Star Wars. That’s pretty much anyone’s been talking about of late (quite rightly: It’s ah-mazing). And while the latest film Star Wars: The Force Awakens has only just been released it’s now been revealed the next movie is set to be filmed in less than a months time! “We are so happy to be starting on Episode Eight in a few weeks in London and it is going to be fun,” the lead actor John Boyega revealed recently. Fans will have to wait until 2017 for the film’s release though. Until then here’s everything you need to know about the film of the year…
Star Wars fans are not happy right now. A sexism row has broken out over the new Star Wars Monopoly game, which features player tokens for Finn, Kylo Ren, Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader, but not Rey, the film’s female lead played by Daisy Ridley. It’s the latest in a line of official merchandise that has caused outrage for prioritising less prominent male characters over Rey, and has led to fans asking #WheresRey on social media.
Despite being a central character who mans and repairs the film series’s star vehicle, the Millennium Falcon, the release of Hasbro’s toy version of the vehicle was accompanied by a Chewbacca figurine, as well as Finn and droid BB-8 (neither of whom pilot the ship) with not a Rey in sight. Then, a Star Wars figurine pack by Target also failed to include Rey or other new female Star Wars characters such as Captain Phasma, played by Gwendoline Christie. The six featured characters are Kylo Ren, Chewbacca, Finn, Poe Dameron, a Stormtrooper and a TIE Fighter pilot.
The outrage even led to an 8-year-old girl writing a letter to Hasbro asking how they could leave out Rey, which was posted to Twitter by her mum.
It seems the pressure from fans has paid off though, with US toy company Hasbro saying it left the character out of the game – released in September – because it it didn’t want to spoil The Force Awakens by “revealing a key plot line that she takes on Kylo Ren and joins the Rebel Alliance”. In a tweet to fans, the company stated “We love your passion for Rey, and are happy to share that we will be including her in the Monopoly: Star Wars game, available later this year.”
Quite rightly too.
Cara stars as Carabacca, Karl as a Karl-Trooper complete with furry sidekick Snow-Pette while VB has been turned into Darth Victoria. She’s clearly pleased with the transformation, Instagramming two shots with the captions “Love This!” and “Major!” Revealing why they picked Darth Vader for Victoria, the website said: “Who better to mix with lord Darth Vader tan the woman who made wearing head-to-toe black fashioniable…” Indeed. Cara was also pretty chuffed with her Star Wars alter-ego, posting the shot to her Insta fans with the caption, “May the force be with CHU #CARABACCA”
Joining the intergalactic animated fash pack are Yoda Wintour, Miley Binks, R-2-Gaultier and Kanye Maul. Brilliant. Bring it on!
The artwork was designed as a homage to latest Star Wars flick to be made after a 10-year hiatus. Yep, unless you’ve been living under a rock somewhere, you can’t have failed to miss that the iconic sci-fi movie is returning to the big screen this winter.
Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens is the first instalment since 2005’s Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, and will be the first film in a brand new trilogy.
The hotly anticipated film hits UK cinemas on the 18th December and we’ve got all the important info…
The film is set 30 years after Return of the Jedi
The Force Awakens marks the start of the third official trilogy of Star Wars films – the sequel trilogy to the original series. And the new film picks up where the Return of the Jedi – the sixth in the chronological sequence – left off.
Disney are behind the new Star Wars trilogy
Star Wars fans were left devastated when George Lucas famously confirmed there would be no more films after the prequel trilogy wrapped in 200
5. Luckily though, Disney came to the rescue. Disney bought Lucas’ film production company in 2012, and announced soon after that they would be making a brand new trilogy.
J.J Abrams will direct the film
Since Disney has taken control of the franchise, George Lucas is not on board to direct the film. Although Lucas did provide a small amount of creative consultation during the early stages of filming, he has left the directing of the film in the capable hands of J.J Abrams. The Hollywood director is more than qualified for the role. Abrams has had experience with sci-fi having directed two Star Trek films and is apparently a life-long fan of Star Wars . As fans wait with baited breath, the pressure is seriously on for Abrams.
Han Solo, Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia are all back
are all reprising their respective original roles in the new film. This is the first time the trio have worked together since the eighties and fans are naturally VERY excited.
There’s a tonne of new actors on board
The casting has been kept carefully under wraps but we now know that Lupita Nyong’o, Adam Driver (of Girls fame), and Game of Thrones star Gwendoline Christie will all have parts in the seventh Star Wars. Plus, the film has signed on two up and coming young British actors for two of the main parts. We predict serious stardom for John Boyega and Daisy Ridley.
Simon Pegg has a cameo role
The actor is massive fan of the films and has not only gained a small part in the movie but has also been involved with the production. “He was a wonderful partner in crime to kick the story around and ask questions and come up with ideas, and he was an incredibly helpful part of the process for all of us. I’m very grateful,” Abrams said.
You can get your fix in 2D, 3D or IMAX format
To add to the excitement, you can see the new Star Wars in 2D, 3D and IMAX format. Or for any mega fans out there, you can see it in all 3!