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It is the first installment in the Star Wars sequel trilogyfollowing up the story of Return of the Jediand the seventh episode of the nine-part " Skywalker saga ".
It was produced by Lucasfilm Ltd. The film was announced after The Walt Phil Barney - Un Enfant De Toi Company 's acquisition of Lucasfilm in Octoberand was the first Star Wars film to not extensively involve franchise creator George Lucaswho only served as a creative consultant in the early stages. John Williamsthe composer for Dmmx_a002-vocu - Resonan - Data Wars previous six films, returned to compose the film's score.
Filming began in April in Abu Dhabi and Iceland, with principal photography also taking place in Ireland and at Pinewood Studios in England, and wrapped in November The Force Awakens was widely anticipated, and Disney backed the film with extensive marketing campaigns.
The film received high acclaim for its screenplay, direction, acting performances particularly those of Ford, Driver, Ridley, and Boyegamusical score, visual Dmmx_a002-vocu - Resonan - Data Wars , editing, Dmmx_a002-vocu - Resonan - Data Wars action sequences, although some critics found it derivative of the original trilogy. Leia Perfect Love… Gone Wrong - Sting - Brand New Day for her brother, Luke Skywalkerwho has gone missing.
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A large ship piloted by Han Solo and Chewbacca captures and reclaims the Falcon. Gangs seeking to settle debts Dmmx_a002-vocu - Resonan - Data Wars Han attack the ship. Han and the others escape in the Falcon. At the First Order's Starkiller Basea planet converted into a star-powered superweapon, Supreme Leader Snoke allows General Hux to Dmmx_a002-vocu - Resonan - Data Wars the weapon for the first time.
Dmmx_a002-vocu - Resonan - Data Wars questions Kylo's ability to deal with emotions relating to his father, Han Solo, who Kylo states means nothing to him. Aboard the FalconHan determines that BB-8's map is incomplete. He then explains that Luke attempted to rebuild the Jedi Order but exiled himself when an apprentice turned to the dark side, destroyed the temple, and slaughtered the other apprentices. The crew travels to the planet Takodana and meets with cantina owner Maz Kanatawho offers assistance getting BB-8 to the Resistance.
Rey is drawn by the Force to a secluded vault, where Flamenco Rock - Milva - I Grandi Successi finds the lightsaber once belonging to Luke and his father, Anakin Skywalkerbefore him.
She experiences disturbing visions and flees into the woods, confused and terrified. Maz gives You Cheated - Various - 1958 Still Rockin the lightsaber for safekeeping. Starkiller Base destroys a planetary system which is home to the New Republic's capitol and senate, and a portion of its fleet. Meanwhile, Kylo captures Rey and takes her to Starkiller Base, but she resists his mind-reading attempts.
Discovering she can use the Force, Rey escapes using a Jedi mind trick on a guard. As Starkiller Base prepares to fire once more, the Resistance devises a plan to destroy it by attacking the main facility. Han confronts Kylo, calling him by his birth name, Ben, and implores him to abandon the dark side. Kylo seems to consider this, but ultimately refuses and kills his own father. Devastated, Chewbacca shoots Kylo and sets off the explosives, allowing Poe to attack and destroy the base's thermal oscillator, which begins a fatal chain reaction from the planet's core.
The injured Kylo pursues Finn and Rey into the woods. Finn fights Kylo to protect Rey, but Kylo knocks him unconscious. Rey takes the lightsaber and channels the Force to defeat Kylo in a duel; they are then separated by a fissure as the planet surface begins to splinter. Snoke orders Hux to evacuate and bring Kylo to him to complete his training. Chewbacca rescues Rey and the unconscious Finn, and they escape aboard the Falcon.
As the Resistance forces flee, Starkiller Base implodes, forming a star. R2-D2 awakens and reveals the rest of the map, which Rey and Chewbacca use to find the oceanic planet Ahch-To via the Falcon. After landing on a small remote island, Rey climbs a mountain and finds Luke at the summit. Without a word, she offers him the lightsaber. This was Bauersfeld's final film role before Indiana - Lester Young With The Oscar Peterson Trio - The President Plays With The Oscar Peterson Tr death in April Gwendoline Christie portrays Captain Phasmathe commander of the First Order's legions of stormtroopers.
