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In a real-life parallel to the film Fanboys (2009), Mark Hamill and John Boyega successfully lobbied director J.J. Abrams to allow Star Wars fan Daniel Fleetwood to see the film before official release, as Fleetwood had been diagnosed with terminal cancer, and was not expected to live to see the film's release date of December 15, 2015. Fleetwood was shown the film at a screening in his house, after Disney agreed. Fleetwood died November 10, 2015.
Mark Hamill claimed George Lucas nonchalantly told him over lunch a new Star Wars trilogy was going to be made by Disney, and if he did not want to be involved, Luke Skywalker would simply be written out of the script. However, Hamill immediately agreed to reprise the role. Hamill admitted, however, that he pretended to also be nonchalant about it, so it didn't seem like he was excited for the role. He also said within five seconds Carrie Fisher exclaimed she'd do it, and asked if there was a part for her daughter Billie Lourd.
When Finn and Rey ask Han if he is THE Han Solo, he replies, "I used to be," which is a reply Ford himself regularly uses when fans ask if he is Harrison Ford.
John Williams received his 50th Oscar nomination for scoring this film.
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The first J.J. Abrams film not to have a musical score by Michael Giacchino. Aptly enough, Giacchino stated in an interview that he would rather hear the music of John Williams in a new Star Wars film than his own. Giacchino's name shows up in Episode VII's credits as a Stormtrooper.
Only time Harrison Ford has received top billing in a Star Wars film, making him the first non-Jedi character to be credited first.
John Boyega was so nervous and frightened at the prospect of not getting the role that he didn't tell his parents that he had been cast until after a cast photo was posted online by the official Star Wars Twitter page.
When the first trailer was released, there was much discussion about how it appeared to be getting back to the "grubbiness" ("dirty transporters, second-hand rockets, things that broke") of Episodes IV-VI, rather than the CGI cleanliness of Episodes I-III. British television star Phill Jupitus revealed in an interview that he "met an effects bloke in Essex, he drinks in my local coffee shop. He said (the makers of the new film) bought every gas-bottled air gun in England when they arrived, because they wanted the Stormtroopers' guns to have a kick when they fired them. You don't have to fake it; it looks real."
After he was cast, Oscar Isaac revealed to J.J. Abrams that his uncle is a huge Star Wars fan. As a result, arrangements for Isaac's uncle to visit the film set were made. To the great surprise of Isaac and his uncle, Abrams then asked if he would be interested in appearing in the film as an extra. Isaac's uncle quickly agreed, and appears as one of the villagers during the opening sequence on Jakku.
Kevin Smith and Benedict Cumberbatch visited the set. Smith, infamous for his open and talkative nature, was forced to sign a non-disclosure agreement and J.J. Abrams had World War II-style propaganda posters titled "Loose Lips Sink Starships" hung up around the set, as a reminder to Smith not to reveal spoilers for the film to the public. True to his word, the only tidbit Smith revealed about his visit was that he cried when he stood on the Millennium Falcon set, as it reminded him of how much he loved "Star Wars" as a child.
X-Wing Blue Squadron makes its debut in The Force Awakens. In the original Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), Luke Skywalker was originally supposed to fly with Blue Squadron, but the blue markings on the star fighters proved to be difficult to film against bluescreens, so it was changed to Red Squadron.
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George Lucas, while maintaining that he was at peace relinquishing his material, admitted to having mixed feelings before seeing the film, likening the experience to attending an ex-wife's wedding.
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While filming in summer 2014, Harrison Ford broke his ankle on the door of the Millennium Falcon. About a year later J.J. Abrams revealed that he hurt his back while trying to help get Ford out from under the door.
Rey's outfit is inspired by early drawings from Star Wars concept artist Ralph McQuarrie for Luke Skywalker, at a point when he and George Lucas were playing with the idea of making Luke a woman.
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Harrison Ford cried after seeing the film for the first time.
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Mark Hamill rerecorded his monologue from Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) ("the Force is strong in my family") to be used in the teaser trailer, but it was decided to mix his newly recorded lines with those originally recorded, as a reverberation, so as to subtly tease his reprisal of his role.
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When he was interviewed about Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) on TV-AM in the UK in 1983, Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) stated that George Lucas had considered bringing Hamill back as Luke, as an Obi-wan Kenobi-like character passing Excalibur onto the next generation in Episode VII, and that Episode VII would not be until 2011.
J.J. Abrams always wanted General Hux to be played by a young actor. He wanted the character to have a sense of tragedy and the fact that he appears to be too young to be in charge of a murderous group added to that. According to Abrams, the character's name was created after he noticed an old, abandoned grave site with the name Hux engraved on the stone.
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John Boyega originally played Finn in his natural English accent. But both he and J.J. Abrams felt it didn't feel right for the character. So Boyega changed to an American accent for the role.
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In summer 2013 it was revealed that 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.
When Finn bumps against the Dejarik (chess) table, the game that appears is the same game played by Chewbacca and R2-D2 in Episode IV. The small creature that was thrown to the ground by the considerably larger creature is seen getting back to its feet, and then smashing his larger opponent with a mace-like weapon.
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The first Star Wars film to not have Kenny Baker cast as R2-D2. He is, however, credited as the R2-D2 Consultant. He sadly passed away on August 13, 2016 at the age of 81.
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Because of the secretive nature surrounding the film, several cast members found out that they had gotten parts in the film with very short notice. Domhnall Gleeson found out the day after he auditioned, which was only one day before the table read. Oscar Isaac found out only several hours before the table read, and was instructed to wait in a London hotel room to receive a call telling him whether he was to go downstairs and into a waiting car that would take him to the table read, or book a flight back to the United States.
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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.
At one point, Han Solo refers to many of the iconic vocabulary from the Star Wars mythos as "mumbo-jumbo." This is the very same word the late Sir Alec Guinness so (in)famously used in interviews, when complaining about the dialogue he had been given for his role in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977).
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The symbols on the flags hanging outside Maz Kanata's castle include Boba Fett's Mythosaur skull, Ziro the Hutt's Black Sun tattoo, Hondo Ohnaka's pirate symbol and several Podracer's flags. There is also the symbol of the 501st Legion on one of the flags. The 501st is an international fan-based organization dedicated to the construction and wearing of screen-accurate replicas of Imperial Stormtrooper armor, Sith Lords, Clone Troopers, bounty hunters, and other villains from the Star Wars universe.
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Gary Oldman auditioned for the role that went to Max von Sydow. This is the second time he was considered for a part in a Star Wars film, as he was approached to voice General Grievous in Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005).
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Daisy Ridley and John Boyega were not allowed to tell anyone about being cast until about three months later. Boyega did, however, tell a taxi driver.
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The character of Maz Kanata was based on J.J. Abrams' former English teacher, Rose Gilbert, whose large glasses apparently matched those of Maz. When beginning pre-production, it was revealed that production designer Rick Carter also had Gilbert as a teacher, and when coming up with the design of Maz, tried to contact Gilbert to let her know, but sadly, she had died at the age of 95.
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Brad Bird and Matthew Vaughn reportedly 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 his wanting to cast Chloë Grace Moretz as the female lead. Unlike J.J. Abrams, they would had likely done Original stories that weren't remakes of the Original Star Wars film from 1977, and thus they would had been far better received by George Lucas.
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Billie Lourd's (Carrie Fisher's daughter) film debut. She wears Princess Leia's buns.
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In an interview with Daisy Ridley during the press tour, she recounted her first day on-set, where she nearly had a panic attack when her performance wasn't up to snuff. Ridley said about the first day on set, "I was petrified. I thought I was gonna have a panic attack on the first day. J.J. Abrams ...he probably doesn't remember telling me that my performance was wooden. This was my first day! And I honestly wanted to die. I thought I was gonna cry, I couldn't breathe."
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Before Adam Driver was cast as the villain, Michael Fassbender was considered for the role.
The uniform worn by General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson) is modeled after the uniforms worn by Nazis mixed with some naval influences.
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On May 22, 2013, Conan O'Brien requested of J.J. Abrams to work the line "Jub jub" (first used by Conan as the name of Aunt Selma's pet iguana on The Simpsons (1989)) into the movie when Abrams was a guest on Conan: The Completely Flat Man... In 3-D!!! (2013). Abrams agreed, and the line "Jub jub" is said by Teedo as he moves away from Rey and BB-8 on his luggabeast.
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In a December 2015 New York Times interview, John Boyega was asked if his parents (who were both Nigerian immigrants to the UK) recognized the achievement represented by their son being a lead in a Star Wars movie, and Boyega responded, "They're from a Nigerian culture that has no interest in spaceships and all that nonsense. My dad wants to see real-life stuff. He's a big Bruce Willis fan. But he's caught the Star Wars bug. Mum hasn't. She's just like, 'Where do you come in?'"
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BB-8's design appears to have have been inspired by Ralph McQuarrie's original concept art for R2-D2, who also rolled around on a sphere-shaped bottom unit. Also, it was J.J. Abrams' idea to give BB-8 this name, because he thought he looks like a "B" and an "8".
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Poe Dameron (played by Oscar Isaac) is named after J.J. Abrams' former personal assistant, Morgan Dameron, and her daughter's stuffed polar bear named Poe. Morgan Dameron herself appears as Commodore Meta.
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Rey is nineteen years old, and was born eleven years after the Battle of Endor.
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Simon Pegg said in an interview that while visiting the set with his daughter, she befriended the prop of the BB-8 droid that was remote controlled by crew members.
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Podracers from Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) can be seen in the background of several of the scenes that take place on Jakku.
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This is the third movie in history to reach the $2 billion mark after Avatar (2009) and Titanic (1997).
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Rey continues the tradition of disparaging the Millennium Falcon when she calls it "garbage". In the original trilogy, Luke called the Millennium Falcon a "piece of junk", and Leia referred to it as a "bucket of bolts".
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The film had a budget of $245 million, which was the highest of a Star Wars film upon release.
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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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Finn's trooper name, FN-2187, refers to Princess Leia's cell in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), but also to the short film 21-87 (1964), an early influence on George Lucas. The montage film contains a reference to a "Force" that inspired Lucas' conception of The Force in the Star Wars universe.
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Luke Skywalker was meant to have a much larger role in the film, but his role was trimmed back out of fear that he would take attention away from the new characters.
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The Millennium Falcon has a rectangular antenna. That's because it lost its original antenna in the Battle of Endor in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983). J.J. Abrams rejected many different designs for the new radar dish, before art director Kevin Jenkins came up with the idea to use the shape of the radar dish seen on the Blockade Runner in the original Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977). The ship's design was originally created to be used as the Falcon.
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Creator George Lucas stated that the transition from Lucasfilm to Disney was a way to "pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers."
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Kylo Ren's lightsaber blade is the first whose energy blade is always shaking or crackling. It indicates the Kylo Ren's violent behavior and his feelings impregnated by the Dark Side of The Force. Also, in the Blu-ray extras it is told that his weapon is not yet finished.
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During production, the working title was "Shadow of the Empire".
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Elizabeth Olsen, Jennifer Lawrence, and Shailene Woodley were considered for the role of Rey. Olsen refused the audition for the role, because she already had a contract with Marvel Studios for the role of Scarlet Witch in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and because the shoot dates for this movie overlapped with Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015). In April 2014, J.J. Abrams chose Daisy Ridley as Rey, to mimic the same type of selections made by George Lucas, with little-known actors for the leading roles. In 1976, Lucas chose Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill for their respective roles of Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker.
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In an interview for Entertainment Weekly, J.J. Abrams revealed more about Maz Kanata's backstory than is communicated in the movie: "Her history is that she was a pirate for a long time. She's lived over a thousand years. She's had this watering hole for about a century, and it's like another bar that you'd find in a corner of the Star Wars universe."
