Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be the seventh installment in the episodic Star Wars film series, the first one in 7 years, and the first of the ‘Sequel trilogy’.
Some people feel this is truly the sixth film in the franchise, and first in 10 years, as they don't count the fairly less than successful animated movie The Clone Wars.
In fact some people didn’t even think this film would ever happen.
In 2005 it looked like the Star Wars saga was officially over. Lucasfilm and Twentieth Century Fox released Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, which completed the prequels trilogy and tied the story back to the first film in the series. It was done, finished, kaput, and ended.
But then along came Disney…
In October 2012 the studio brokered a $4.05 billion deal to buy Lucasfilm, and with the deal came the announcement that they would be starting production on a whole new trilogy of Star Wars films that would keep the epic story going for years and years to come. Naturally, fans started to overflow with anticipation. What would the new movies be about? Would they bring back classic characters or merely focus on new ones? Would there be new stories set outside of the trilogy?
So far we still have more questions than answers.
Little is known about the premise of this film other than this trailer that has been released as Walt Disney Pictures are keeping their cards very close to their chest.
What we do know is that it is set approximately 30 years after the events of Return Of The Jedi.
It is to be directed by J. J. Abrams, and sees Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher return as Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Leia Organa respectively.
December 18th seems to be the given date for the long awaited release, and with a production budget of over $200 million dollars it is safe to say the world……or should we say the galaxy is expecting great things.
The trailer set an all-time record with over 88 million views within the first 24 hours of it's release, however if you are one of the people that hasn’t seen it yet, then check it out below.