Released Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens - Star Wars: Trezirea Forței.  In August 2015, Lucasfilm and HP began a two-month program called "Art Awakens," in which people submitted art inspired by The Force Awakens, of which a certain number were chosen for an art exhibit, the proceeds of which went to "Force for Change. , The first teaser trailer—released early due to both fan demand and Abrams' request—was announced via the Bad Robot Productions Twitter account, with a note from Abrams saying fans will see a "tiny peek at what we're working on. The daughter of an Imperial scientist joins the Rebel Alliance in a risky move to steal the plans for the Death Star. From $19.99. Chewbacca injures Ren with his bowcaster, but Ren chases them out of the base and catches up to Finn and Rey in the forest. Rey uses a mind trick on a stormtrooper to aid her escape. Various retailers also included exclusive content and/or packaging, and one deleted scene was exclusive to the digital download. Some chains also banned the carrying of lightsaber toys. Toy Empire: Captain Phasma Figure and Collectible Roundup! Ren takes off his helmet and shows her his face. At Starkiller Base, a planet converted into a superweapon, powered by draining the energy of a star, and capable of destroying star systems, Kylo Ren and General Hux are summoned by Supreme Leader Snoke, who appears as a large remote hologram projection. The two join Han and Chewie and successfully jump to hyperspace in the Falcon. The acquisition was finalized on October 30, 2012. The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the definitive expression of how the latest chapter in the Star Wars saga was dreamed into being. There, she encounters BB-8 struggling against being captured by a green-skinned humanoid scavenger named Teedo. Star Wars: The Force Awakens + Bonus 2016.  The June 2015 issue of Variety featured a cover story on The Force Awakens, with interviews with cast and crew and images from an Annie Leibovitz photo shoot. On his part, Iger explained that his company intended to make a film that was familiar to what had come before. 30 years after the defeat of Darth Vader and the Empire, Rey, a scavenger from the planet Jakku, finds a BB-8 droid that knows the whereabouts of the long lost Luke Skywalker. Kathleen Kennedy to become Co-Chair of Lucasfilm Ltd. New Video Series: A Discussion About the Future of Star Wars, New 'Star Wars' Movie Has Treatment by 'Toy Story 3' Writer, New Star Wars Movie: Michael Arndt to Write 'Episode VII.' , The merchandise garnered criticism as it lacked Rey's presence: Hasbro announced it would rerelease its Force Awakens Monopoly set to include her after it excluded her in favor of Darth Vader, who is not in the movie. Lucasfilm Confirms, Star Wars: Disney CEO Bob Iger's Firm 2015 Date Leaves 'Episode VII' Team Scrambling, How George Lucas' Star Wars 7 Ideas Were Used By Disney, Stephen Colbert Says He Never Wanted to Host The Daily Show, Simon Kinberg describes the brain trust that is plotting the next generation of, A Portrait Of The Scoundrel As A Young Man: Writers Lawrence And Jonathan Kasdan On, 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Original Ending Revealed, Disney Chief Reveals 'Star Wars: VII' Casting Almost Complete, Says Film Is Already Shooting (Video), 'Star Wars: Episode VII' has already begun filming, says Disney's Alan Horn, Star Wars tekin upp Ã¡ Ãslandi Ã aprÃl (Translation: Star Wars filmed in Iceland in April), Alan Horn Confirms Episode VII Filming In Abu Dhabi, Everything I Can Tell You About 'Stars Wars': Horn, Mark Hamill on his emotional return to 'Star Wars' and Luke Skywalker, New Star Wars films 'would have bored me', says Scots actor Denis Lawson, Denis Lawson, Wedge Antilles from Star Wars, Did Not Reject Doing the New Films After All. There are five levels of parallels, including Lightsaber Green (1 per pack), Lightsaber Blue (1:2 packs) and Lightsaber Purple (1:4 packs), along with hobby-only Gold (#/50) and Platinum (1/). Finn gives them the Starkiller's blueprints, which reveal that the Starkiller drains the energy of a star in order to charge its primary weapon, and that it requires a thermal oscillator, which sustains the energy on the planet, in order to function.  On July 6, Lucasfilm confirmed that actors Crystal Clarke and Pip Andersen were cast in the film through open casting calls in the United Kingdom. The Resistance celebrates their victory while Leia, Chewbacca, and Rey mourn Han's death.  On August 11, Denver, Colorado resident D.C. Barns was announced as the contest's winner. Rey encounters BB-8 in the deserts of Jakku. They approach each other on a bridge over a large pit, and Han pleads with his son to reject Snoke and return to the light side of the Force. Three years into the Clone Wars, the Jedi rescue Palpatine from Count Dooku. Use the HTML below.  