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According to Star Wars The Force Awakens: The Visual Dictionary, Captain Phasma's chrome armor comes from a melted-down Naboo spacecraft.
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This film takes place 30 years after Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983). The film itself was released 32 years and seven months after that film.
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Carrie Fisher and Ellen DeGeneres gave away tickets for the premiere show, dressed up as Princess Leia at the side of the road, stopping people as they were driving.
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Harrison Ford grew his hair out to play the older Han Solo.
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Mark Hamill admitted in an interview that he was terrified to play Luke Skywalker again.
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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 McGatlin, who contracted them into the creature effects team.
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The lightsaber props used during production are different from the ones used in the previous movies. They now have specially designed blades that light up when activated, which now allows light reflections on the surrounding area.
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The new version of the X-Wing includes an element that Ralph McQuarrie and Joe Johnston originally designed for Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), but it was never used. Specifically, the circular engines that split into two half circles. The classic trilogy design had two cylinders on each side. A new aspect that was added for this movie, is that the wings themselves split vertically, as well as horizontally, with the front of the wing pushing down, and the back half up.
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During a scene as Finn and Rey return to Jakku, she mentions a place called Liwa Outpost. It is a nod to the Liwa Desert, where the planet Jakku was filmed in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
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Lando Calrissian's co-pilot from Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983), Nien Nunb, makes an appearance as a Resistance fighter, along with the puppeteer who originally controlled the character, Mike Quinn.
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Harrison Ford was paid $25 million for his appearance in the film. This is in stark contrast to the $10,000 he received for his role in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977).
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After being released, the second teaser trailer reached more than 20 million views on YouTube in less than 24 hours.
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Mark Hamill was the same age during the filming of this film as Alec Guinness was filming Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) (63 years old).
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This film takes place approximately 66 years after the events of Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999). "The Phantom Menace" took place 10 years before Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002), Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005) started three years after that, and Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) takes place 19 years after "Revenge of the Sith". There is a three-year gap between "A New Hope" and Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980), and one year between "Empire" and Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983). "The Force Awakens" takes place 30 years after "Return of the Jedi" (and 34 years after "A New Hope").
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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".
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By signing on to direct this film, J.J. Abrams became the first director to direct a Star Trek (2009) film and a Star Wars film.
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As BB-8 flees the massacre of the Jakku village near the beginning of the film, a very obvious puppet alien pops its head out of the sand to look at him. According to J.J. Abrams, everyone knew how bad it looked, but decided to keep it in anyway, because they thought it was cute. The puppet alien also says "ko ji ma" as a reference to video game director Hideo Kojima, the creator of the Metal Gear Solid video game series.
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This sequel trilogy of Star Wars (The Force Awakens, Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017), and Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker (2019)) will introduce a new canon timeline in Star Wars' saga with a new Expanded Universe called "New Universe", with new stories in the books, comics, games, et cetera. The former Expanded Universe is still recognized from Lucasfilm, but it was moved from the original canonical events in an "alternative timeline" known with the name "Legend Universe". The official Star Wars' timeline is now composed of: Prequel trilogy (Episodes: I, II, and III), Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008), Star Wars Rebels (2014), original trilogy (Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980), and Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)), and sequel trilogy (Episodes: VII, VIII, and IX). Some video games released since 2015 are not canon, as they do not strictly follow film chronology.
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Kylo Ren originally would have been a Dark Jedi, called the Jedi Killer, who was more akin to Darth Vader, and would power up by directly absorbing the energy of a star. At one point, he was even going to be a straight up Vader impersonator, wearing a exact copy of his suit in order to mess with Luke.
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This film had already accumulated enough IMDB user ratings (minimum 25,000) to be included in the Top 250 (coming in at #47), before the film could even be shown to the general U.S. audience, starting at 7 p.m. EST on December 17, 2015.
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At the start of her vision, Rey finds herself standing in a Cloud City corridor. In the novelization based on the original shooting script, she sees Luke and Vader duel during Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980), but does not recognize them.
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The quote from the trailer, "The Force is strong in my family. I have it... My father has it... My sister has it... You have that power too," was originally from Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983). It has been modified slightly, with Luke originally saying, "You have that power too," to his sister, Leia, just before saying, "The Force is strong in my family."
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Like all six prior films, the phrase "I have a bad feeling about this" or similar is spoken, this time by Han Solo when the Rathtars are set loose. In release order, the line was also spoken by Luke Skywalker ("I have a very bad feeling about this") and Han ("I got a bad feeling about this") in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), Leia in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980), C-3PO and Han ("I have a really bad feeling about this") in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983), Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999), Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002), and Obi-Wan in Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005).
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Joel Edgerton was considered for the role of Poe Dameron, even though he had already appeared in the franchise as Luke's uncle, Owen Lars, in the prequels.
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Simon Pegg and Greg Grunberg are two of three actors to appear in both a Star Wars and Star Trek film, after actor Deep Roy. George Takei appeared in Star Trek films, but only appeared in Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008).
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Parts of Poe's backstory, namely his hailing from Yavin, were suggested by Oscar Isaac and then incorporated into the official canon.
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Initially the idea was just to use Anthony Daniels' voice for C-3PO, but the actor insisted on wearing the costume again. A new lightweight suit was designed specifically for him.
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As of November 19, 2015, the film already made $50 million, just through advance ticket sales. This is double the amount that The Hunger Games (2012) received, which previously held the top spot for most money made from advance ticket sales.
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Rey's instantly rising bread was created practically without the aid of any visual effects. According to special effects supervisor Chris Corbould, his team spent several months working on the effect, and accomplished it by using a suction pump to remove the liquid, and an air pump to inflate the bread.
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This was the first live-action Star Wars movie to be released in December. All previous ones had been released in May.
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George Lucas was initially opposed to anyone else making Star Wars movies after he did, and he was personally divided on whether or not he wanted to make another trilogy. When Disney acquired Lucasfilm, they got Lucas' story treatments for Episodes VII, VIII, and IX, however, the new writing team chose not to use them. However, when he attended the film's red carpet premiere, he said he liked the film, and even received a standing ovation from the audience (despite having nothing to do with the film). A couple of weeks later, however, Lucas seemed to change his tune, and criticized the film for being too "retro", and compared Disney to "white slavers". Lucas quickly took back his comments.
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During the infiltration of Starkiller Base, a stormtrooper can be heard saying, "We think they may be splitting up", on his comm system. The same line was spoken during the escape from the Death Star, when Obi-wan Kenobi is sneaking through the station corridors.
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All three new key characters Rey, Finn, and Kylo, are all first introduced wearing either a mask, garb, or helmet shielding their faces.
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The second trailer for this movie was released during the opening panel for Star Wars Celebration VII (a.k.a. Star Wars Celebration Anaheim). Fans went crazy over it, and, as described by others, broke at that last line in the trailer. The last scene shows Han Solo and Chewbacca apparently entering the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon after a long absence. Han then says, "Chewie, we're home."
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J.J. Abrams revealed in an interview published in Entertainment Weekly that he came up with the name of the Captain Phasma character after seeing its chrome design: "It reminded me of the ball in Phantasm (1979)."
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Directors discussed to helm the film included Matthew Vaughn, Steven Spielberg, Guillermo del Toro, Peter Jackson, Christopher Nolan, Ben Affleck, Joss Whedon, Brad Bird, Rian Johnson, and James Cameron, before J.J. Abrams was eventually selected. Johnson was later announced to write and direct Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017) and write a treatment for Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker (2019).
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Daisy Ridley cried the first time she watched the trailer. She captured a video of the reaction, and posted it on her Instagram account.
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Seven different BB-8 units were used in the making of the film.
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Anakin Skywalker's blue-bladed lightsaber is the only lightsaber to be seen in all three Star Wars trilogies, to this point.
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The British government committed £25 million ($37 million) to the film, because of the boost it brought to the British film industry.
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The filming process was constantly at the mercy of paparazzi and industry spies. Drones would frequently fly over the locations.
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J.J. Abrams and Harrison Ford started their acting careers with roles as delivery and messenger boys. Abrams' first appearance was 25 years after Ford's, but it was in Regarding Henry (1991), making a delivery to Harrison Ford's character.
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In the months following the release of the film, Erik Bauersfeld, who voiced Admiral Ackbar in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) as well as this film, died in April 2016 at the age of 96. Four months later, in August 2016, Kenny Baker, who operated R2-D2 for the first six films of the franchise, while serving as a consultant for this one, passed away at the age of 81.
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In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, J.J. Abrams explained that the ash pile in which Kylo Ren places his helmet while interrogating Rey is meant to be the ashes of his enemies that he has killed.
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This movie marks the first time in Star Wars history where a Stormtrooper uses a melee weapon on-screen.
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Joonas Suotamo, credited as "Chewbacca double," had no previous acting experience. He is a professional basketball player, who played for Penn State from 2005 to 2008, and graduated a year early with a degree in Film and Video. The 6'10" power forward has since appeared in the Finnish national team (nicknamed Wolfpack), and during the 2015-16 season, his team is Espoo Basket Team of the Finnish league Korisliiga. With his height listed as 209 centimeters, Suotamo is a good four inches shorter than Peter Mayhew.
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Originally, instead of the desert world of Jakku, Rey would have lived on an ocean planet where part of the Second Death Star crashed, and is now partially submerged. Part of the plot would have involved her diving into the depths of the underwater wreckage to find a map of the locations of the remaining Jedi, and we would have even seen the Millennium Falcon going underwater. This location would later be used for a key sequence in Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker (2019).
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The Stormtrooper who attacks Finn with a big electric Z6 baton on Takodana yells, "Traitor!" when he sees Finn. He was quickly nicknamed TR-8R by fans, which spells "Traitor," but Starwars.com reveals his actual name to be FN-2199, nicknamed "Nines." Writer Greg Rucka gives more background about FN-2187 and Nines' training in a short story published in the book "Before the Awakening".
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The possibility of Hayden Christensen reprising his role, as Anakin Skywalker aka Darth Vader, was considered during pre-production. Art conceptions were created before the script was finished. It is also rumored he might also reprise the role in future Star Wars films or in the anthology film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016).
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The large arch seen on the planet Jakku is a design by Ralph McQuarrie that first appeared in the 1995 book "The Illustrated Star Wars Universe." It was originally pictured as part of Jabba the Hutt's palace on Tatooine, and it also appeared as part of the Teth monastery in Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008).
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In an interview with Daisy Ridley during the press tour, she said "I haven't seen the film yet. I kinda want to, and I kinda don't. Steven Spielberg has seen it three times, as he told me when I met him!"
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According to the "Star Wars: The Force Awakens Visual Dictionary," the helmet Rey wears belonged to an X-wing pilot named Captain Dosmit Ræh, who flew for the Tierfon Yellow Aces.
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Allegedly, Adam Driver did not break character throughout the shoot. He even kept the mask on while the cameras were not rolling.
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The film was released 32 years after Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983), 10 years after Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005), and 16 years after Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999).
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Advanced movie ticket selling websites reportedly crashed after starting ticket sales.
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Chewbacca's first meeting with BB-8 mirrors his interaction with the mouse droid in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977).
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First (and to date, the only) Star Wars movie in which the planet Tatooine is neither seen on-screen, nor mentioned. It appeared in all other prior films, except Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980), but was mentioned by name there.
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It was originally rumored that Episode VII, and the following installments would follow Ben Skywalker, son of Luke Skywalker and Mara Jade, and the expanded universe would officially be a part of the Star Wars canon. The rumor was proven false, when it was announced that Episode VII would disregard the expanded universe.
