‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ to be Released December 2015
by Tiffany Hyman
Calling all Jedi Knights, Padawans and members of the Galactic Empire: the ‘Force’ is returning once again. Fans are eager to celebrate “May the fourth be with you” on May 4 with confirmation of the next chapter finally revealed. Disney, creator George Lucas (Lucasfilm) and director JJ Abrams are pleased to announce the release of the next trilogy of the worldwide phenomenon, “Star Wars: Episode VII.”
The next installment of the films is set to take place 30 years after “Star Wars: VI-Return of the Jedi.” Although few details have been revealed, filmmakers allocate fans can expect more epic battles, lightsaber duels, and the continued fight of good versus evil.
“Star Wars: Episode VII” follows “Star Wars: Episode VI-Return of the Jedi.” The last action adventure, released in 1983, follows the exposure of one of the most shocking reveals in movie history—Darth Vader is Luke Skywalker’s father. In the sixth trilogy, Luke tries to change his father from the dark side. The movie is set in Tatooine, where Luke, Princess Leia, Lando Calrissian, Chewbacca, C-3PO and R2-D2 set out on a rescue mission to protect Han Solo from Jabba the Hutt.
After the epic rescue, Luke learns that the Galactic Empire, under the powerful, evil Emperor Palpatine, has begun a method of mass destruction by creating a new armored space station that is more dominant than the first Death Star. In attempt to stop the completion of the second Death Star, the Rebel Fleet has set to plan a full-on attack to kill Palpatine and attempt to end the Empire once and for all. Luke discovers his father is part of the construction of the new Death Star. He surrenders to the Imperial troops in an effort to see his father and turn him good once again. Palpatine sees Luke and offers him to join the dark side, but he refuses and he and Vader start a lightsaber duel. He reveals to his father that Princess Leia is his sister Vader’s daughter. Enraged that Vader wants to turn Leia evil, Luke severs his father’s hand. The Emperor offered Luke to finish his father off and take his place on the dark side, and, like any good, noble act of a Jedi, declines. Palpatine is infuriated with Luke’s decision and tries to kill him. He attacks him with a Force Lightning. Vader is enraged with the Emperor and cannot bare to see his son suffer—his good side, Anakin Skywalker, is restored and he kills the Emperor.
Anakin is mortally injured from the lightning attack and advises Luke to take off his mask so he can speak his dying wishes. He tells his son he still had good left and to instruct Leia, too. The Rebel Fleet launches an attack on the Death Star, and, with the help of the Ewoks, save the world and restore it. One of the final scenes takes places after Luke cremates his father’s remains and celebrates the defeat of the Empire with his friends as Obi-Wan, Yoda and Anakin’s spirits are watching over them.
Fans can expect to see many familiar faces from the original cast of “Star Wars: VI-Return of the Jedi.” Amongst these actors are Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker and Anthony Daniels. Ford will reprise his role as Han Solo; Carrie Fisher will once again portray Princess Leia; and Hamill will star as Luke Skywalker. Sources also confirmed Mayhew will play Chewbacca, Baker will once again be R2-D2 and Daniels will return to his role as C-3PO. Additionally, Disney and Lucasfilms revealed they are adding Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, John Boyega, Domhnall Gleeson and Daisy Ridley as new members of the cast.
Driver, a former Marine, is known for his work in “Girls,” an HBO television series that tells the story of a girl named Hannah, an aspiring writer who learns to navigate her way through young adulthood. Driver plays one of Hannah’s friends. He also has scored roles in “Frances Ha” and folk drama “Inside Llewyn Davis.” He has been rumored to play one of the movie’s villains.
Isaac co-stars David in “Inside Llewyn Davis.” He graduated from Julliard with a concentration in music, but later on decided to change careers and became an actor. He has starred in “Drive,” “Body of Lies” and “Sucker Punch.”
Boyega is best known for his role as a teenage misfit defending aliens in “Attack of the Block.” The 22-year-old actor is starring in a new television show, “24: Live Another Day” and “Race.”
Gleeson is best known for his role in the Harry Potter series playing Bill Weasley, older brother of Ron. The Irish actor has revealed he is one of the stars of the upcoming comedy, “About Time.” Gleeson has also portrayed more serious characters in “Never Let Me Go,” “True Grit” and “Dredd.”
Ridley, a British actress, is rumored to be playing the daughter of Princess Leia and Han Solo. Lucasfilms has not commented on the casting of the actress. Even though she is not as well-known as few of the other actors, she can be seen in “Blue Season” a five-minute short film.
Who will be the main villain? Will the villain be one of the original cast mates or one of the new actors? Will Luke Skywalker continue as the protagonist? What will Luke’s new Jedi Order be? Who will win in a battle of good versus evil? Will Darth Vader aka Anakin Skywalker come back to life? Will the spirits of Obi-Wan and Yoda be restored? These are just a few of the many questions that may be answered in the next installment of “Star Wars.”
Disney bought Lucas films from creator George Lucas in 2012 for $4 billion. Disney has a long-term close relation with Lucas including Star Tours and attractions at Hollywood Studios in Orlando. Lucas will remain a consultant as the filming continues in the seventh featured film.
“Star Wars: Episode VII” is scheduled to be released on December 18, 2015.