J.J Abrams‘ Star Wars VII has just announced that principle photography has wrapped up and the production moves into the Special effects and editing phase. Along with this announcement comes the full title for Star Wars VII, ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens.’ The film had a welcoming start, with some fans a little skeptical of Abrams taking the helm with his lens flare fetish and ‘Star Trek’ affiliation. And the middle hit a few bumps with a heavy door breaking Harrison Ford’s leg when he tried to exit the ship he’s been flying for 30 years. But here we are at the finish line and a title that makes perfect sense within the Star Wars universe. Especially if you believe the spoiler I post at the very end…

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It was announced strangely. Disney pushed it out there via Twitter. One of the most mouth-watering movies to be announced since Marvel Entertainment planned to blow our minds until 2020, and they just quietly announce it on Twitter. Okay, if you say so, Disney.

The cast and crew already celebrated their wrap party last weekend, so this isn’t the biggest surprise. Most flicks get titles before shooting, but Disney took clues from the George Lucas Course On Blue Harvest Filmmaking and did what everybody expected them to do. Taking on the old school style we loved in the first trilogy, the film is said to be relatively CGI-lite. That could mean far less work to do between now and release. But that doesn’t mean we’re going to see it any sooner. Fan still have over a year to complain about the name and greedily buy into all the well-deserved hype. This announcement may also be timely, as we’re expecting a teaser trailer to hit screens before the year is out.

Around the time this news was broken, the folks over at Joblo posted an interesting rumor that has a lot to do with the movie title. It’s SO HEAVY WITH SPOILERS that I’m going to give you time to run.


Stormtrooper moonwalk. Still with us?


Okay, if you came this far and get mad over the spoiler, go to hell. Here’s what they said at the House Of Rumors:

“I’m told that in the back story for the film, Luke Skywalker does something amazing with the Force. He’s really powerful, more of “wizard than lightsaber wielding warrior.” Basically, Luke Skywalker has a “Force Unleashed” moment and realizes he might be bad for the universe. The aftermath of that event is difficult for Luke. Luke Skywalker has become the most powerful Jedi ever, but he doesn’t believe he’s the wisest. He doesn’t want to make the mistake his father made by thinking he knows what’s right for the universe. Skywalker becomes somewhat deranged in his seclusion. He is consumed by his fear that if he should return to “society” his power could be misused, he could be manipulated, and he may accidentally hurt the one’s he loves.

For these reasons, to protect the galaxy and himself, Luke retreats into self-imposed exile for many years. I’m told he can’t always control the power. While he sits in a meditative state, he levitates things unconsciously and he’s not always in complete control and he’s never sure if he’s doing the will of the Force or acting on his own passions. Luke is seeing the past, the present, the future, “old friends long gone” and other things that prey upon his sanity. For most of Luke’s appearance in Star Wars: Episode VII, it is questionable if his madness will result in evil. Not even those that have known him for most of his life know if he’s sane or not. However, the villain and the new hero both draw Skywalker out and he’s forced to intervene in the galactic conflict. The imbalance he feared bringing back to the galaxy is set into motion by the new evil. But it is not only evil that brings Luke Skywalker out of exile. The good in the universe does as well when one of the heroes convinces him the place he is in is not where he belongs.”

That whole “Force Unleashed” thing? It’s very much a “Force Awakens” thing. I wouldn’t be at all surprised about this being legit and I love it a hell of a lot more than I do Luke being abducted by Inquisitors for decades.

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