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In October 2013 cinematographer Dan Mindel announced that, unlike the prequel trilogy, he and J.J. Abrams would shoot primarily on 35mm film to more closely match the visual aesthetic of the original trilogy. Initially Mindel had hoped to use IMAX 65mm film for most of the feature, but later said they opted for 35mm due to the cumbersome weight and noise problems with IMAX cameras. Ultimately, only one five-minute sequence (Rey and Finn's escape from Jakku in the Millennium Falcon) was shot in IMAX 65mm.
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After the release of the teaser trailer, many fans were convinced that BB-8 was entirely computer generated, judging from a brief closeup-shot of the droid. This caused mixed reactions among fans, especially from those who disliked the extensive use of CGI in the prequel trilogy. They were proven wrong when an actual, moving prop of the BB-8 droid was presented during the Star Wars Celebration 2015 in Anaheim.
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Steven Spielberg enjoyed the film so much, he saw it four times.
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The second Star Wars film to be rated PG-13, the first being Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005).
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The original release of this movie in Italian cinemas, was planned for January 6, 2016 (three weeks after the international release, last country in the world). "Walt Disney Pictures Italia" had decided to release the new Star Wars film after Pixar's movie The Good Dinosaur (2015), planned for the Italian cinemas for December 18, 2015. After this decision, Star Wars' Italian fandom made a petition with over five thousand signatures to Disney Italia's staff, and asked to move the date of release in their country. On April 7, 2015, Walt Disney Pictures Italia decided to change the date of the two movies: "The Good Dinosaur" moved to a November 25, 2015 release, and this movie moved to two days before the international release, on December 16, 2015.
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Despite being two of the main characters of the new trilogy, Rey and Poe never interact with each other on-screen throughout the movie.
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Max von Sydow was the basis of the look of Gov. Pre Vizla in Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008).
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Supreme Leader Snoke was originally going to be a female character.
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Max von Sydow is the eighth Academy Award nominated actor/actress who has appeared in at least one Star Wars movie. The first actor/actress is James Earl Jones, second is Alec Guinness, third is Harrison Ford, fourth is Liam Neeson, the fifth is Samuel L. Jackson, the sixth is Natalie Portman, and the seventh is Lupita Nyong'o. Of those, only Guinness, Portman, and Nyong'o are Oscar winners (as of 2015). Since the release of This movie, Adam Driver have also been nominated for an Oscar.
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The hairstyle of Billie Lourd's character is clearly a homage to her mother Carrie Fisher's famous Princess Leia buns from Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977).
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Ahead of the recording of the score, John Williams invited Gustavo Dudamel, the music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Simón Bolivar Youth Orchestra in Venezuela, to conduct the main title and end credits. Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic had presented a tribute to John Williams at the start of their 2015-2016 season in their home venue of the Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. The Dudamel "takes", reportedly, are the ones used in the film. According to Dudamel in a Facebook post, his appearance at the sessions took everybody by surprise, including Disney and the sessions musicians, as Williams had only told George Lucas.
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J.J. Abrams came up with the name BB-8 based on the droid's resemblance to both the number 8 and a capital B.
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This is the first American feature film for Daisy Ridley.
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Michael Arndt was originally hired as the screenwriter, but left the production several months later, and was replaced by J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan.
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Captain Phasma was originally going to be a man, and J.J. Abrams was allegedly looking at Benedict Cumberbatch (whom he had worked with on Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)) for the role. However, after the film drew some complaints about the lack of women in the cast, the decision was made to make Phasma into a woman, thus marking her character the first pivotal female member of the Imperial Stormtroopers in an official, live action Star Wars film.
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While a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2014), J.J. Abrams told Jimmy Fallon that while most of the score was written by John Williams, Williams preferred not to write the music for the scene in Maz Kanata's tavern. Abrams himself started composing a piece of music for that scene, but when he attended the musical "Hamilton" and met its composer, Lin-Manuel Miranda, he jokingly suggested that he would love to write music for a new cantina scene. Abrams contacted him later and took him up on the offer.
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Oscar Isaac was nearly forced to drop out of the film due to scheduling conflicts with theater commitments.
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In the first Star Wars film Leia tells Luke he is a little short for a Storm Trooper. Mark Hamill is 5'9", the same height as John Boyega who plays the defecting Storm Trooper Finn in this film.
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There was only one pre-release photo of Domhnall Gleeson in the role of General Hux, and during an interview with Gleeson, a writer asked him if Hux was a good or bad guy. Gleeson laughed and said "We're all in a lot of trouble if a guy wearing THAT uniform becomes a good guy!", referring to the fact that Hux' military outfit was purposely designed to look like a space version of a Nazi Wehrmacht uniform.
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Daisy Ridley was frequently caught singing on-set, much to the amusement of the cast and crew. She revealed that she once lost a bet to director J.J. Abrams that she couldn't go a day without singing.
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This film was not filmed in native 3-D. It was converted in stereoscopic 3-D in post-production.
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This film marks the first time in the franchise that the episode number matches the film's order of release. It is Episode VII, and the seventh film released.
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When Rey, Finn, Han, and Maz eat and talk in the cantina, a bowl of exotic alien fruit can be seen on the table they sit at. One of the alien fruits is really a kiwano melon. Orange and yellow in color and covered in spikes, the fruit is actually native to central and south Africa and can be found in some grocery stores.
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Lee Pace auditioned for the role of Kylo Ren that went to Adam Driver.
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Disney actually allowed quite a few terminally ill people to have an early screening of the movie. Including a little eight year old girl from Connecticut, who received a special visit from a 501st Legion member dressed up as Darth Vader, accompanied by Disney representatives, bringing her the movie to watch it at home. The little girl passed away not long afterward.
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Rathtars, the creatures Han is transporting when he and Chewie find the Millennium Falcon, share an ancestry with the Sarlacc from Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983).
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Like the creator of Star Wars, 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. Abrams also produced Morning Glory (2010), co-starring Ford. Ford also acted in the second feature film by George Lucas, American Graffiti (1973).
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The original run time of the movie was two hours and 40 minutes long before being cut down to two hours and 16 minutes until only a month before release.
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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.
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Carrie Fisher lost 35 pounds to reprise her role as Princess Leia.
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Maz Kanata was originally supposed to accompany the heroes back to the Resistance base, which is why there is a scene in the trailer, which was cut from the film, showing her giving Anakin's lightsaber to Leia. Lupita Nyong'o filmed her scenes at the base, but they were cut after being deemed unnecessary.
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From May to August of 2014 Disney and Lucasfilm collaborated with UNICEF for a charity campaign called "Force for Change." After raising over $4 million, the winner was announced to be independent filmmaker D.C. Barns.
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The Rebel base was shot in Greenham Common, which was home to the 501st Tactical Missile Wing of the U.S. Air Force. They maintained 96 nuclear missiles. The 501st is also the name of a fan group of Star Wars enthusiasts.
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This movie set the following U.S. box-office records:
  • Highest Gross ($934 million).
  • Fastest to Become Highest-Grossing Film (20 days).
  • Highest Thursday Preview Gross ($57 million).
  • Highest Opening-Day Gross ($119 million).
  • Highest Opening Weekend Gross ($247 million).
  • Highest Opening Weekend Per Theater Average ($59,000).
  • Widest December Opening (4,134 theaters).
  • Highest IMAX Opening Weekend Gross ($30 million).
  • Highest Second-Weekend Gross ($149 million).
  • Highest Third-Weekend Gross ($90 million).
  • Fastest to $100 million (one day).
  • Fastest to $150 million (two days).
  • Fastest to $200 million (three days).
  • Fastest to $250 million (four days).
  • Fastest to $300 million (five days).
  • Fastest to $350 million (six days).
  • Fastest to $400 million (eight days).
  • Fastest to $450 million (nine days).
  • Fastest to $500 million (10 days).
  • Fastest to $550 million (11 days).
  • Fastest to $600 million (12 days).
  • Fastest to $650 million (14 days).
  • Fastest to $700 million (16 days).
  • Fastest to $750 million (18 days).
  • Fastest to $800 million (23 days).
  • Fastest to $850 million (31 days).
  • Fastest to $900 million (50 days).
  • Highest Three-Day Gross ($247 million).
  • Highest Four-Day Gross ($288 million).
  • Highest Five-Day Gross ($325 million).
  • Highest Six-Day Gross ($363 million).
  • Highest Seven-Day Gross ($390 million).
  • Highest Eight-Day Gross ($440 million).
  • Highest Nine-Day Gross ($496 million).
  • Highest 10-Day Gross ($540 million).
  • Highest Friday Gross ($119 million).
  • Highest Sunday Gross ($60 million).
  • Highest Monday Gross ($40 million).
  • Highest Tuesday Gross ($37 million).
  • Highest Opening-Week Gross ($390 million).


Additionally, it set the following worldwide records:
  • Highest Opening-Weekend Gross ($528 million).
  • Highest IMAX Opening-Weekend Gross ($48 million).
  • Fastest to 1 billion (12 days).


However some speculate that is due to Star Wars nostalgia rather than J.J. Abrams' merits as a filmmaker. Specially because the movie is consider to be extremely derivative of George Lucas original Star Wars film.
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This is not the first film where Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher have appeared in together since Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983). They also appeared in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001).
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Originally, what would have convinced Finn to leave the First Order would be witnessing numerous Resistance fighters being executed and thrown out of an airlock. After escaping with Poe and crash landing, he would be hailed by a local tribe and be "reborn" into a hero.
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Ben Schwartz was recruited by J.J. Abrams to provide voice effects for BB-8 after the two met and became friends on the short-lived NBC show Undercovers (2010), where Schwartz was a supporting actor, and Abrams was an executive producer. Schwartz and co-voicer Bill Hader, a friend of both men, were asked by Abrams to not disclose their involvement in the film until it had its world premiere. They agreed, and Schwartz broke the news by posing for an Instagram post with him standing next to a BB-8 figure at the event.
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With this film, Walt Disney Pictures becomes the third studio to release a Star Wars film. The original six movies were released by 20th Century Fox and Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) was released by Warner Brothers.
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Simon Pegg (Unkar Plutt) once showed his then 3-year-old daughter Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980). When she saw Yoda for the first time, she was instantly fascinated by his presence and after a moment she said "Daddy, he's real!". This was because at the time, she only knew the computer animated version of Yoda and not the original puppet. According to Pegg, his daughter's response moved him to tears. He later told that story to his friend J.J. Abrams, years before he was about to direct this movie. When Abrams met with the executives of Lucasfilm and Disney, he told them Pegg's story, which influenced the aesthetic of this and any subsequent Star Wars movie greatly. Abrams suggested the use of real sets, puppetry and practical effects in order to be closer to style of the original trilogy. One day, when Pegg took a visit to the Pinewood Studios during production, he was recognized by a puppeteer who said "Hey, you're the guy whose daughter saved Star Wars!".
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The look of Kylo Ren took the longest of all the new characters to design. Originally simply known as "Jedi Killer", the earliest designs of his helmet resembled more grotesque versions of Ralph McQuarrie's earliest version of Darth Vader. Other helmet designs were given to minor characters, such as members of the Guavian Death gang and First Order Fleet Engineers. A painting of a caped silver First Order Trooper was also originally considered for Kylo Ren, instead providing the blueprint for Captain Phasma.
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In an interview with Charlie Rose, George Lucas was critical of Disney's creative direction for the film, saying, "They said they wanted to make a movie for the fans. I said all I wanted to do was tell a story. They wanted to do a retro movie. I don't like that. Every movie I worked very hard to make them completely different, with different planets and different spaceships, to make it new."
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The flickering, hazy style of Kylo Ren's light-sabre may allude to the fact that, since he didn't have a real Sith Master, Ren's abilities as a Sith are not as good as they should be. A clue to this is how long Finn, a non-Jedi, lasts in the light-sabre duel with him. However, when you also consider the "blown" quality of his voice when wearing the mask, this could be an allusion to his character traits; i.e. not in total control, prone to explosive tantrums.
