Luke Skywalker has vanished. In his absence, the sinister FIRST ORDER has risen from the ashes of the Empire and will not rest until Skywalker, the last Jedi, has been destroyed.

With the support of the REPUBLIC, General Leia Organa leads a brave RESISTANCE. She is desperate to find her brother Luke and gain his help in restoring peace and justice to the galaxy.

Leia has sent her most daring pilot on a secret mission to Jakku, where an old ally has discovered a clue to Luke's whereabouts...

 

 

 

Directed by J. J. Abrams

 

 

 

Produced by Kathleen Kennedy, J. J. Abrams and Bryan Burke

 

 

 

Written by Lawrence Kasdan, J. J. Abrams and Michael Arndt

 

 

 

Starring

Mark Hamill

Harrison Ford

Carrie Fisher

Adam Driver

Daisy Ridley

John Boyega

 

 

 

 

 

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a 2015 American epic space opera film directed,

co-produced, and co-written by J. J. Abrams. The seventh installment in the main

Star Wars film series, it stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam

Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong'o, Andy Serkis,

Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Max von Sydow. Produced by

Lucasfilm and Abrams' Bad Robot Productions and distributed worldwide by Walt

Disney Studios Motion Pictures, The Force Awakens is set about 30 years after

Return of the Jedi (1983), and follows Rey, Finn, and Poe Dameron's fight with

the Resistance, led by veterans of the Rebel Alliance, against Kylo Ren and the

First Order, which descended from the Galactic Empire.

 

The Force Awakens is the first film in the Star Wars sequel trilogy announced

after Disney's acquisition of Lucasfilm in October 2012. The film is produced by

Abrams, his long-time collaborator Bryan Burk, and Lucasfilm president Kathleen

Kennedy. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan, co-writer of the original trilogy films The

Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983), rewrote an initial

script by Michael Arndt. John Williams, composer for the previous six films,

returned to compose its score. Star Wars creator George Lucas served as creative

consultant during the film's early production stages. Filming began in April

2014 in Abu Dhabi and Iceland, with principal photography also taking place in

Ireland and Pinewood Studios in England.

 

The Force Awakens premiered in Los Angeles on December 14, 2015, four days

before its release in North America and more than 10 years after the release of

the franchise's last live action installment. Critics compared it favorably to

the original trilogy, praising its action sequences, characters, acting, special

effects, musical score and emotional drama, though some criticized it as

unoriginal. Disney backed the film with an extensive marketing campaign;[5][6]

it has broken many box office records, including the highest-grossing worldwide

opening of all time and the fastest film to reach $1 billion.[7][8] As of

January 1, 2016[update], it has generated a global box office gross of over $1.3

billion, becoming the fourth highest-grossing film of 2015, the seventh highest

of all time and the highest in the franchise without inflation adjustment.[9]

Two sequels, Episode VIII and Episode IX, are scheduled for release on May 26,

2017 and in 2019, respectively.

 

 

 

Contents  [hide]

  1 Plot

  2 Cast

  3 Production 3.1 Development

    3.2 Pre-production

    3.3 Casting

    3.4 Filming

    3.5 Post-production

    3.6 Music

 

  4 Release 4.1 Marketing

    4.2 Merchandise

 

  5 Reception 5.1 Box office 5.1.1 Theatrical run

      5.1.2 Commercial analysis

 

    5.2 Critical response

    5.3 Accolades

 

  6 Sequels

  7 See also

  8 Footnote

  9 References

  10 External links

 

 

Plot

 

Approximately 30 years after the destruction of the second Death Star, Luke Skywalker, the last Jedi, has disappeared. The First Order has risen from the fallen Galactic Empire and seeks to eliminate Luke and the Republic. The Resistance, backed by the Republic and led by Luke's twin sister, Leia Organa, opposes them while searching for Luke to enlist his aid.

 

Resistance pilot Poe Dameron meets village elder Lor San Tekka on the planet Jakku to obtain a map to Luke's location. Stormtroopers under the command of Kylo Ren destroy the village and capture Poe. Poe's droid BB-8 escapes with the map, and encounters a scavenger, Rey, at a junkyard settlement. Ren tortures Poe and learns of BB-8. Stormtrooper FN-2187, unable to kill for the First Order, frees Poe and they escape in a stolen TIE fighter; Poe dubs FN-2187 "Finn". They crash on Jakku, and Finn appears to be the only survivor. He encounters Rey and BB-8, but the First Order tracks them and launches an airstrike. The three flee the planet in a stolen, rundown ship, the Millennium Falcon.

 

The Falcon breaks down, and is captured by a much larger ship, piloted by Han Solo and Chewbacca, who reclaim their former vessel. Han explains that Luke tried to rebuild the Jedi Order but went into exile after a student turned to the dark side and destroyed all that Luke had built. Gangs seeking to settle debts with Solo board the ship and attack, but the five escape in the Falcon. The criminals inform the First Order of Han's involvement. The Falcon crew view BB-8's map and determine it is incomplete. They travel to the planet Takodana and meet with cantina owner Maz Kanata, who can help BB-8 reach the Resistance, but Finn wants to flee on his own. Rey is drawn to a vault and finds the lightsaber that belonged to Luke and his father Anakin Skywalker before him. She experiences disturbing visions and flees into the woods. Maz gives Finn the lightsaber for safekeeping.