The production team built a new C-3PO suit to accommodate Anthony Daniels, while the R2-D2 model was provided and overseen by members of the R2-D2 Builders Club. You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin. Initially, Ren is able to see into Rey's mind, mentioning an island surrounded by water. Attempting to seek guidance from his grandfather, Darth Vader, Kylo Ren sits quietly in his meditation chamber. Dameron also tells him that the map vital to the Resistance was located within his astromech droid. These new uniforms were inspired by Apple products. Lucasfilm later announced that the film would be an original story not beholden to the continuity of the Star Wars Expanded Universe, which was rebranded as the non-canon Star Wars Legends. December 18, 2015  A 3D Collector's Edition was also released in late 2016, containing Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, Digital HD and DVD versions of the film. Meanwhile, Kylo reveals to Snoke that Rey is strong with the Force but untrained, and Snoke commands Kylo to bring Rey to him. The First Order, tipped off to BB-8's presence, arrives and attacks Maz Kanata's castle. ) Abrams and the cast appeared on a Star Wars–themed episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live! They are aided by Han Solo in their search for Skywalker and their mission to destroy the First Order's new superweapon, Starkiller Base, which targets the New Republic and the Resistance for destruction. Rey then makes her way through Starkiller Base, honing her Force abilities while using stealth. Another Hux, meanwhile, reports to Snoke, who orders him to rescue Ren and flee the base, so Ren can finish his training.  A novelization was released, as well as a number of other titles directly connected to the film, such as an art book, a character anthology, and Ultimate Sticker Collection.  On November 28, it was revealed that R2-KT, the droid built in honor of Katie Johnson, would make an appearance in The Force Awakens. With only one option left, the trio manages to escape in the Millennium Falcon. Maz gives Luke's old lightsaber to Finn for safekeeping, telling Han she doesn't have time to tell him how she retrieved it. Ren learns that the map is located within a BB series droid that fled the village, and informs General Armitage Hux of the new information. FN-2187 mans the guns, killing several of his former comrades in the hangar, and then disables the Finalizer's turbolasers on the outside of the vessel. (2015). Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more. Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga 9-Movie Collection + Bonus 2020. The ship is in major need of repairs, so Finn, Rey and BB-8 begin working to fix it. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. Arriving in stores on December 18, the same day that Star Wars: The Force Awakenshits theaters, it takes fans deep inside the evolution of the film. , The Force Awakens was nominated for five Oscars at the 88th Academy Awards (the largest number of award nominations for a single Star Wars film since A New Hope), held on February 28, 2016. If the thermal oscillator was destroyed, it would de-stabilize the planet's core and implode the base. BB-8 notices Finn, wearing his master Dameron's jacket, prompting Rey to chase after him. Rey goes to Unkar Plutt to again exchange her salvage for foodstuff, and the Crolute offers to buy BB-8 for sixty food portions; while tempted, Rey declines the offer. As the unconscious Finn recovers in the medical unit, Rey kisses him on the head and thanks him for everything. Concentrating, Rey tries one last time, and the stormtrooper listens to her demands. Rey is brought to Starkiller Base and interrogated by Kylo Ren, who wants information on the map to Luke Skywalker. The Force Flows at New York Comic Con 2015! Keep track of everything you watch; tell your friends. on November 23. Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens, marketed as Star Wars: The Force Awakens, is a 2015 film directed by J.J. Abrams; co-written by Abrams, Lawrence Kasdan, and Michael Arndt; and produced by Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and Bad Robot Productions. The rathtars provide a distraction for Han and Chewie to escape, but one catches Finn and drags him around the freighter. Ultimately, Rey is able to overpower Ren and deal him a severe wound to his face while severing his lightsaber in two.  The official one sheet was released on October 18, 2015, while the full-length trailer debuted on October 19 with ESPN's Monday Night Football.  Character names were revealed shortly thereafter in online mock collector cards. 135 minutes Rey, as well as a rogue stormtrooper and two smugglers, are thrown into the middle of a battle between the Resistance and the daunting legions of the First Order. Series  On June 11, the 71-year old Harrison Ford broke his left leg when a hydraulic door at Pinewood Studios fell down and hit him, and was airlifted to John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. Rey finds Luke Skywalker on the oceanic planet of Ahch-To.  