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Denis Lawson, who played X-wing pilot Wedge Antilles in the original Star Wars trilogy, has confirmed that he turned down an invite from Disney to reprise his role in the new installments. Lawson allegedly told the British press, "I'm not going to do that. They asked me, but it just would have bored me." However, in an interview in 2017, he said that he had to decline due to a scheduling conflict and would've loved to work on this film. He later accepted to reprise his character in Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker (2019).
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In their original incarnations, Finn would have been white, and Poe would have been black.
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The character of General Hux drapes his black leather military coat over his shoulders, resembling that of gestapo commander Major Arnold Toht in Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981). Further comparisons can be drawn when the First Order rallies to Hux's speech at Starkiller Base resembling similar striking images of Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich gathering in Triumph of the Will (1935).
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When Rey is attempting to escape from Starkiller Base, a conversation can be heard between two Stormtroopers discussing the new T-17s: "Have you checked out the new T-17s?" "The T-17s, as far as I can tell are a great improvement." "Yeah. That's what they tell you. But believe me, they don't hold up." "They don't?" "No." This is similar to the conversation two Stormtroopers have in the Death Star as Obi-Wan powers down the tractor beam in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977): "You seen the new VT-16?" "Yeah. Some of the other guys were telling me about it." "They say it's...it's quite a thing to see - "

George Lucas felt that the film was too derivative from the original Star Wars and didn't enjoyed those constant winks. Specialy because they were used in the same situations.
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First J.J. Abrams film not released by Paramount Pictures.
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Chronologically, this is the first time in the Star Wars movie timeline since Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005) that the word "Sith" is actually used. This term, used to describe Lords of the Dark Side of the Force, was never mentioned in the original trilogy. When Maz Kanata references it, this is the first time they are recognized as an evil entity to the protagonists of the original trilogy. Before this moment in the movie, Han even refers to "the Dark Side" without using "Sith", supporting the continuity of the term not being familiar to the original trilogy characters. A deleted scene for Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) released recently showed the term "Sith" being used by imperial officers, therefore supporting that "Sith" was still a canonical term since Star Wars' inception.
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J.J. Abrams revealed to Empire Magazine that Kylo Ren is not actually a Sith. This makes sense, since "The Rule of the Two" ends when Vader and Sidious met their demise on the second Death Star.
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Released 38 years after the first film Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), and released 32 years after Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983), the same relative time frame in which the movie is set.
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James McAvoy and Chiwetel Ejiofor were considered for the part of Poe Dameron.
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There are eight actors from HBO hit show Game of Thrones (2011) who appear in this movie: Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma, Max von Sydow as Lor San Tekka, Thomas Brodie-Sangster as a First Order Officer, Jessica Henwick as Jess Testor, Mark Stanley as Knight of Ren, Miltos Yerolemou as a Bar Patron, Emun Elliott as Brance, and Hannah John-Kamen as a First Order Officer.
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All Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens products were released on September 4, 2015, known as "Force Friday".
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The Resistance was originally going to have a massive warship called the "Warhammer", which would use its heavily armored prow to breach planetary shields and then deploy smaller ships to exploit the hole.
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It was revealed on September 8, 2015 that the UK release date was to be brought forward a day, and that the UK would see it before the U.S.
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In July 2014 it was rumored that Irish WWE wrestling superstar Stephen Farrelly (aka "Sheamus") would play Darth Vader. Sheamus had previously portrayed Vader in Star Wars promotional tours and hinted that he may very well be playing Vader again, even though the character died in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983).
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This is the first movie where Han Solo appears using Chewbacca's bowcaster.
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Adam Driver didn't like wearing the Kylo Ren mask, because his vision was impaired while wearing it.
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In a 2017 interview the late Carrie Fisher mentioned the "tremendous difficulty getting myself down to a weight that's acceptable to some 35 year old studio executive whose deepest fantasy and worst nightmare somehow both involve me in a gold bikini."
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As Story Consultant, George Lucas attended initial script discussions.
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The werewolf-like creature that the camera follows as it enters Maz Kanata's castle is a Hassk. It is based in part on Ralph McQuarrie's concept art for Chewbacca, as well as a creature seen in his Cantina concept art. There are two more Hassks in this movie. All three can be glimpsed outside Maz's castle, when the inhabitants come out to watch the Starkiller beam.
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During pre-production, Finn was known by the temporary name "Sam", and Rey was "Kira".
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The First Order Snowtroopers wear outfits similar to Ralph McQuarrie's for Imperial Snowtroopers. The insignia on their chest armor, is the same as the one used on helmets in concept art for Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980).
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Oscar Isaac and Domhnall Gleeson appeared in Ex Machina (2014).
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The Aurebesh writing on Poe Dameron's flight uniform reads "Pull to inflate".
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John Boyega dropped out of making Race (2016) to appear in the film.
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Starkiller Base was originally located on Dantooine, with the First Order converting the old Rebel base there, as mentioned in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977). Starkiller would have also been called the "Doom Star", and its cannon would have fired out of a volcano.
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The name Kylo Ren is almost exactly the same as "Kybo Ren", a pirate character who was one of the main villains in Star Wars: Droids (1985). The name "Finn" was used for many different Star Wars characters before this movie, both male and female, including both a Weequay pirate (Finn Tegotash) and a Twi'Lek Jedi (Finn Ertay) in Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008), Finn Galfridian, the lead character in the Dark Horse comics series "Star Wars: Invasion", a Sith Master in the anthology comic book series "Star Wars Tales", a Galactic Republic soldier in Star Wars: The Old Republic (2011), Finn Shallo, a non-player character in Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided (2003), and various one-off characters in other young adult novels and Marvel and Dark Horse comics.
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In Lor San Tekka's backstory: Tekka was a explorer and a member of The Church of the Force, an underground for non-Jedi that were not Force sensitive. Tekka was an ally of Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa, and he also knew Ben Solo before he became Kylo Ren. When Ren wiped out the Jedi Academy, Luke gave Tekka the map.
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Jesse Plemons, Ed Speleers, John Boyega, Matthew James Thomas, and Ray Fisher were the final candidates for one of the lead roles. The role eventually went to John Boyega.
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Harrison Ford's on-set injury put significant strain on the production schedule, to the point that there were discussions of pushing back the release date of the film into 2016 (vehemently opposed by Disney), and filming scenes of Han Solo with a body double and Ford's head digitally inserted. Ultimately, Ford was able to recover and complete his performance.
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Billie Lourd', Felicity Jones and Jessica Henwick were among the finalists to play Rey. Henwick was cast as Jess Testor and Lourd was cast as Lt. Kaydel Ko Connix instead and Jones was cast as Jyn Erso in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016).
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Behind the scenes footage reveals that General Leia originally had a long braid of hair over her left shoulder, not unlike the hairstyle she had as Jabba's slave in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983). This extra hair was digitally removed for all her scenes in the final cut.
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Jakku's backstory: in the aftermath of the battle of Endor, a space battle broke out between the New Republic and the Empire, which made its last stand. New Republic and Imperial forces fought on the planet and in space, but the Empire was defeated, and in the aftermath of the Battle of Jakku, the planet was covered with wrecked star-ships and weapons. Niima the Hutt established a black marketing operation based on selling recovered weapons, computer and engines. The largest outpost on Jakku was named Niima Outpost after Niima the Hutt, basically being a copy of Jabba The Hutt due to being another Hurt governing a desert planet.
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Anna Brewster, who has a brief appearance as the spy Bazine Netal, ad-libbed her line (spoken in an alien language) on the spot.
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When John Boyega was cast as Finn, it was rumored that he may be a son of Lando Calrissian, the rebel hero played by Billy Dee Williams in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983).
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Grossed $247 million in its opening weekend in North America, surpassing Jurassic World (2015), which previously held the record with $208 million. This marks the fourth occasion a Star Wars film has set the weekend gross record in North America: Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) set the record twice, first in its eleventh weekend in 1977 with $7 million, and again in the first weekend of its 1978 re-issue, with $10 million, and Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) set the record with $23 million in its opening weekend.
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As of December 19, 2015, this movie had the fastest growing number of IMDb voters, with over 75,000 votes accumulated on December 18, only its U.S. release date, and over 110,000 on December 19, only its second day of wide release.
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Every Star Wars movie has had more than one producer. However, this installment bumped it up to 13 credited producers.
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The third trailer debuted during the halftime slot in the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants game, and generated 15.9 million viewers.
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Midichlorians, explained as the biological origin of the Force in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) (to the dismay of many hard-core fans), are not mentioned in this movie.
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Part of Rey's hairstyle closely resembles the "top knot" of the Japanese samurai, upon whom the Jedi are partially based.
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Luke and Leia are both 53 years old in the film. Mark Hamill was 62 and Carrie Fisher was 58 during filming.
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Mel Brooks' classic Star Wars spoof Spaceballs (1987) predicted Disney buying Lucasfilm Ltd. and taking over the franchise from George Lucas. In the film, the Dinks are based on the Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937). When Lone Starr and his crew are found and rescued in the desert by the Dinks, Lone Starr says "When did we get to Disneyland?".
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In an interview with Ellen DeGeneres, Lupita Nyong'o accidentally revealed that for all her scenes in the film, Chewbacca was played by Joonas Suotamo, rather than Peter Mayhew, and it is unsure how much Mayhew (who has problems walking) is actually in the film at all.
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This film grossed over $1 billion worldwide in twelve days, surpassing Jurassic World (2015) by only one day.
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Disney arranged a screening for troops stationed in Kabul, Afghanistan on Christmas Day at the United States Embassy and gave out exclusive military-style "challenge coins" to attendees who answered Star Wars trivia.
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Right before Han and Finn discuss the plan to find Rey, a squad of Stormtroopers walk by. As they walk by, one says, "We think they may be splitting up". This is a reference to a squad of Stormtroopers from Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), who say the exact same thing.
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Grossed $57 million from the Thursday previews in North America, setting a new record for preview screenings. The previous record was held by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011), which grossed $43 million.
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The X-Wing fighters have the new engine design with a half-circle intake on each wing. However, the wrecked X-Wing fighter in the sand, as Rey's tractor hovercraft passes by early in the film, has the older design with a smaller full-circle intake on each wing. This is consistent with the origin of the wreckage, presumably from the Battle of Jakku, which occurred during the Rebellion's victory over the Galactic Empire (in the era of Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)).
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The first time since Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) that the gun turret in the Millennium Falcon was used.
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The first Star Wars film not to feature Anakin Skywalker aka Darth Vader, although his charred and melted helmet is seen.
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There was a scene that was cut from the Maz Kanata's castle scene, in which Rey runs into Unkar Plutt, who demands that Rey come back with him to Jakku. Rey aims her blaster pistol at Plutt, but Plutt grabs her arm and Chewbacca snatches Rey's gun and gives it back to Rey, and Plutt pokes Chewbacca's wounded arm. The deleted scene was in the novelization.
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The first paragraph of the opening crawl refers to Luke Skywalker as "the last Jedi". On January 23, 2017, the title of the sequel was revealed to be Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017), making this the first time the title of a Star Wars movie is found in the opening crawl of its predecessor.
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According to Chuck Wendig's Star Wars "Aftermath" book trilogy, General Hux should be about ten years older than Kylo Ren, a.k.a. Ben Solo. Both actors are the same age, but playing their respective character's ages on-screen. The ages are never mentioned on any film.
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George Lucas on The Daily Show: George Lucas (2012), promoting his film Red Tails (2012), half-jokingly said that Red Tails would be the closest thing to a Star Wars: Episode VII.
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Plans for filming some parts of a Star Wars film on-location in Iceland date back to at least Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983), but this is the first Star Wars film to make good on such plans.