 

At the First Order's Starkiller Base, a planet converted to a superweapon capable of destroying star systems, Supreme Leader Snoke orders General Hux to use it for the first time. It destroys the Republic capital and its fleet and Hux declares the end of the Republic. Snoke tells Ren that to overcome the call of the Light Side of the Force, Ren must kill his father, Han Solo. The First Order attacks Takodana. Han, Chewbacca, and Finn are saved by Resistance X-wing fighters led by Poe, but Rey is captured and taken to Starkiller Base. Ren interrogates Rey, but she resists his mind-reading. Discovering she too can use the Force, she escapes her cell with a Jedi mind trick.

 

Leia arrives at Takodana with C-3PO and reunites with Han and Chewbacca. At the Resistance base on D'Qar, BB-8 finds R2-D2, who has been inactive since Luke's disappearance. As Starkiller Base prepares to fire on D'Qar, the Resistance devises a plan to destroy it by attacking a critical facility. Leia urges Han to return their son alive. Using the Falcon, Han, Chewbacca, and Finn infiltrate the base. They lower its shield, find Rey, set explosives, and encounter Ren. Han confronts Ren, calling him by his birth name, Ben, and implores him to abandon the dark side. Though conflicted, Ren kills Han. Enraged, Chewbacca shoots Ren in the side and sets off the explosives, allowing the Resistance X-wing fighters to attack and start a chain reaction that destroys Starkiller Base.

 

The injured Ren pursues Finn and Rey to the surface. Finn battles Ren with the lightsaber, but is overpowered and badly wounded. Rey takes the lightsaber and fights Ren, overpowering him with the Force before they are separated by a fissure. Snoke orders Hux to evacuate and bring Ren to him, while Rey and Chewbacca escape with Finn in the Falcon. On D'Qar, the Resistance celebrates while Leia, Chewbacca, and Rey mourn Han's death. R2-D2 awakens and reveals the rest of the map, which Rey follows with R2-D2 and Chewbacca to an island on a distant planet. She finds Luke and presents him with his father's lightsaber.

 

Cast

  Harrison Ford as Han Solo:

  A rogue and smuggler. Ford said Han "does not aspire to the position of

  Obi-Wan, nor do I aspire to be some New Age Alec Guinness. His development is

  consistent with the character, and there are emotional elements which have

  occasioned his growth ... There's a lot of the rogue still left in Solo. Some

  things don't change..."[10]Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker:

  One of the last remaining Jedi who has gone into hiding. Regarding Luke, Han

  and Leia, Abrams stated: "They'd be as old and as mythic as the tale of King

  Arthur. They would be characters who [the new characters] may have heard of,

  but maybe not. They'd be characters who they might believe existed, or just

  sounded like a fairy tale..."[11]Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa:

  The former princess of the destroyed planet Alderaan, turned General of the

  Resistance, and Luke's twin sister.[12] After the events of Return of the

  Jedi, she is described as "a little more battle weary, a little more broken

  hearted."[13] Fisher described Leia as "Solitary. Under a lot of pressure.

  Committed as ever to her cause, but I would imagine feeling somewhat defeated,

  tired, and pissed." Abrams said: "The stakes are pretty high in the story for

  her, so there's not much goofing around where Leia's concerned."[14]Adam

  Driver as Kylo Ren:

  A dark warrior strong with the Force, originally a member of the Knights of

  Ren, and commander of the First Order.[15][16] Driver said the team tried "not

  to think of him as being bad, or evil, or a villain. Something that was more

  three-dimensional. He’s more dangerous and unpredictable, and morally

  justified in doing what he thinks is right."[17]Daisy Ridley as Rey:

  A scavenger abandoned as a child on the desert planet Jakku, who is searching

  for her family.[18] Ridley said: "She's completely self-sufficient and does

  everything for herself, until she meets [Finn] and an adventure

  begins."[18]John Boyega as Finn:

  A reformed First Order stormtrooper.[18][19] Boyega said that he learned he

  obtained the part "over a nice breakfast in Mayfair" where Abrams told him:

  "John, you're the new star of Star Wars."[20] Boyega said: "When we find Finn,

  he's in incredible danger. And the way he reacts to this danger changes his

  life, and launches him into the Star Wars universe in a very unique way."[18]

  He said in another interview: "He's been taught about [Luke], he knows about

  his history. For him it's like joining the army and then learning about one of

  the great enemies of your country."[11]Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron:

  A Resistance X-wing fighter pilot.[18][21] Isaac said: "He's the best freaking

  pilot in the galaxy... He's been sent on a mission by a certain princess, and

  he ends up coming up across [Finn], and their fates are forever

  intertwined."[18]Lupita Nyong'o as Maz Kanata:

