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In summer 2013, it was revealed both Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill had begun a vigorous regimen of diet, exercise and stunt training to prepare for their roles of Leia and Luke, respectively.
Michael Arndt penned the script for this film based on an outline by George Lucas for his abandoned sequel trilogy to the original Star Wars saga. Though few details of this outline have been made public, author Dave Pollack confirmed that the story would focus on the building of the New Republic after the fall of the Empire, that Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo would all appear, and that the children of Luke, Leia and Han would serve as the main characters of the story.
Creator George Lucas stated the transition from Lucasfilm to Disney was a way to "pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers."
The first J.J. Abrams film not to have a musical score by Michael Giacchino. Aptly enough, Giacchino had stated in an interview that he would rather hear the music of John Williams for a new Star Wars film than his own.
After publicly declining to direct a new Star Wars film, J.J. Abrams was visited at his Bad Robot office by Kathleen Kennedy. Their negotiations lasted over a month, during which time, Abrams' central concern was the vast magnitude and cultural significance of the project.
Both Brad Bird and Matthew Vaughn turned down the chance to direct. Bird had already committed to Tomorrowland (2015), forcing him to decline. Vaughn entered negotiations, even vacating the director's role on X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) in order to helm Episode VII, but eventually declined over "creative differences", reportedly disputes over the level of violence in the film and the casting of the female lead.
Although the announcement of this movie (and the sale of Lucasfilm to Disney) was not announced to the public until November 2012, both Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher stated that they had discussed appearing in Episode VII and other future Star Wars films with George Lucas in the summer of 2012, months before the sale.
The first live-action "Star Wars" film to not be released in the month of May.
Star Wars Episode VII will disregard the expanded universe.
Michael Arndt was originally hired as the screenwriter but left the production months later and was replaced by J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan.
Before Adam Driver was cast as the villain, Michael Fassbender and Hugo Weaving were considered for the role.
On September 26, 2013, it was confirmed that the film will be partially shot in IMAX.
The droid props in this film are produced by Lee Towersey and Oliver Steeples, who were members of the R2-D2 Builders Club. Their involvement began following Kathleen Kennedy coming across their work at Celebration Europe. They were subsequently contacted by executive producer Jason D. McGatlin, who contracted them into the creature effects team.
In October 2013, cinematographer Daniel Mindel, ASC revealed that he and J.J. Abrams had made the decision to shoot the new feature on 35mm film rather than follow the trend to shoot digitally. Initially, Mindel hoped to use Imax 65mm for most of the feature, but later said they had opted for 35mm due to Imax's cumbersome weight and noise problems.
Panavision provided two customized, black-painted Millennium XL2 cameras specifically for the production. The "A" camera was nicknamed the "Death Star", and the "B" camera, the "Millennium Falcon".
The second Star Wars film to be released in IMAX, and the first to be released in IMAX 3D.
Directors discussed to helm the film included Matthew Vaughn, Steven Spielberg, Guillermo del Toro, Peter Jackson, Christopher Nolan, Ben Affleck, Joss Whedon, Rian Johnson and James Cameron, before J.J. Abrams was eventually selected.
Harrison Ford sprained his ankle on the door of the Millennium Falcon.
Like Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) director George Lucas, J.J. Abrams has worked with Harrison Ford before. Ford appeared in Regarding Henry (1991), which was written by Abrams, who also appears briefly in the film as a delivery boy. Ford also acted in the second feature film by George Lucas, American Graffiti (1973).
British actor Denis Lawson, X-wing pilot Wedge Antilles during the original Star Wars trilogy, has confirmed that he turned down an invite from Disney to reprise his role in the new installments. Lawson told British press that "I'm not going to do that. They asked me but it just would have bored me."
The first "Star Wars" film to have more than one producer (J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk).
Jesse Plemons, Ed Speleers, John Boyega, Matthew James Thomas and Ray Fisher were the final candidates for one of the lead roles.
The first "Star Wars" film to be distributed by Walt Disney Pictures.
Max von Sydow was the basis of the look of Governor Pre Vizla in Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008).
The film will not be filmed with the High Frame Rate (48-60fps)
Max von Sydow played Emperor Ming the Merciless in the film Flash Gordon (1980). The Flash Gordon comic strip and Saturday morning serials were one of George Lucas' influences behind the "Star Wars" franchise.
Saoirse Ronan read for a role.
The film will not be filmed in native 3D, will be converted in stereoscopic 3D in post production.
Although this is the second Star Wars film to be released in IMAX it is the first to have IMAX cameras in use during filming.

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