Die-hard fans and casual moviegoers alike are picking apart every frame of footage from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. No wonder; as the first live-action “Star Wars” movie in 10 years (and first to return the original trilogy actors to the roles that made them famous), the film WILL shatter box office records.
Director J.J. Abrams is going to great lengths to make sure there are lots of nods to the original films, as well as surprises for a whole new generation of moviegoers:
WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD!
1. Daniel Craig (James Bond) is a Stormtrooper
Actor Simon Pegg has a long-standing relationship with Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams and was visiting the Star Wars set last year when he apparently found out about the cameo. When asked by the press if he would have a cameo in the new film as a Stormtrooper, Pegg replied, “I wasn’t a Stormtrooper. Daniel Craig was a Stormtrooper. Uh, I shouldn’t have said that…”
Craig, will reportedly wear a Stormtrooper helmet for his cameo, so fans will have to pick him out by looking for the trooper with better aim.
2. Director J.J. Abrams May Have Killed Off Jar Jar Binks
The bane of Star Wars fans everywhere, Jar Jar Binks has been more of a thorn in the side of fans than Darth Vader.
When reviewing dailies with a Vanity Fair reporter, Abrams told him, “I have a thought about putting Jar Jar Binks’s bones in the desert. I’m serious! Only three people will notice, but they’ll love it.”
3. Finn is Lando Calrissian’s Son
Insiders say the story for Star Wars: The Force Awakens partly surrounds the Lightsaber that Luke lost over Bespin when Darth Vader lopped off his hand in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. Finn, who is featured prominently in the first two trailers, is a journeyman soldier with a mission – and rumors indicate that mission is finding the long-lost owner of the Lightsaber.
It would make sense if Finn is Lando’s son, since that would put him in proximity of Cloud City and where the Lightsaber was lost. In a recent Star Wars: The Force Awakens Vanity Fair cast photo shoot Finn looks right at home in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon – the ship was originally owned by Lando…
4. Practical Effects Will Make Stars Wars: The Force Awakens Look Like Star Wars: A New Hope
Since The Force Awakens takes place about 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi, J.J. Abrams has gone to great lengths to bridge the gap for fans of the original trilogy and new fans as well: one of the main things he’s done is return “Star Wars” to its old-school roots.
For that he’s using practical effects instead of creating computer generated visual effects. This means a puppet or actor in a costume versus the computer-rendered characters and physical sets instead of Lucas’ favored virtual ones, so the X-wings and Millennium Falcon you see in the movie are real.
5. Captain Phasma is a Sith Lord
At 6’3”, Gwendoline Christie is an imposing figure. She’s been cast to play the chrome stormtrooper, also known as Captain Phasma. Christie is a former semi-professional gymnast and insiders say she’s been on the set training with a Lightsaber.
Only Jedi and Sith wield Lightsabers and unless she’s a spy for the rebellion, we expect Captain Phasma to make Boba Fett and Darth Maul look like Girl Scouts.
Making a Movie in A Galaxy Far, Far Away
There’s still a lot at stake for filmmaker J.J. Abrams. He’s taking over the reigns of one the most beloved franchises of all time and will be using every trick in the how to make a movie handbook. But with new characters, new locations and Harrison Ford returning as Han Solo, we can’t wait to see the results.