigerian (John Boyega) and a British female actor. Gender equality AND a diverse cast? YES PLEASE. Let’s hope we see more of both, not just in the cast, but also in the screenwriters and directors of future canon films.
Rey (Daisy Ridley) is a solitary scavenger on the planet Jakku who meets Finn (John Boyega) after he crash lands there. Whether Finn is a Stormtrooper or just happens to be in the suit is not yet revealed. Oscar Issac revealed that his character, Poe, was sent on a mission by a certain princess to retrieve something. Oh and he’s “The best freakin’ pilot in the galaxy!” The three are brought together and it’s yet to be divulged how their lives are intertwined, but hey, only 8 more months til December (*weep*).
The Star Wars Anthology:
Rogue One was confirmed to be the first spin-off film and not only that we got more details from director Gareth Edwards. The plot has been revealed and it “will revolve around a rogue band of resistance fighters who unite for a daring mission to steal the Death Star plans and bring new hope to the galaxy.” It will take place between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope with a release in December 2016. The teaser featured a voice over clip of Obi-Wan played by the great late Alec Guinness.
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