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According to Poe Dameron's official backstory, he was born on the moon Yavin IV, the location of the Rebel Base in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977). Oscar Isaac suggested this detail himself because he's from Guatemala, where the scenes on Yavin IV were filmed.
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Despite being directed by an American, and production costs paid by a U.S. studio, the majority of actors are British. Excluding the original Star Wars actors and actress, among the main cast, only Adam Driver is an American.
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General Hux's first name is not mentioned on film, in the end credits, nor in any related material released simultaneously with the film, but was eventually revealed in Chuck Wendig's 2016 Star Wars novel "Aftermath: Life Debt" as being "Armitage".
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Michael Arndt worked on the script for eight months, but felt he needed 18 more, such is the complexity of the Star Wars universe. J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan then took over and completed their first draft in six weeks.
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The first trailer was released on November 28, 2014. Although more than a year before the film's release, it was shown in selected cinemas, and on iTunes trailers.
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The first Star Wars film to be distributed by Disney, which purchased Lucasfilm in 2012.
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Tickets went on sale on October 19, 2015, 59 days before the movie's release.
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This film reunites Oscar Isaac with his Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) co-star Adam Driver, as well as his Ex Machina (2014) co-star Domhnall Gleeson.
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The Hosnian System is named after film teacher Jim Hosney.
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The "Starkiller" weapon is similar in design to the Galaxy Gun used in the Star Wars: Dark Empire comics series. It was a weapon that traveled through hyperspace to destroy planets.
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James Arnold Taylor, who has voiced Obi-wan Kenobi in multiple cartoons and video games (such as Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008)), had originally recorded all the dialogue for Obi-wan Kenobi, featured in this film. However, at the end of post-production, J.J. Abrams decided to bring in Ewan McGregor, who played Obi-wan in Episodes I-III, to deliver the lines in the finished film. Some fans speculate the voice was Darth Sidious imitating voices in Rey's head, just like Darth Sidious imitates voices in Kylo Ren's head the first time he meets him in Episode IX: Rise of Skywalker.
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The First Order drop ship that FN-2187 rides to Jakku strongly resembles a World War II-era Higgins LCM (Landing Craft, Mechanized) with its rectangular shape, large bow ramp, and small pilot house on top of the back of the ship.
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Gwendoline Christie was eager to take on the role of Captain Phasma, after J.J. Abrams outlined the key aspects of the villainous character, which Christie thought were "very progressive". She particularly liked that a clearly female character (even with her face not shown) was going to be unapologetically evil and cold-hearted.
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It was revealed on November 6, 2014 on Disney's official Twitter page that the subtitle for Star Wars Episode VII is "The Force Awakens".
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Star Wars: Battlefront (2015) has some connections with the plot of this film.
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Unused concepts of the visitors at Maz Kanata's castle betting on Droid fights ended up being used at Fort Ypso in Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018).
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First Star Wars movie since Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) to not receive any Razzie Award nominations.
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Max von Sydow is the second Swedish-born Star Wars cast member, and the fourth of Swedish ancestry to appear in the franchise. Mark Hamill and Hayden Christensen are of Swedish descent, while Pernilla August was born in Sweden. Von Sydow and August have also frequently worked with director Ingmar Bergman. Von Sydow previously worked with Carrie Fisher in Hannah and Her Sisters (1986).
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Kylo Ren's ship is a next generation variant of the Imperial Shuttle seen in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) which transported Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine in separate scenes from a Star Destroyer ship to the second Death Star. This early shuttle version was also hijacked and used by the Rebel Alliance to penetrate Endor's defences.
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Poe flies an X-wing that is black with orange stripes, except for his mission on Jakku, when he uses one with a white fuselage with blue stripes. Also, his normal helmet is black with a red rebel logo, except when he is on Jakku, when it is white with a blue logo. Since Kylo Ren is surprised to find him on Jakku, it is possible that he was traveling undercover there.
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On May 4, 2016, J.J. Abrams appeared outside the Richard Rodgers Theatre on Broadway with "Hamilton" composer and star Lin-Manuel Miranda. Miranda and Abrams performed "Jabba Flow", the cantina song from this movie that the pair had composed together. This was one of the regular performances presented for the "Ham 4 Ham" lottery, the short events outside the Richard Rogers, in conjunction with the lottery for the small number of $10 tickets to "Hamilton" that are made available daily. Since only about 20 $10 tickets are available, but thousands of people show up each day, Miranda instituted this performance series so that the lottery ticket buyers (the vast majority of whom will never win the chance to buy a ticket) would have some consolation. Before performing the song, Miranda and Abrams explained that the song's lyrics are in Huttese, and they translate as "No, lover lover: it wasn't me", which Miranda jokingly described as a tribute to Shaggy's 2000 reggae hit "It Wasn't Me". May 4 is known as "Star Wars Day" because of the pun in the date ("May the fourth be with you.").
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Rey living on Jakku, which is a desert planet, was written to mirror the beginnings of the journeys of Anakin and Luke Skywalker. Anakin and Luke lived on the desert planet Tatooine.
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Harrison Ford plays Han Solo, who flies a spaceship called the Millennium Falcon. Interestingly enough, Ford is actually a licensed pilot and loves flying planes. He was once in an accident while flying, where he crashed a plane in a golf course, seriously injuring himself.
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On January 6, 2016 it surpassed Avatar (2009)'s $767 million gross, to become the highest grossing film ever in North America (without adjusting for inflation), although it's No. 3 worldwide, behind Avatar (2009) and Titanic (1997). This marked the first time the domestic record has been held by a sequel; every prior film to set the record was either the first film of a series or a standalone film. It is also the first domestic record holder to not receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture since the establishment of the award. The past record holders are The Birth of a Nation (1915), Gone with the Wind (1939), The Sound of Music (1965), The Godfather (1972), Jaws (1975), Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), Titanic (1997), and Avatar.
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Before the film was released, a 13.5 inch action figure of Finn was available in stores that featured several lines of dialogue from the picture. One of these lines was one that does not occur in the film: him shouting "I don't know what to do!" According to the novelization, this would have been uttered after the crashed TIE fighter disappeared into the sinking sands.
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In an interview, J.J. Abrams said about internet rumors, "Some are true. Some are false. I'm not saying which are which."
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Lor San Tekka has seven lines of dialogue, and is never addressed by name.
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Dayo Okeniyi was considered for the role of Finn. He backed out to star in Terminator Genisys (2015) as Danny Dyson.
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Adam Driver's participation came about after the producers met with HBO to work around his Girls (2012) schedule.
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The first J.J. Abrams film not to be scored by Michael Giacchino, as the Star Wars franchise composer John Williams returned to score the film. Coincidentally, Giacchino scored Jurassic World (2015), a sequel to Jurassic Park (1993) and The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997), which were both scored by Williams. That film credits Williams for its use of his iconic theme music.
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Third J.J. Abrams film to introduce Simon Pegg into a big movie franchise. Abrams first added him to the Mission: Impossible franchise in Mission: Impossible III (2006), and then into Star Trek in Star Trek (2009).
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The only feature to be released in the IMAX 70mm format in 2015.
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Harrison Ford was very impressed by the young actors Daisy Ridley and John Boyega. In an interview on British television series The Jonathan Ross Show (2011), he told Jonathan Ross that they were "terrific, fantastic actors" that will "be around in your lives for a long time."
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Eddie Redmayne said in an interview that he auditioned for the role of Kylo Ren.
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If measured by ticket sales, rather than dollar gross, this would rank as the 11th most attended film of all time domestically, having sold an estimated 107 million tickets. It is the most attended film since Titanic (1997) (128 million estimated tickets), and sold more tickets than every prior Star Wars film, except for the 142 million tickets Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) sold in its initial run.
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One of the Stormtroopers is played by Daniel Craig, who got this special appearance role through J.J. Abrams, who is a close friend of his.
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The starboard bow mandible of the Millennium Falcon exterior set piece had a toy Tumbler Batmobile from Batman Begins (2005) attached underneath it.
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Even after her audition, Daisy Ridley was convinced that her acting career was over, because she was struggling to find any new roles. She worked as a bartender between projects, which she continued until the time she got cast in this film. Since then, she has been offered more roles.
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Andy Serkis only has three minutes of screen time
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Original concept art for the movie showed Luke and Rey in scuba gear.
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Adam Driver (Kylo Ren) was born in 1983, the same year Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) was released.
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Rey's knowledge about the Millennium Falcon is explained in the film's novelization: She used to sneak into the ships on the junkyard at night, including the Falcon, and gathered a lot of information about them. She learned to fly with a simulator that she installed on a self-built computer, and trained so extensively until even the most challenging tasks were no problem for her.
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During the first conversation between Rey and Han aboard the Millennium Falcon, it is established that the ship was stolen initially by Duquesne, who lost it to the "Erwin boys", who finally lose the Falcon when Unkar Plutt steals it. This explains the presence of the Millennium Falcon on Jakku.
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David Fincher was also considered as a potential director.
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J.J. Abrams is the only director so far who has directed a Mission: Impossible, Star Trek, and Star Wars film.
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This film marks the fourth time that John Williams has received an Academy Award nomination for the original film score of a Star Wars film. The other three are for the original trilogy. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) is the only film to receive the award.
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Domhnall Gleeson also appeared in Brooklyn (2015) the same year. In that film, two characters go to see Singin' in the Rain (1952), which starred Debbie Reynolds, mother of Carrie Fisher, and grandmother of Billie Lourd.
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The film features a James Bond and a Blofeld, Max von Sydow (Blofeld in Never Say Never Again (1983)) and Daniel Craig (James Bond since 2006).
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Christina Chong was announced for the film, but her role was deleted in post-production.
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When the X-wings swoop in to attack the First Order Stormtroopers on Takodana, troopers are heard deploying Domino Squad into action. Domino Squad was also a squad of clones on Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008), which included Hevy, Cutup, Fives, and Echo. The latter two characters playing prominent repeating roles during the series.
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Han describes Jakku as a "junkyard". Watch carefully as Rey and Finn are running for the quad jumper. Look over Rey's left shoulder. In the background, is a device that looks like the Rebel generator from Hoth in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980).
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As of this film, eleven actors have appeared in Star Wars and James Bond films; Sir Christopher Lee (appeared in Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002) as Count Dooku, and The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) as Scaramanga); Shane Rimmer (appeared in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) as InCom Engineer, You Only Live Twice (1967) as Hawaii Radio Operator, Diamonds Are Forever (1971) as Tom, Live and Let Die (1973) as Hamilton, and The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) as Commander Carter); Jeremy Bulloch (appeared in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) as Boba Fett, and The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) as H.M.S. Ranger Crewman, and For Your Eyes Only (1981) and Octopussy (1983) as Smithers); John Hollis (appeared in The Empire Strikes Back as Lobot and For Your Eyes Only (1981) as Ernst Stavro Blofeld; Julian Glover (appeared in The Empire Strikes Back as General Veers, and For Your Eyes Only as Aristotle Kristatos); Bruce Boa (appeared in The Empire Strikes Back as General Rieekan and Octopussy (1983) as U.S. General); Richard LeParmentier (appeared in A New Hope as Admiral Conan Antonio Motti and in Octopussy as U.S. Aide); Dermot Crowley (appeared in Return of the Jedi as General Madine, and in Octopussy as Kamp); Max von Sydow (appeared in The Force Awakens as Lor San Tekka and Never Say Never Again (1983) as Blofeld); and Daniel Craig (appeared in The Force Awakens in a cameo, and Casino Royale (2006), Quantum of Solace (2008), Skyfall (2012), Spectre (2015), and No Time to Die (2021) as James Bond himself), and David Prowse (appeared in Casino Royale (1967) as Frankenstein's Creature, and as Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy). Of them, four (Sir Christopher Lee, John Hollis, Julian Glover, Max Von Sydow) have played Bond villains; three (Jeremy Bulloch, John Hollis, Julian Glover) were in For Your Eyes Only, and three (Bruce Boa, Richard LeParmentier, and Dermot Crowley) were in Octopussy. Furthermore, numerous stuntmen and extras appeared on-screen in various parts in both franchises, but did not receive an on-screen acting credit. As a side note, Sir Sean Connery, who played James Bond himself in numerous movies, appeared with Harrison Ford (who played Han Solo and Indiana Jones) in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989).
