U.S. Release Date: 12/18/15
Nearly 40 years after the world first visited a galaxy far, far away, J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens resurrects one of the biggest and most iconic franchises ever to grace the big screen.
Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford and Mark Hammill once again play Princess Lea, Hans Solo and Luke Skywalker respectively, the characters who – back in 1977 – stamped them onto Sci-Fi’s map in George Lucas’ original Star Wars chapter.
Both Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilms have been exceptionally tight lipped about the storyline, but that hasn’t stopped the internet from being bombarded with speculation, anticipation and outright noise. Surfing the web for info about this event movie, one is amazed at some fans’ level of narrow mindedness, pettiness. Take, for example, the feature in V Magazine , which discusses the hoopla caused by a few people’s objection to the casting of Attack the Block’s John Boyega as Finn, a Stormtrooper who leaves the dark side and fights for the good guys. Seems that a small number of people, clearly racist, didn’t want a black Stormtrooper. According to the article, Boyega came up with the perfect response.
“Get used to it,” he is quoted as saying.
Sharp and to the point.
As for the the storyline itself, info, as previously stated, is extremely limited. In a nutshell, an evil force called The First Order is waging war on the force of good, which happens to be led by Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher). Turns out she is trying to find Luke Skywalker (Hamill), her long lost brother.
Into this universe comes, Gwendoline Christie, best known for her roles as Brienne of Tarth on Game of Thrones and Commander Lyme in The Hunger Games, who plays chrome armored stormtrooper Captain Phasma – the first female baddie to enter the Star Wars mythos.
In a recent interview with the New York Daily News, the actress insists that the armor had not been especially made for a woman. That’s why she hopes that audiences will – instead of concenctrating purely on her flesh – judge the character from her actions and personality.
Other major personalities include General Hux (Domhall Gleeson), Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis), and Kylo Ren, a member of the Knights of Ren – a group which idolizes Darth Vader and loves the dark side.
Adam Driver, whio plays Ren, dons a mask created by Michael Kaplan – the film’s costume designer – and his team. During the film’s early stages, in fact, the crew came up with many different impressions of Kylo before envisioning the final look – something which, according to Abrams, needed to strike a lasting impression in a child’s memory. This especially struck a chord with one of his designers, who prpomptly went to work. In the interview Kapalan says he doesn’t know where his guy found the inspiration for the mask’s design, but he recalls that Abrams loved this, as well as the barrage of costumes Kaplan created to return worldwide audiences to that galaxy far, far and away.
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
Director: J.J. Abrams
Stars: Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Max Von Sydow
Screenwriters: J.J. Abrams & Lawrence Kasdan
Producers: Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk
Executive Producers: Tommy Harper and Jason McGatlin
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