  A wise and perceptive figure operating a somewhat shady cantina on the

  peaceful forest planet, Takodana.[21] J.J. Abrams said Kanata has "lived over

  a thousand years. She's had this watering hole … and it's like another bar

  that you'd find in a corner of the Star Wars universe."[22] According to

  Abrams, the character was based on his former high school English teacher,

  Rose Gilbert, who lectured at the Palisades Charter High School from 1961 till

  2013. Abrams said the team "really wanted the story to feel authentic, despite

  being a wild fantasy. I mentioned Rose in an early story meeting as a sort of

  timeless, wise figure that I'd actually known in my life."[23]Andy Serkis as

  Supreme Leader Snoke:

  The political leader of the First Order. He is Kylo Ren's master and is very

  powerful in the dark side.[24] Serkis described Snoke as "quite an enigmatic

  character, and strangely vulnerable at the same time as being quite

  powerful... He is large. He appears tall. And also just the facial design—you

  couldn't have gotten there with prosthetics... Without giving too much away at

  this point, he has a very distinctive, idiosyncratic bone and facial

  structure."[25]Domhnall Gleeson as General Hux:

  The commander of the First Order's Starkiller Base.[26] Gleeson described him

  as "pretty ruthless. A strong disciplinarian would be a mild way of putting

  it... He's kind of opposite Kylo Ren. They have their own relationship, which

  is individual and unusual. One of them is strong in different ways than the

  other. They're both vying for power."[27]Anthony Daniels as C-3PO:

  A humanoid protocol droid. Daniels said the actors were allowed to experiment

  with their performances, and that Abrams "made a field, a playpen where you

  were allowed to take your time and suggest things."[28]Peter Mayhew as

  Chewbacca:

  A loyal Wookiee and Solo's longtime companion. Joonas Suotamo portrays the

  character in several action scenes, as the then 71-year-old Mayhew suffered

  from knee problems.[29]Max von Sydow as Lor San Tekka:

  A retired adventurer on Jakku, aiding the Resistance in locating

Skywalker.[30]

Tim Rose and Mike Quinn reprise their respective roles as Admiral Ackbar and

Nien Nunb, both from Return of the Jedi. Quinn previously performed Nunb with

Richard Bonehill before his death;[31][32] Kipsang Rotich returns as the voice

of Nien Nunb[33] and Erik Bauersfeld returns to voice Ackbar.[34][35] Kenny

Baker, originally announced as part of the cast, was credited as "consultant"

for R2-D2.[36][37] Ewan McGregor has an uncredited vocal cameo as Obi-Wan Kenobi

in Rey's vision sequence, while archival audio of Frank Oz and Alec Guinness as

Yoda and Kenobi, respectively, are also used in the same scene; Oz recorded new

dialogue for the film, but it was replaced with pre-existing audio from The

Empire Strikes Back.[38]

 

Gwendoline Christie plays Captain Phasma, an officer in the First Order.[39]

Dave Chapman and Brian Herring served as puppeteers for BB-8,[40] with Bill

Hader and Ben Schwartz credited as "Vocal Consultants".[41] Ken Leung appears as

Statura, an admiral in the Resistance.[42] Simon Pegg appears as Unkar Plutt,

the Junkyard dealer on Jakku.[26][43] Greg Grunberg plays Temmin "Snap" Wexley,

an X-wing pilot.[44][45] Kiran Shah plays Teedo, a scavenger on Jakku who rides

a semi-mechanical Luggabeast.[46] Jessica Henwick appears as Jess Testor, an

X-wing pilot.[47][48] Yayan Ruhian, Iko Uwais, and Cecep Arif Rahman appear as

Tasu Leech, Razoo Qin-Fee, and Crokind Shand, members of the Kanjiklub Gang, a

criminal organization.[49][50][51] Brian Vernel appears as Bala-Tik, the leader

of the Guavian Death Gang.[52] Warwick Davis appears as Wollivan, a

tavern-dweller in Maz Kanata's castle.[53][54] Anna Brewster appears as Bazine

Netal, a First Order spy, also at Maz Kanata's castle.[55] Thomas

Brodie-Sangster plays Thanisson, a First Order Petty Officer.[56] Billie Lourd,

daughter of Carrie Fisher, appears as Connix, a lieutenant in the

Resistance.[57][58] Emun Elliott appears as Brance, a member of the

Resistance.[59] Harriet Walter appears as Kalonia, a doctor that tends to

Chewbacca.[60][61] Mark Stanley appears as a Knight of Ren.[61]

 

Daniel Craig, Michael Giacchino and Nigel Godrich cameo as

stormtroopers.[62][63] Abrams' assistant, Morgan Dameron, appears as a

Resistance officer,[64] while his father, Gerald W. Abrams, appears as Captain

Cypress.[65] Additionally, Crystal Clarke, Pip Andersen,[66] Christina

Chong,[67] Miltos Yerolemou,[68] Maisie Richardson-Sellers,[69] Amybeth

Hargreaves,[70] Leanne Best,[71] Judah Friedlander,[72] and Kevin Smith[73] were

cast in minor roles. Abrams has a vocal cameo,[74][75] while Star Wars: The

Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels cast members Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter, Tom

Kane, Catherine Taber, Matthew Wood, Sam Witwer, Meredith Salenger and show

runner Dave Filoni are listed among the additional voices used in the

film.