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The last Star Wars film to feature Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca.
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Daisy Ridley found out that she was cast in this film while visiting a theater with a friend. When she checked her phone, she noticed that J.J. Abrams send her an e-mail and a voice mail, asking if he could call her. Although the play she wanted to see was about to start, she decided to call Abrams back anyway. Even during the phone call, she still wasn't sure if she landed a part in the film. He then told her that she's going to be in Star Wars, which left her stunned. After the call, she went back to the theater where the play had already started. She had to sit through that lengthy play, during which she couldn't tell her friend what just happened.
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Simon Pegg's breakthrough role was in Shaun of the Dead (2004). His flatmate in that film was played by his friend, Peter Serafinowicz, who voiced Darth Maul in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999).
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Oscar Isaac and Adam Driver appeared in Inside Llewyn Davis (2013).
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Rey living on Jakku, a desert planet, was written to mirror the beginnings of the journeys of Anakin and Luke Skywalker. Anakin and Luke lived on the desert planet Tatooine.
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Daisy Ridley and Max von Sydow share the same birthday, April 10.
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DIRRTRADE(J.J. Abrams): [New York]: When Han, Chewie, and Finn are searching for Rey some comm chatter states that there is a disturbance in sector "718". That is the phone area code for the New York City boroughs of Bronx, Queens, and Brooklyn. Abrams was born in New York City, and his favorite music group, Beastie Boys hail from Brooklyn.
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Max von Sydow is the only member of the new cast to have been acting when Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) came out, let alone to have been born.
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The film's cast includes one Oscar winner: Lupita Nyong'o, and two Oscar nominees: Harrison Ford and Max von Sydow.
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
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Captain Phasma never removes her helmet.
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The name of smuggler "Maz Kanata" is very likely a sly nod to "Mas Que Nada", a song popularized in the U.S. by Brasil '66 in the 1960s. In Brazilian Portuguese slang, "mas, que nada" (literally, "but, that is nothing") means "no way", "whatever", or "yeah, right!"
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Lor San Tekka's name is not spoken by Poe Dameron or Kylo Ren.
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Three cast members have previously worked for Joel Coen and Ethan Coen. Domhnall Gleeson appeared in True Grit (2010), and Adam Driver and Oscar Isaac appeared in Inside Llewyn Davis (2013).
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Just after Han, Finn, and Rey meet Maz, a large alien is seen wearing a Trandoshan flight suit. Former bounty hunter Bossk was Trandoshan.
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Every Star Wars film up to this one, with the exception of Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008), has been nominated for, or won, an Academy Award.
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Eddie Redmayne auditioned for the role of Kylo Ren.
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Doctor Who (2005) costars appearing in this movie include Warwick Davis as Wollivan and Simon Pegg as Unkar Plutt. Christina Chong had a role, but her scenes were cut.
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Finn's brief fight with the stun-baton-wielding Stormtrooper establishes that all First Order troops have some melee training, explaining why he lasts as long as he does against Kylo Ren. However that didn't satisfied all fans, stormtrooper have always been showed as unable to survive against Force trained fighters. Much less a single stormtrooper.
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Max von Sydow (Lor San Tekka) played Ming the Merciless in Flash Gordon (1980). Flash Gordon (1936) was one of George Lucas' influences behind the Star Wars movies. Lucas wanted to remake Flash Gordon, but after failing to obtain the rights, he decided to make his own science fiction serial, which became Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977). The Flash Gordon remake was released the same year as Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980).
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A variation with Chewie's iconic bowcaster, the film goes out of its way to point out its sheer hitting force. Everything it hits is blown back and knocked out in a single shot. Except for Kylo Ren, who is badly wounded by it, but essentially walks it off.
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Every Star Wars film since this film has made less and less money in the China. This is because the Star Wars films were never released in China until decades later which meant that Chinese audiences don't have any nostalgia towards Star Wars.
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The rumbling noises of the Rathtar chasing Han Solo is the very same sound effect as the boulder that famously chased Indiana Jones in Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981). Sound designer David Acord used it as an homage to both Harrison Ford and Ben Burtt, who created the original effect.
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The only "numbered" Star Wars film where Emperor Palpatine, aka Darth Sidious, is never mentioned.
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The Stormtrooper who stands guard over in the interrogation chamber where Rey is held captive was played by not other than James Bond actor Daniel Craig.
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In early 2016, Daisy Ridley had been announced that she was in talks to play Lara Croft in the remake of Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001). But, Alicia Vikander was cast, due to Daisy Ridley's commitment to the Star Wars series.
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"Snoke" is a word: it's a variant of "snook", a kind of fish.
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Rey and Finn are also character names in Justin Cronin's 2010 science fiction novel "The Passage", later adapted as The Passage (2019), set partly in a hot desert-like environment.
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SPOILR: The three Star Wars trilogies are similar in focus to the Godfather trilogy. The original trilogy, like The Godfather (1972), deals with a transition of power from a father to his children. Luke and Leia are the lead characters, and become heroes in the galaxy after defeating the Empire, enforced by, Darth Vader. Michael Corleone takes over an Empire from his father, Vito Corleone. The Godfather: Part II (1974), like the prequel trilogy, tells how that father came to his position of power. In The Godfather: Part III (1990), Michael Corleone, who had tried to extricate himself from his father's business, must deal with his nephew, Vincent, who wants to continue his grandfather's work and take over his Empire. In this new trilogy, Luke must deal with his nephew, Kylo Ren, who also wants to resurrect his grandfather's Empire.
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Rey doesn't appear until ten minutes into the film.
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The only non-Best Picture Oscar nominee that year to be nominated for Best Sound Mixing, and Best Film Editing.
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Han talking about Luke and his disappearance and that he had heard a rumor that Luke had went off in search for the first Jedi Temple is a nod to the original draft of Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) by Leigh Brackett. Luke learns he has a sister called Nellith and that she had been taken to the other side of the galaxy to be trained as a Jedi and that the sequel trilogy would be about Luke's search for Nellith. However, when George Lucas rewrote the screenplay, and then made Leia into Luke's sister for Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983), this idea was dropped.
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Initially, right after the release of the first short teaser for this film, there were reports of some degree of internet murmur attempting to stir up controversy over the (somewhat surprising) appearance of a black person as a Stormtrooper. This largely failed and died down pretty quick.
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Long before the debut of the film, the name "Captain Phasma" existed way before Disney registered the trademark for the name, in the fan fiction "Tarkin's Fist", published in 2009, Phasma was a 10-year-old daughter of an Imperial Admiral. Her name was eventually adapted by LucasFilm for the commander of the First Order Stormtroopers, and was geared with chrome Stormtrooper armor, originally designed for Kylo Ren.
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B-Team sequel: The first full-fledged Star Wars film not to directly involve George Lucas, instead created by J.J. Abrams. A rare case of the B-Team sequel being more anticipated, because of a changing of the guard from the original creator. Despite this J.J. Abrams' later directed and wrote Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker which currently has the worst score by critics on Rotten Tomatoes. Making some fans beg for Lucas return to undo Episode IX.
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Despite his prominent role in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983), Lando Calrissian is never mentioned in this movie. Following an additional absence in The Last Jedi, he'd finally appear in The Rise Of Skywalker.
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In the film, Luke and Leia's ages are 53. Luke and Leia were born 14 years before Star Wars Rebels (2014) which took place 5 years before Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) which they were 19 years old in that movie. In Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) which took place 3 years later, they are both 22 years old. In Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983), which took place 1 year after the previous film and took place 30 years before The Force Awakens, they were 23 years old.
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First Han Solo appearance in a live action Star Wars film in 32 years.
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Max von Sydow is the second actor from Flash Gordon (1980) to star in a Star Wars. Brian Blessed voiced Gungan leader Boss Nass in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999). The Star Wars films are heavily influenced by Flash Gordon (1936).
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In John Boyega's debut film Attack the Block (2011), he was also using a sword (katana), fighting off aliens.
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On first meeting BB-8 on Jakku, Rey asks him where he came from. He says that it's a secret, to which she responds "Classified? Really? Me too. Big secret." Rey's secret origin soon becomes one of the central mysteries of the sequel series. Fans didn't like Abrams answer of her being Palpatine's grandchild. And liked more Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi plot of Rey being a no one.
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Max von Sydow played Ming the Merciless in Flash Gordon (1980) and Dr. Liet Kynes in Dune (1984). The Flash Gordon serials and the Dune novels were among George Lucas' influences behind Star Wars.
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Kylo Ren was born 1 year after the Battle of Endor and is 29 years old.
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It is the only movie that has grossed over $900,000,000 in North America. And also the only movie to have grossed over £120,000,000 in the UK.
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Ken Leung and Max von Sydow appeared in the "Rush Hour" franchise. Ken Leung appeared in Rush Hour (1998), and Max von Sydow appeared in Rush Hour 3 (2007).
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The second film starring Harrison Ford to contain the word 'Force', after Air Force One (1997).
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The first Star Wars movie to be partially shot in IMAX-65mm celluloid.
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Max von Sydow was nominated for Best Actor In A Leading Role for his part in Pelle the Conqueror (1987) which was directed by Bille August, who was married to Pernilla August, who played Shmi Skywalker in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) and Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002). Both Augusts and Von Sydow were known for their frequent collaborations with Ingmar Bergman, albeit never all three in the same film.
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The first main Star Wars film to not release in May.
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J.J. Abrams previously directed Mission: Impossible III (2006). The original Mission: Impossible (1996) was directed by Brian De Palma, who helped George Lucas to re-write the opening crawl of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) during post-production.,
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Cameo 

Daniel Craig: The Stormtrooper on whom Rey performs a Jedi mind trick was played by Daniel Craig, famous for playing James Bond 007. Fans have given him the unofficial Stormtrooper number JB-007. The Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2016) game finally revealed the Stormtrooper's actual designation: FN-1824.
Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruhian: The two martial arts stars, from The Raid: Redemption (2011) and The Raid 2 (2014), play Razoo Quin-Fee and Tasu Leech, two of the mercenaries who confront Han Solo with an unpaid debt.
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Simon Pegg: As the alien creature Unkar Plutt, to whom Rey sells her scavenged parts.
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Stefan Grube: X-Wing pilot Yolo Ziff (who says, "Black Leader, there's a brand new hole in that Oscilator") is played by the man who edited the trailers for this movie.
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Nigel Godrich: Radiohead's producer makes a cameo as stormtrooper FN-9330, and composer Michael Giacchino, who has composed music for many of J.J. Abrams projects, plays stormtrooper FN-3181.
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Daniel Craig: The Stormtrooper whom Rey convinces to release her restraints and leave the door open. Fittingly, because Craig has played James Bond aka Agent 007 repeatedly, and it's the 007th Star Wars film. Craig, who was shooting Spectre (2015) at the same Pinewood Studios in the UK, jokingly asked friend and 2nd AD Ben Dixon to see if J.J. Abrams would allow him to play a small part. Craig was surprised when Abrams agreed to his cameo. Fans have given him the unofficial Stormtrooper number JB-007, although the Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2016) game finally revealed the Stormtrooper's actual designation: FN-1824.