Kasdan's son Jon had uncredited writing contributions to the script, and Episode VIII director Rian Johnson requested Abrams change the ending by having R2-D2 (not BB-8) come to Ahch-To and for Luke not to be floating boulders as originally intended. Scavenging through the Imperial Star Destroyer, she finds a valuable piece of salvage and drops it in her satchel. Solo takes Rey, Finn, and BB-8 to the planet Takodana to meet with Maz Kanata at her castle. However, Chewbacca arrives with the Millennium Falcon to rescue them. , According to Robert Iger's 2019 memoir The Ride of a Lifetime, George Lucas was not pleased with the film, feeling that it lacked creativity or innovation. The 2015 Topps Star Wars: The Force Awakens Series 1 base set has 100 cards. , Following Disney's acquisition of Lucasfilm in 2012, its "imagineers" began developing Star Wars–themed expansions to the various Disney theme parks. The story begins thirty years after the events of Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi. Kanata explains to her the lightsaber's history and that it was calling to her. She follows the screams.  J.J. Abrams later released a YouTube video in which he announced that the contest had raised $4.26 million. Meanwhile, the Resistance prepares for battle with the First Order. With no alternative, Poe gives the map to BB-8 and orders the BB unit to flee. After finishing her meal, she watches a starship depart from the planet and then notices a distant sound.  Lucasfilm confirmed on November 9 that pre-production had begun on Star Wars: Episode VII, and that screenwriter Michael Arndt would write the script for the film. Ren becomes so impressed with Rey that he tries to tempt her, complimenting her strength with the Force and offering to complete her training if she joins him. The First Order has risen from the ashes of the Galactic Empire and is opposed by General Leia Organa and the Resistance, both of which seek to find the missing Jedi Master Luke Skywalker. Disney and Lucasfilm officially announced Episode VII and the sequel trilogy the same day. Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens is a disappointing and derivative start to the new Star Wars trilogy. All titles published under Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be canonical within the Star Wars universe, and in-continuity with the Star Wars films, animated series, new books, and Marvel comics. Before departing to Starkiller Base, Han and Leia embrace, and Leia pleads Han to bring their son home.  On January 25, 2013, StarWars.com announced that J.J. Abrams, known for his work on the television series Lost and the most recent entries in the Star Trek film series, would direct the film, with Star Wars creator George Lucas remarking, "I've consistently been impressed with J.J. as a filmmaker and storyteller. That I know. , On November 6, 2014, the official Star Wars Twitter account announced that the film had completed principal photography. McGregor's recording was combined with audio of the late Alec Guinness, and pre-existing Yoda audio was ultimately used in lieu of Oz's new recording. Wookieepedia is a FANDOM Movies Community. , Theater tickets became available for pre-order on October 19th, with many online retailers experiencing outages due to heavy demand, including top sites such as Fandango. FN-2187 goes to help his squadmate, but FN-2003's wound proves fatal, and in his final moments, FN-2003 smears his blood on FN-2187's helmet before dying, deeply affecting FN-2187. Rey and Ren continue fighting: Ren has taken even more wounds, from Chewbacca, Finn, and Rey, but even so initially holds the advantage, drawing on his rage to ignore the pain. Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England, UK. However, Bob Iger halted work on these expansions until The Force Awakens and other future Star Wars films had reached a point in their development that elements from those projects could be included. Fleetwood passed away on November 9 or 10, 2015. Rey develops her newly discovered abilities with the guidance of Luke Skywalker, who is unsettled by the strength of her powers. Some North American theaters offered special limited advance showings on the evening of December 17th rather than the traditional midnight showing. Timeline Feeling responsible and blaming himself for the failure, Luke went into exile. They are opposed by villains such as Kylo Ren, a dark warrior with a mysterious past; and General Armitage Hux, the commander of Starkiller Base. Star Wars Episode 7 script still not finalized - Movies News - Digital Spy, Star Wars: The Force Awakens: The Visual Dictionary. In LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens, relive the epic action from the blockbuster film in way that only LEGO can offer, featuring brand new story content from the Star Wars Universe that explores the time between Star Wars: Return of the Jedi and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a strong return to the Star Wars mythos. Han, Chewbacca, and Finn are brought to the Resistance base on D'Qar. Upon finding the location of the Resistance base, the Starkiller begins draining the power of the sun to destroy D'Qar. Luke had tried to rebuild the Jedi Order, but an apprentice of his turned to the dark side, destroying all that Luke had built and killing the other padawans that Luke had trained. The Star Wars universe is ever-expanding, and so is the list of actors who were almost a part of it. In the epic conclusion of the saga, the Empire prepares to crush the Rebellion with a more powerful Death Star while the Rebel fleet mounts a massive attack on the space station. However, the dark warrior has a difficult time probing her mind, and Rey is even able to push back into Ren's mind. Experience the triumph of the Force in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi. " John Wenzel of the Denver Post graded the film at 3 1/2 stars out of 4, calling it a "masterful symphony" and praising the film's emphasis on "practical effects and honest-to-God sets.  