The Story of 'The Force Awakens' Is Much Clearer Now

The Abrams mystery box is still keeping most things hush-hush.

This week Entertainment Weekly is featuring a major spread on Star Wars: The Force Awakens that will not in any way tame our impatience for December. For your own record-keeping, we are 127 days away from bliss.

But we know little about the film’s story and plot beyond the obvious, like “it takes place after Jedi.” We know the story to Batman v. Superman better than Star Wars, and Supes isn’t going to smack Batman until March of next year.

So how will the new whippersnappers end up hanging out with Chewie and Han in the Millennium Falcon? What’s driving these new villains to squash the new rebels, called simply “The Resistance”? EW and /Film know.

The Empire has morphed into a junta known as The First Order, while X-Wing pilots like Oscar Isaac’s Poe Dameron now fly for a splinter group known as the Resistance. Princess Leia (Fisher) has come into possession of the lightsaber once possessed by her father, Darth Vader, and later lost by Luke (Hamill) when Vader separated him from his arm during that “join me” duel in The Empire Strikes Back.
The amount of screentime the Skywalker twins may get is still unclear, although Luke’s fate is obviously a key factor. Ford’s Han Solo, however, will be one of the leads, piloting the Millennium Falcon alongside his old pal Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew.) Among the newcomers, desert scavenger Rey (Daisy Ridley) and runaway stormtrooper Finn (John Boyega) will be running for their lives, with the rolling droid BB-8 trying to keep up. Eventually all five of them end up aboard that familiar starship.

So the new era of Star Wars begins with a geometrically similar journey to that of A New Hope. Out of all the Star Wars films to evoke, the original movie that started it all isn’t a bad choice.

The first paragraph is the most intriguing, giving just a little more context to the shot of Anakin’s/Luke’s lightsaber being handed off in the second teaser. I’m guessing it’s Daisy Ridley’s Rey giving it to Carrie Fisher’s Leia.

Meanwhile, EW also let loose photos from the set, which are below. Kylo Ren is already my phone’s wallpaper.

Entertainment Weekly, Lucasfilm

Star Wars: The Force Awakens arrives Dec. 18.

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