A lot of news has been released about the upcoming Star Wars film including its official title, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. In an interview with the current CEO of Disney, Bob Iger reveals who chose the name: “It was a decision that was made by a few people involved in the process, Kathleen Kennedy who runs Lucasfilm for us, and J.J. Abrams who is directing The Force Awakens… I was gonna say Star Wars VII but now there’s a new name.”
Although many fans have found this new title to be underwhelming in comparison to previous titles like The Empire Strikes Back, Disney won’t be changing it.
Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm also released a press release and picture revealing the official cast, setting all the rumors and speculation to rest. Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow would join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in the new film. Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave) and Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones) were added back in June.
Director J.J. Abrams said,
“We are so excited to finally share the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. It is both thrilling and surreal to watch the beloved original cast and these brilliant new performers come together to bring this world to life, once again. We start shooting in a couple of weeks, and everyone is doing their best to make the fans proud.”
Another interesting tidbit of news is the fact that quite a bit of concept art for the film, sets, and characters were released online in October. If you’d like to take a look at the 30 something or so pictures, be warned that they do include spoilers. Since then, there’s been a lot of debate about Luke Skywalker’s role in the film.
A user on that site, Kyle, got to see an image of a scene in which Luke wasn’t looking very much like himself and revealed what he thought about it:
I hate to say it, but Luke looks like a crazy person. I don’t know if he’s a villain, a cyborg, or a Jedi Master; but one thing is for sure, he’s a long way from the “Luke Skywalker here to rescue you.” It was actually a little unsettling to see.
Standing next to Luke was Adam Driver’s character, who was also announced to be playing the villain in the film. In contrast, he’s dressed in a suit and looking a lot calmer. Despite this, it’s general consensus that Luke Skywalker will be shown in his full glory at the end of the film.
Having spent the entire summer and some of the fall filming, the cast and crew officially wrapped 5 days ago on November 6th with the film not actually being released until December 18, 2015. It seems like a long way from now and even if you’re doubtful of what the finishing product will look like, I’m sure it’ll be worth the wait.