Adjusted for ticket price inflation, The Force Awakens is the most successful sequel of all time, narrowly beating Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back.  The event was streamed live on StarWars.com. This was also why the criminal gangs were able to track it down so quickly, and meant the First Order could track it as well.  As part of the merger, Disney revealed that it planned to produce a sequel trilogy of films beginning in 2015, with Kennedy serving as executive producer. Despite initially claiming that the Star Wars story ended with the redemption of Anakin Skywalker in Return of the Jedi, and after spending years refuting speculation that there would be another film, Star Wars creator George Lucas began work on Episode VII in 2011 in order to increase the value of Lucasfilm before he sold it to The Walt Disney Company, although Disney would later elect to not use Lucas' story. While very little was known about Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens before this week, despite an overabundance of rumors, thanks to the 2015 Star Wars Celebration that was held in Anaheim, California, we have plenty of official details to start forming a picture of what's been happening in the Star Wars universe for the 30 years since Episode VI. GunnarsdÃ³ttir, Lilja KatrÃn (2014-03-19). Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? , Supervising sound editor Matthew Wood brought in former cast and crew members of Star Wars: The Clone Wars to record various background dialogue. Han, Rey, Finn, and BB-8 arrive at Maz Kanata's castle. In the midst of this search, new heroes rise in the form of Rey, a 19 year-old girl and a Force-sensitive scavenger from Jakku; Finn, a stormtrooper who defected from the First Order; and Poe Dameron, the best pilot in the Resistance. Star Wars: The Force Awakens TV Spot (Official). Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a Wookiee and two droids to save the galaxy from the Empire's world-destroying battle station, while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the mysterious Darth Vader. Was this review helpful to you? 315 of 398 people found this review helpful. Lawrence KasdanJ.J. AbramsMichael Arndt , On May 21, 2014, Disney, Lucasfilm, and Bad Robot announced "Force for Change," a charity campaign "dedicated to finding creative solutions to some of the world's biggest problems"; initially, the campaign was focused on contributing to UNICEF. He said, "Had Chewbacca not been where he was, you probably wouldn't have thought of it. After stormtrooper FN-2187 is deployed, FN-2003 is hit with blaster fire by Poe. Mitaka tells Ren that they also appear to have been helped by a local scavenger girl. , The Force Awakens began preliminary shooting in April 2014, with second-unit work taking place in Iceland and Abu Dhabi. The film received widespread critical praise upon its release and was a massive box office success, becoming the highest grossing film of all time in North America when not adjusted for inflation. Kathleen KennedyJ.J. AbramsBryan BurkJohn SwartzLawrence Kasdan (consultant)Simon Kinberg (consultant)  The cast (including the droids) participated in an a cappella medley of the music from the series with Jimmy Fallon and The Roots on The Tonight Show. Social Scanner: Hangin' with BB-8 and More! He then asks his grandfather to show him the power of the darkness again, to pull him back to the dark side of the Force and help him overcome his future trials. With the recovered map from BB-8 displayed on hologram, 3PO reveals that it is only partially complete, and that the map matches no charted system on record.  On September 23, Facebook released a 360-degree panoramic video clip of a speeder driving across Jakku. Worldwide, the film was the third highest-grossing film of all time at the time of its release (behind Avatar and Titanic). When a fish from Oliver's salmon cannon falls on the script that he's holding, Abrams gets frustrated and quits the film. A group of intergalactic criminals must pull together to stop a fanatical warrior with plans to purge the universe. Finn and Rey observe nearby Stormtroopers that are looking for BB-8. She frees the droid and gives it directions to Niima Outpost and sends it on its way, but BB-8 insists on traveling with her. " Lucasfilm has published a series of books and comics that connect Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. They demand that Han hand over the droid and any stowaways he might have on board. Saturn Award 2016: Best Science Fiction Film, Outside Xbox: 7 Levels You Get in Basically Every Game. Poe and his astromech droid BB-8 attempt to flee in their T-70 X-wing starfighter, but a pair of stormtroopers disable the engines with their blasters. J.J. Abrams After a daring mission to rescue Han Solo from Jabba the Hutt, the Rebels dispatch to Endor to destroy the second Death Star. Rey attacks Finn, believing him to be a thief. Enraged, Chewbacca, Rey, and Finn start firing at Ren and the stormtroopers. He also admits that he lied about being in the Resistance. Han, Chewbacca, and Finn sneak into the main base and capture Captain Phasma, whom they force to disable the shields before disposing of her in a garbage chute. I worked on VII: helped break the story, read scripts, drafts at certain points, and gave my thoughts whatever they were worth. Han and Chewie speak with Maz. And I certainly, in a million years, never expected to return. Corpses lay around the Knights of Ren who slaughtered these victims.  