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Director Trademark 

J.J. Abrams: [Greg Grunberg] Almost every project Abrams has ever produced, directed, or been otherwise involved with, has contained a substantial role, a cameo or at least a reference to his childhood friend Greg Grunberg. Grunberg, who has known Abrams since the age of four, first appeared in an Abrams project at age ten (they made home movies together while on play dates). Grunberg plays the character "Snap Wexley" in this film. Their previous collaborations include Lost (2004), Alias (2001), Felicity (1998), Super 8 (2011), Mission: Impossible III (2006) and Star Trek (2009). Abrams even managed to work Grunberg's name into his dialogue in Six Degrees of Separation (1993), a project in which Abrams was an actor, but not a writer, director, or producer.
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J.J. Abrams: [Kelvin] Rey mentions "Kelvin Ridge" to BB-8. J.J. Abrams incorporates the name of his maternal grandfather, Henry Kelvin, into all his projects. In addition, the end credits reveal that one of the Resistance Pilots is named 'Niv Lek', or 'Kelvin' backwards.
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J.J. Abrams: [father] Gerald W. Abrams appears as an extra in many of his son J.J. Abrams' projects, this time as Resistance member Captain Cypress.
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J.J. Abrams: [47] When locating the site of Starkiller Base's shields, Finn mentions "Precinct 47". J.J. Abrams frequently uses the number "47" throughout his work, most notably Alias (2001), Lost (2004), and Star Trek (2009).
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

According to Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, when Harrison Ford and Chewbacca set foot in the Millennium Falcon set, every person on-set was stunned. Kennedy claims that there must have been two hundred people who were completely quiet, due to the iconic presence of Ford and Peter Mayhew back on Han Solo's ship.
The lightsaber battles are choreographed to be distinctly different from the ones in the first and second trilogies. Rather than the flashy, Force-assisted moves in the prequels or the formalized, kendo-like movements of the original trilogy, the fights are staged to appear less rehearsed, and more brutal and realistic. According to John Boyega and others, this was a deliberate choice to reflect the characters' inexperience with lightsabers as a weapon. Kylo appears to have had little experience in formal dueling, and Finn and Rey pick up lightsabers and use them with no training at all.
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Continuing the tradition of the previous six films, there is no dialogue spoken in the final scene.
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Mark Hamill was notably absent from the marketing of the film, and his image did not appear in the trailers or on the poster to mirror his absentee role in the story. He is present in the various trailers, only as a voiceover rerecording of lines from Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) and one shot from behind, showing his mechanical hand reaching for R2-D2. Though he received second billing, he only appears in the aforementioned shot from the trailer in Rey's Force vision, and in the final scene of the film, and has no dialogue in either appearance. His screentime in the final cut amounts to 30 seconds. He had filmed much more footage that was left on the cutting room floor.
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Harrison Ford admitted that he fought for Han Solo not to survive the events of Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983). He wanted Han to sacrifice himself, in order to give him a little bottom, as he does in this film. Lawrence Kasdan, co-screenwriter for Episode VI and now this movie, supported the idea, but George Lucas objected, because he didn't want any of the main cast to die.
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Frank Oz was happy to return as Yoda for the Force sequence, saying he would happily contribute to the role, if it would improve the film.
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During the Falcon's second flight, Finn finds the Jedi training remote from Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977). The helmet Luke wore during the training session can be spotted hanging from the side of the engineering station in the Falcon's main hold.
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Michael Arndt penned a 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, 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. However, Arndt's script was ultimately rejected, and a new script was penned by J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan. The abandoned outlines would had been received better by George Lucas due to not being derivative remakes of the original Star Wars original film from 1977, the remake-like elements were the thing that disappointed Lucas more about Abrams writing and directing.
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Mark Hamill reportedly received $1 million for his role. His total screen time was less than a minute, and he did not speak a single word.
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When Obi-wan Kenobi's voice is heard in the Force sequence, it is done by Alec Guinness and Ewan McGregor. James Arnold Taylor, who voiced Kenobi in the Star Wars cartoons, had also recorded a line, but it was cut out to make way for Ewan McGregor.
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Kylo Ren's real name is Ben Solo. Although it is never stated, he may have been named after Obi-wan Kenobi, who was sometimes called Ben.
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As of this film, C-3PO and R2-D2 are the only characters to be in all seven live-action "Star Wars" films.
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The prefix of the First Order's Stormtroopers is "FN", as Finn presents himself as FN-2187 to Poe Dameron. FN is an acronym for "Footsoldier Number".
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The name of the First Order's weapon is "Starkiller". This was Luke Skywalker's original last name when George Lucas wrote the Star Wars story. The name was used as a code name by the character Galen Marek, who was Darth Vader's secret apprentice in the video game Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (2008). It's Starkiller's actions in the game that leads to the creation of the Rebel Alliance.
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When Kylo Ren is reading Rey's mind in the interrogation chamber, he says he sees her dreams of an island in the middle of an ocean. In the final scene, Rey locates Luke on an island in the middle of an ocean.
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Luke Skywalker's hiding place was filmed at Skellig Michael, an island off the southwest coast of Ireland. The steps Rey climbs, and the stone buildings she passes, are part of a Christian monastery founded sometime between the sixth and eighth centuries.
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The first shots fired by Stormtroopers are right on target. On average, the First Order troopers are superior marksmen, compared to previous films.
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Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), Tim Rose (Admiral Ackbar), and Mike Quinn (Nien Nunb) are the only cast members to reprise their roles from the original Star Wars trilogy, while Daniels and Mayhew are the only actors to reprise their roles from the prequel trilogy as well.
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At the end of their duel, Finn manages to injure Kylo Ren's shoulder much like Luke did to Darth Vader on Cloud City. Kylo Ren even performs the same disarming maneuver on Finn right after. Some complain it doesn't make sense for a storm-trooper to survive that long given how they are easily disposed in every other Star Wars work.
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When Rey uses the Force to recover the lightsaber, besting Kylo Ren, the Force theme usually associated with Obi-wan and Luke, "Binary Sunset", is played.
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During his duel with Rey, Kylo Ren receives a large facial scar similar to the one Anakin Skywalker had in Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005), which he received during a battle in the Clone Wars.
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In the climax of the first film in all three trilogies, a major character, who is serving as a mentor to the younger cast, is killed by lightsaber at the hand of the film's primary antagonist. In Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson) was killed by Darth Maul, in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) Obi-wan Kenobi (Alec Guinness) was killed by Darth Vader, and in this film, Han Solo (Harrison Ford) was killed by Kylo Ren. Neeson and Ford were also the top billed actors in the films, in which they died, and while Guinness was not, Ewan McGregor received top billing playing the same character in Episodes II and III.
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During her escape on the Starkiller base, Rey overhears a conversation between two storm-troopers who discuss the new "BT-17", which is a reference to the first movie Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), where Obi-Wan Kenobi overhears two storm-troopers having a similar conversation about the new BT-16 while disabling the tractor beam on the Death Star. George Lucas felt that the film was too derivative from his original Star Wars and didn't enjoyed those constant winks.
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This is the first Star Wars film without a physical appearance from Anakin Skywalker or Obi-wan Kenobi, though Kenobi's voice can be heard saying, "Rey, these are your first steps" at one point in the film. However some speculate the voice may have been Darth Sidious imitating Obi-wan, since Sidious reveals he can imitate voices on his first meeting with Kylo Ren in Star Wars IX: Rise of Skywalker.
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There was some dissatisfaction among fans about how Leia, in response to Han's death, chooses to hug Rey (whom she has never met before) instead of Chewbacca (as they both have known Han and each other for decades). In an interview with Slashfilm, J.J. Abrams explained that his intention was for Chewbacca to be concerned with giving the injured Finn medical attention. In his absence, Leia and Rey would feel a connection with each other through the Force, and therefore, in their grief, reach out to each other. Abrams acknowledged that he made a mistake by keeping Chewbacca in the shot, making it look as if Leia was passing him by, which was never his intention. Rian Johnson added Leia hugging Chewbacca on the Last Jedi to apologize for Abrams mistake.
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Han reveals that his son's real name is Ben. Harrison Ford has a son named Ben in real life. In the Expanded Universe, Luke has a son named Ben. Also, in the Expanded Universe, Han and Leia have a son who turned to the Dark Side, named Jacen Solo.
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Finn is the fourth non-Force user after General Grievous (Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)), Pre Vizsla (Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008)), and Han Solo (Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)) to wield a lightsaber.
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Mark Hamill grew a beard and lost 50 pounds to reprise his role as Luke Skywalker.
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WILHELM SCREAM: A shot Stormtrooper when Poe and Finn are escaping in a TIE fighter.
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Contrary to popular belief, the segment of Rey's Force vision with Kylo Ren and the Knights of Ren surrounded by dead bodies does not take place at Luke Skywalker's Jedi Academy, nor are the bodies Luke's pupils. Pablo Hidalgo, of Lucasfilm's story group, stated the scene takes place elsewhere, and the man stabbed at the beginning of the sequence by Kylo Ren is a "clan leader".
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For the scene where Kylo Ren killed Han Solo, Harrison Ford said that he wanted the character to die an honorable and noble death. Ford has been trying to do this since the release of Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980). J.J. Abrams agreed to this, because Ford believed the character has had a good enough run in the franchise, to where Solo could not be forgotten.
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Kylo Ren's lightsaber has the crossguard blades, due to being an ancient design that requires excess energy to be vented from the main shaft. The blade has an unsteady energy beam, due to his lightsaber housing a cracked kyber crystal.
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Poe's fake-out "death" after being rescued by Finn was originally supposed to be genuine, which actually made Oscar Isaac hesitant to take the role (as he'd played a character who suffered a similar fate in The Bourne Legacy (2012)). J.J. Abrams later decided to spare Poe after coming up with a way to temporarily write him out of the plot without having to kill him off. How he survived is never explained, the actual dialogue never explains it properly.
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The first Star Wars film where R2-D2 does not save any of the main characters, though he does help provide Luke Skywalker's location near the end of the film.
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Contrary to popular opinion, Harrison Ford stated in an Entertainment Weekly November 2015 interview that he was happy that George Lucas didn't listen to his request to be martyred in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983). He was very glad to be back on set of a new Star Wars film. Interestingly, in the making of segments of this movie, Ford is careful in admitting that Han Solo's death moves the story forward, but does not confirm or deny making cameo appearances in the future films. Possibly a ghost brought back by Luke Skywalker. Indeed, Ford made a cameo in Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker (2019) as an ambiguous dream, hallucination, or conscience.
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DIRECTOR TRADEMARK: (A mystery box): The box where Rey finds Luke's light-saber. In a childhood trip to Lou Tannen's Magic Store, J.J. Abrams bought a "mystery magic box", a box that has always remained a mystery. He's never opened it, believing that, unopened, "It represents infinite possibility. It represents hope. It represents potential. What I love about this box, and what I realized I sort of do, in whatever it is that I do, is I find myself drawn to infinite possibility and that sense of potential." Abrams has used "mystery boxes" in many of his projects, including Lost (2004), Cloverfield (2008), Super 8 (2011), and Star Trek Into Darkness (2013).
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As shown in photos, R2-D2 has gathered rust around his head to show age.
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When Finn and Rey meet Han Solo in the Millennium Falcon, she questions if he was the same man who did the Kessel Run in less than fourteen parsecs, being corrected by Han that he did the run in less than twelve parsecs. In Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), Han Solo boasted to Luke Skywalker and Obi-wan Kenobi that he made the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs to justify the high speed of the Millennium Falcon. A parsec is an unit of space, not time (1 parsec = 3.26 light-years). In the Expanded Universe, and eventually in Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018), it is explained that the Kessel Run was an eighteen parsec route used by smugglers to avoid the Galactic Empire's controls, in a sector of space hard to navigate, due to several black holes in the path, and Han made an alternate route.
