J.J. Abrams’ seventh episode in the Star Wars saga has wrapped principal photography and the film’s title has finally been announced – Star Wars: The Force Awakens. What’s noticeable about this new title is the lack of an Episode VII prefix. Modern franchise movies don’t do numerals (roman or otherwise: the colon is king) and this means that this film should fit nicely alongside the many mooted spin-offs. However, I wouldn’t be surprised if Episode VII appears in the film’s opening crawl, retaining George Lucas’ original vision.
Going back to The Force Awakens; what does it mean? It implies that The Force has been dormant for a while. This potentially sits alongside reports that the Empire (and potentially the Darkside) is rising up once again, while Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker has apparently been missing for quite some time.
Whatever the case, the marketing for Star Wars: The Force Awakens has well and truly started as J.J Abrams’ film is now a little over a year away. Expect more details to drop as we approach the Christmas 2015 release date.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, starring Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Lupita Nyong’o, and Gwendoline Christie opens on 18 December 2015.