So, there’s a new Star Wars instalment…
Sure is. The Force Awakens is the sci-fi saga’s official ‘Episode VII’ and the first Star Wars movie since original creator George Lucas sold his production company, Lucasfilm, to Disney in 2012.
What’s it all about, then?
It’s the start of a brand new trilogy, following original heroes Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia (Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher) as they help a new band of rebels fight the First Order – a military power risen from the ashes of the Galactic Empire.
Who are the series’ newbies?
Our new heroes are rookie Jedi Finn (John Boyega), headstrong ‘scavenger’ Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), the “best freaking pilot in the galaxy”. On the dark side, there’s the Darth Vader-like Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), the sinister General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson) and super-trooper Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie).
That’s a lot of new fancy-dress potential…
Oh, and don’t forget BB-8. The Force Awakens’ spherical sidekick will become everyone’s new favourite space droid.
With George Lucas gone, who’s in charge?
Director JJ Abrams – the man who revived Star Trek. “To get to play in this playground is an absolute honour,” he says. “We’re working hard to make a movie that feels as emotional and authentic and exciting as possible.”
Three Star Wars staples we’ll be welcoming back
Han Solo’s fuzzy Wookiee companion – dubbed a “walking carpet” by Leia.
And there’s a new look: Kylo Ren’s crossguard blade has already caused a stir online.
R2-D2 AND C-3PO
The odd-couple droids are the only characters to appear in all seven Star Wars films.
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