Hamill remarked on returning to Star Wars: "Part of the experience of [Star Wars] in my life was coming down from that, putting it behind me. Finn manages to deal him a glancing wound, but nonetheless Ren quickly overpowers the former stormtrooper and deals him a grievous injury to his back. Each person who donated was entered to win a set visit to and appearance in Episode VII.  Abrams, Boyega, and Ridley participated in a Saturday Night Live sketch featuring cast members and guest celebrities in a series of fake auditions. Meanwhile, Finn attempts to bandage Chewie's arm, which was wounded while fighting on the Eravana. 61 wins & 126 nominations. During an adventure into the criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his future co-pilot Chewbacca and encounters Lando Calrissian years before joining the Rebellion. Sensing his father's presence, Kylo goes to meet Han. How did Rey learn so quickly what took Luke years to learn? The battle over the trenches of Starkiller Base. $200 million (estimated) Returning to the Resurgent-class Star Destroyer Finalizer, FN-2187 is overwhelmed with emotions because of the death of his squadmate and the massacre of the villagers. Han Solo pilots the Millennium Falcon to Starkiller Base accompanied by Chewbacca and Finn. "Batwoman," "Snowpiercer," and "Search Party" are three of the biggest TV premieres this month.  A third, shorter teaser was released on the Star Wars Instagram on August 27. , Principal photography was announced on May 10, 2013, and began on May 16, 2014 at the UK's Pinewood Studios.  Earlier that November, J.J. Abrams made a cameo on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, in which he could be seen directing R2-D2 on the set of The Force Awakens. The Force will awaken this year in the anticipated new trilogy and Esquire's obsessive coverage will keep you up-to-date on all the latest trailers, interviews, and news. StarWars.com Gives Lollipops to the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Cast, Hard-Hitting Questions for the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Cast and Creators, From "Blast that X-Wing!" It doesn't work, but Rey tries again: this time he walks over and tells her he will tighten her restraints instead of undoing them. We had a beginning, middle, and an end. Some of the voice cast of The Force Awakens.  His recovery forced him to drop out of filming for eight weeks. As Obi-Wan pursues a new threat, Anakin acts as a double agent between the Jedi Council and Palpatine and is lured into a sinister plan to rule the galaxy. Finn likes the name, and goes on to use it. Finn and Dameron eject from the TIE shortly before it crashes, each landing separately some distance from the wreckage. Poe takes a shot at Ren from cover, but Ren casually stops the blaster bolt in mid-air with the Force. Ren is already badly injured, bleeding out of his abdomen from the bowcaster wound, but even so is too much for Finn. After the Rebels are brutally overpowered by the Empire on the ice planet Hoth, Luke Skywalker begins Jedi training with Yoda, while his friends are pursued by Darth Vader and a bounty hunter named Boba Fett all over the galaxy. Kanata then reveals that she herself is Force-sensitive; although she was never a Jedi, she can simply close her eyes and feel the light of the Force within herself, and recognizes that Rey can do this too.  He later elaborated in an interview with Stephen Colbert: "The original saga was about the father, the children, and the grandchildren. He had deserted after his first battle because he didn't want to kill unarmed villagers, for the First Order. With the shields down, Blue Squadron and Red Squadron led by Black Leader Poe Dameron commence their assault. During this time, Chewie detonates the thermal detonators in the base, allowing Poe to lead a squadron of X-wings into the trenches of Starkiller Base.  Reportedly, one sequence was shot with IMAX cameras. Gajewski, Ryan; Pamela McClintock (2015-10-19). It is currently the fourth highest-grossing film of all time (behind Avengers: Endgame, Avatar and Titanic). After BB-8 displays a projection of the map, Han explains that after Luke disappeared, there were many parties that went searching for him. Kennedy said shortly after the announcement that the development team was in the process of sitting down with writers to discuss story ideas. The post gave the official title for the film as Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and was accompanied by a title card for the new name that, like the original trilogy, excluded the "Episode" subtitle.