I know we’re all about to rush out to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but before we do, let’s get a quick rundown of everything we know right now. We’re about to take a look at:
- Director J.J. Abrams sequel prospects
- Han Solo‘s wardrobe design
- The Force Awakens‘ critical and box office record breaking
- The Force Awakens being viewed in actual space
- Which cast member’s child has a role
- The status of annoying cuteness and post credits scenes
- Exactly how much money Disney is set to make
- And much, much more!
This should give you something to do as you’re waiting in line. The following information is spoiler-free, of course. What kind of terrible people do you take us for?
First off, we know that Abrams will not return for a sequel. Speaking with Fandango, he said:
“I remember feeling when I was working on this movie, and we were midway through production and I felt that I didn’t think that it would have been, given what we were all giving to seven, something that I was going to be able to do in anyway that would do service to the movie, to do eight. Meaning, I knew I would need some time off. It wouldn’t work on their schedule. It wouldn’t have been the right thing. I knew if seven worked as well as I was hoping it would then that’s a wonderful place to have done my part in the Star Wars world and step back. And if it didn’t go as well as I was hoping it would, no one would want me to do the next one. So there was only a win to say this was the movie to direct.”
We also know that a lot of thought was given to Harrison Ford‘s wardrobe. Costume Designer Michael Caplan said:
“I wanted Han’s costume to feel familiar, since Harrison Ford is the same actor playing the same character. Of course he’s older, but he’s still in terrific shape. I wanted it to seem like Han was still choosing his own garb. As for Luke, I’m not sure. Let me know what you think on Dec. 18.”
“The Force Awakens is a genuine cultural phenomenon. The extraordinary ticketing demand is truly unprecedented. It is Fandango’s top-selling movie of all time, even before it has even hit theater screens. It’s great to see that all fans can enjoy the Star Wars experience, as our theater partners continue to add new screens and new showtimes every day.”
The Force Awakens is also outperforming every other Star Wars movie on Rotten Tomatoes, with a score of 95% fresh. The other films are ranked thusly: A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back – 94%, Return of the Jedi – 80%, Revenge of the Sith – 79%, Attack of the Clones – 66%, The Phantom Menace – 56%.
We know that The Force Awakens is supposed to be played in space, according to British astronaut Tim Peake. The movie will apparently be played on the International Space Station.
— Tim Peake (@astro_timpeake) December 12, 2015
We also know that Carrie Fisher‘s daughter, Billie Lourd, has a role in the film- and will be rocking Leia’s signature hair buns!
We know there will be no annoying cuteness and no post credits scene, as reported by ComicBook.com. When asked by Mindy Kaling what would not be in the movie, Kathleen Kennedy, president of LucasFilm said:
“Jar Jar is definitely not in the movie. Ewoks are not in the movie. That was because Harrison [Ford] insisted.”
We know that Disney is set to make BANK in merchandising. Forbes reports that they should make much more on merchandising than the film itself, with projections topping $5 billion dollars over the next 12 months!
We also know that just about every brand and service has some kind of Star Wars tie-in. Spotify will match you with a Star Wars character and provide you with an appropriate playlist.
We also recommend checking out this Reddit AMA session with a random Force Awakens actor, reading this Buzzfeed article detailing Abrams’ path to Star Wars, watch this terrible SNL Star Wars sketch, check out Mark Hamill Stormtroopering for charity, and take a minute to remember Star Wars fan Daniel Fleetwood.
Thanks for reviewing all things Star Wars with us. We hope it got you as revved up for the movie premiere as it did us. Now, go! Enjoy the flick and we’ll see you on the other side.