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When deciding what to do with Phasma after lowering the Starkiller's shields, Han Solo asks if there is a trash compactor nearby to hold her, a reference to the escape from the Death Star in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977).
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The New York Daily News generated some contoversy when an edition of their comic strip Between The Lines leaked a spoiler about Han's death. The strip was published in their December 16, 2015 issue, a day before the film's theatrical release.
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When Luke appears, it continues the tradition of at least one "Skywalker" character appearing in each movie's closing shot before the credits. Anakin appears in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999), Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002), and Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) (emerging as one of the Force ghosts). Luke appears as a baby in Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005), later as an adult (with Leia) in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980), and RotJ.
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Throughout the movie, three major times, Carrie Fisher's daughter, Billie Lourd, is seen. The first is just behind Carrie when Han and Leia reunite for the first time in this movie. The second is when the Resistance is fighting Starkiller Base, and the First Order's fleets come out. The scene cuts back to the Resistance's headquarters, where Billie Lourd says "Are you seeing this?" The third major time is at the end when Rey leaves in the Millennium Falcon with Chewie and R2-D2, and BB-8 and the crowd of Resistance people are waving goodbye and cheering. You can see Billie Lourd slightly to the right of Carrie Fisher and in the front row of the crowd.
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In an early version of the script, Leia was supposed to die instead of Han.
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During the final battle of the film, in which Kylo Ren tries using the Force to obtain Luke Skywalker's lightsaber and Rey manages to do so instead, a "new" rendition of the Force Theme is heard as Rey claims the weapon. The piece that plays here is, in fact, a track from Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)'s soundtrack called "Burning Homestead", which was originally played during the scene where Luke finds that his aunt and uncle have been murdered by the Empire. Only a fifteen second segment of the three minute track is actually used, and it is spliced in with a track from the film's official soundtrack, "The Ways of the Force", which incorporates the Force theme multiple times as well.
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Chewbacca rescues Rey and Finn at the end of the last battle. This is the only time he ever sits in the pilot's seat and unambiguously flies the Falcon as the main pilot. Prior to this, he has always sat in the co-pilot's chair with either Han, Leia, or Lando at the pilot controls.
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As a former Jedi apprentice who turned to the Dark Side, Kylo Ren has obvious parallels to his grandfather, Darth Vader. His father, Han Solo, had some parallels to Anakin Sykwalker as portrayed in the prequel trilogy. Both are pilots whose talents come in handy when a Jedi Master and his apprentice (Qui-Gon & Obi-Wan, Obi-Wan & Luke) need to get off Tattooine in order to help the heroine (Queen Amidala, Princess Leia). Both end up falling in love with that heroine. Han is captured, frozen, and taken away on a floating carbonite slab, while Anakin Skywalker is taken into his life-changing surgery in a floating medical capsule. Both men have to be rescued by Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983).
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There are distinctive landscapes used in this film that pay homage to episodes IV, V, and VI. On Jakku where Rey lives, there is an expansive sandy desert just like the desert young Luke grew up in on Tatooine. Then on Starkiller Base, the harsh, cold, snow-covered features similar to that of Hoth. Lastly, the lush forests, in which Kylo Ren confronts Rey and Finn, bears a similarity to the forest moon of Endor, home of the Ewoks.
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There are actually two female Stormtroopers in this movie. Firstly, there is Captain Phasma, of whom everyone is aware. But, there is also a second seen and heard speaking to Kylo Ren, when they are searching for Rey on Starkiller Base.
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The Millennium Falcon is actually visible very briefly before the "the garbage will do" quote. As Rey and Finn run out of the desert compound, the camera pans very quickly to their right, showing the Falcon in passing.
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During the assault on Starkiller Base, Poe Dameron enlists help from X-wing pilots with call signs Red 4 and Red 6. He skips Red 5 because this was Luke Skywalker's X-wing call sign.
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When Kylo Ren insists that Rey's lightsaber belongs to him, he actually does have a measure of legitimate claim to it. Kylo's grandfather was Darth Vader aka Anakin Skywalker, who had that lightsaber before losing it to Obi-wan Kenobi on Mustafar, who then gave it to Anakin's son Luke (Kylo's uncle).
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When Starkiller Base is destroyed, in the explosion, you can see the distinctive concave dish of the Death Star in the bottom left "corner" and the trench line horizontal across the globe.
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(At around 25 minutes) Kylo Ren and General Hux argue about the First Order Stormtroopers, and Ren remarks that Supreme Leader Snoke should use a clone army. That was written as a nod to the past. In the prequel trilogy, it was revealed that the Imperial Stormtroopers were clones of bounty hunter Jango Fett, and that they were a part of Supreme Chancellor (Later Emperor) Palpatine's evil plot to rule the galaxy and slay the Jedi, and Palpatine ordered the clone troopers to betray and eliminate the Jedi, and when Palpatine reorganized the Republic, and formed the evil Galactic Empire, and proclaimed himself as Emperor, the clone troopers became Imperial Stormtroopers.
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This movie marks the first time we've seen Han Solo at the controls of the Millennium Falcon since Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980).
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During their arrival on Starkiller Base, Finn says they'll stop the First Order base by using the Force. Han Solo angrily says the Force doesn't work like that. This a reference to Star Wars Rebels (2014), where Zeb would often mock Ezra telling him to use the Force to get out of a sticky situation with Ezra replying it doesn't work like that.
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Little is revealed about Rey (Daisy Ridley) and her back story. It is established in the film she had been abandoned on Jakku as a 9-year-old girl and lives and works on Jakku as a desert scavenger and that she is a capable fighter and a capable pilot and she is strong in the Force.
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Chewbacca's reaction to seeing Han getting killed is similar to Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999), when Obi-Wan witnesses Qui-Gon's death, and Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), when Luke witnesses Obi-wan getting cut down by Darth Vader.
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In the Resistance base after Han Solo's death, Leia walks past Chewbacca and hugs Rey. Many fans perceived this as a lack of sensitivity to Chewbacca since he had been Han's best friend, and some fans posted theories online as to why it happened. However, J.J. Abrams has admitted in interviews that this was simply an oversight on his part and he regrets it.
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Leia speaks the final line in this film and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016), the first two Star Wars films released since Disney acquired Lucasfilm in 2014.
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The second movie in the franchise to conclude with a moving camera shot (the circling aerial view of Rey and Luke on the island). Five of the six previous films have a stationary shot as their final scenes: The victory celebration on Naboo (Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)); Anakin and Padme's wedding (Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002)); Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru with Luke on Tatooine (Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)); The victory ceremony on Yavin (Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)); Most of the cast on the forest moon (Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)). The only earlier moving camera, was when the camera pulls back from Luke, Leia, and the droids on the medical frigate (Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)).
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The name "Ky-lo" is likely a combination of elements of the names S-ky-walker and So-lo, and potentially an early reveal of his lineage.
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After Han Solo is killed by Kylo Ren, due to disturbance in the force, Leia makes the same facial expressions as master Yoda after the execution of order 66, when he is on command tower with Wookiees Chewbacca and Tarfful on planet Kashykk in Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005).
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The third J.J. Abrams written film to show a planet being destroyed. In Star Trek (2009) it was Vulcan, in Armageddon (1998) it was Earth, and here it is The Republic's Hosnian System, as well as Starkiller Base.
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Mark Hamill receives second billing, despite only being in one short scene with no dialogue at the end of the film (as a result of having the majority of his scenes cut). Also, the first one after the original three stars is the villain (Adam Driver), instead of the protagonist that follows (Daisy Ridley). This is because billing is decided on star power. Mark Hamill, despite his limited screentime was the star of the original trilogy, and Adam Driver was the best known actor of the new cast. Whereas for Daisy Ridley, this is her motion picture debut.
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When Rey and Finn are being pursued by the TIE fighters, the Falcon's lower gun turret becomes stuck in the forward position, but later on, it appears to be back in its regular position. However, as the Falcon flattens out of its dive after downing the last TIE, the turret can be seen clipping a piece of wreckage on the ground, which frees it.
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Some people query why Han said he didn't believe in the existence of the Jedi and the Force, even though he was in Episodes IV, V, and VI, he is of course referring to the time before he met Luke and Obi-wan. In one of his first interactions with Obi-wan, he says "Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side." His time with Luke has obviously changed his views, and this is what, to which he is referring, in this movie.
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Harrison Ford had requested that Han should be killed off in the Star Wars franchise during the production of Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980), and again while making Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983), because his character had already played its part. He also thought that it would give the character more depth. But George Lucas was against the idea.
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First Order's stormtroopers are presented as unnamed soldiers with a serial number and a prefix. In THX 1138 (1971) all the characters lack of name and surnames, but a serial number and a prefix.
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When Han Solo and Chewbacca split up to plant explosive charges on Starkiller Base, each device is outfitted with a magnet to attach to a steel beam, a red light to indicate the charge is activated and each can be detonated by a remote switch. The exact same explosive device is used by Ethan Hunt when rescuing Lindsey Farris in Mission: Impossible III (2006).
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Only the third live-action Star Wars movie to not have the droid C-3PO in the final shot of the film. The first two were Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) and Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005). Only the second live-action Star Wars movie to not have R2-D2 in the final shot after Revenge of the Sith.
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When R2-D2 awakens from his long dream, he shows an almost full Galaxy's map, which is completed by BB-8. This is the second time that a Star Wars movie shows a galactic starchart after Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002).
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Adam Driver who plays Han Solo's son, previously starred together with Oscar Isaac in the Coen Brothers movie Inside Llewyn Davis (2013). Another Coen Brothers alumnus, Alden Ehrenreich from Hail, Caesar! (2016), played a younger Han Solo in Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018).
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The first movie in the saga not to feature a green lightsaber since Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980).
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Starkiller Base makes only one shot, completely destroying the Hosnian System. In Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), the Death Star makes only one shot, completely destroying Alderaan.
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Star Wars Saga hero Luke Skywalker appears at the very end of this film, appearing onscreen for less than 90 seconds. The same can be said about link=tt0121766].
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When Han talks to Rey and Finn about Luke's disappearance and that he heard a rumor that Luke went off in search for the first Jedi temple foreshadows the film's end and Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017) itself. The island on Ahch To which Luke has gone into seclusion contains one of the first of many ancient Jedi temples across the galaxy.
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When describing the Force to Rey, Maz Kanata tells her to "Close her eyes. Feel it". Later during the climactic final battle on Starkiller Base Kylo Ren chases Rey to the edge of a cliff, the world falling apart all around them. He offers to teach her the ways of the Force, giving Rey the incentive to tap into it. She closes her eyes and feels it before overcoming Kylo in combat.
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Snoke outright tells Kylo Ren that facing his father will be his greatest test. As noted, with some effort, he passes. Or fails, if one takes the novelization at its word that the exercise weakened Ren's resolve.
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Adam Driver's career has other parallels to those of his on-screen parents, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher. He and Fisher's mother, Debbie Reynolds, have both appeared in films about Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln (2012) was also directed by Steven Spielberg (Indiana Jones film series), and featured Lukas Haas (Witness (1985)) and, in an Oscar-nominated role, Tommy Lee Jones (The Fugitive (1993)). He later appeared in Logan Lucky (2017), in which he kicks another character (Daniel Craig, who also appears in this film) down a garbage chute (just as Han Solo did to Chewbacca in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)). His own character is a one-armed man (like The Fugitive again). Also in that film, he appears opposite actor Jack Quaid, whose mother Meg Ryan appeared in When Harry Met Sally... (1989) with Carrie Fisher, and whose father Dennis Quaid appeared in Postcards from the Edge (1990) which Fisher wrote.
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Han Solo and Chewbacca don't appear until 40 minutes into the film.
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