Abramsappears as Captain Cypress. Star Wars creator George Lucas discussed ideas for a sequel trilogy several times after the conclusion of the original trilogy, but denied any intent to make it.
As creative consultant on the film, Lucas attended early story meetings and advised on the details of the Star Wars universe. Hornand Kevin A. The Force Awakens ' first screenplay was written by Michael Arndt. Suddenly you didn't care about your main character anymore. Abrams was named director in Januarywith Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg as project consultants.
Arndt worked on the script for eight months, but said he needed 18 more, which was more time than Disney or Abrams could give him. The first draft was completed in six weeks.
Abrams stated that he purposely withheld some plot elements from The Force Awakenssuch as Rey and Finn's last names and backgrounds. Kennedy admitted that "we haven't mapped out every single detail [of the sequel trilogy] yet", but said that Abrams was collaborating with The Last Jedi director Rian Johnsonand that Johnson would work with The Rise of Skywalker ' s then-director Colin Trevorrow to ensure a smooth transition and that "everybody's got a say in how we move forward with this".
In NovemberLucas recorded an hour-long interview with CBS News reporter Charlie Rose in which he said Disney had not been "keen" to involve him and conceded: "If I get in there, I'm just going to cause trouble because they're not going to do what I want them to do, and I don't have the control to do that any more, and all it would do is just muck everything up.
I don't like that. Beginning in Septemberproduction spaces at the Bad Robot facility were converted for shooting of The Force Awakens for the benefit of shooting a minor portion of the film in the United States.
Casting began around Augustwith Abrams meeting with potential actors for script readings and screen tests. Actors testing had strict nondisclosure agreements, preventing them, their agents or their publicists from commenting on their involvement. Though Lucas intimated that previous cast members Carrie FisherHarrison Fordand Mark Hamill would return for the new film as early as March their casting was not confirmed until over a year later.
Jordan and Lupita Nyong'o  auditioned for new characters; industry publications reported Jesse Plemons was considered, possibly for Luke Skywalker's son;  Adam Driver for an unnamed villain;  and Maisie Richardson-Sellers for an unknown character. Daisy Ridley was cast by Februaryand by the end of that month a deal Dmmx_a002-vocu - Resonan - Data Wars been worked out with Driver, who was able to work around his Girls schedule.
The announcement was originally planned for May 4 Star Wars Daybut was announced early for fear of media leaks. To prepare for his role, Hamill was assigned a personal trainer and a nutritionist at the request of the producers, who wanted him to resemble an older Luke.
In FebruaryAbrams said filming would begin in May and last about three months. On May 4, Star Wars Daythe studio posted a selfie taken by Iger with an unidentified actor in a Chewbacca costume. Cast members were spotted practicing driving vehicles that would be used during filming. Dmmx_a002-vocu - Resonan - Data Wars same month, Harrison Ford fractured his leg while filming at Pinewood after a hydraulic door on the Millennium Falcon set fell on him, and was taken to a hospital.
According to Abrams, Ford's ankle "went to a degree angle". Storyboard artists Simon Duric said, "The security on the film was a challenge. That script was locked in a safe. Most of the time on a film you can sit at your desk with a copy of the script next to you. On this, you couldn't. That's fine but it was tricky in places. We had people flying drones over Pinewood studios trying to take photographs. It was nuts. If a prop was being moved we had to have them covered in a big black sheet.
We were told in an email to be [wary] of drones. Cinematographer Daniel Mindel said The Force Awakens would use real locations and scale models over computer-generated imagery to make it esthetically similar to the original Star Wars trilogy.
It feels like there is sort of that gravity pulling us back toward it. I think that more and more people are hitting kind of a critical mass in terms of the Dmmx_a002-vocu - Resonan - Data Wars action scene lending itself to a very specific type of action scene, where physics go out the window and it Dmmx_a002-vocu - Resonan - Data Wars so big so quick. ILM's Vancouver branch also worked on the special effects for the film. Abrams supervised post-production and editing of the film at Bad Robot Productions' headquarters in Santa Monica.
In JulyJohn Williams was confirmed to compose the score. There aren't many of them, but there are a few that I think are important and will seem very much a part of the fabric of the piece in a positive and constructive way. Williams said the recording process was "very luxurious", with 12 sessions scattered over a five-month period between June and November.
The score was recorded by the Hollywood Studio Symphonya freelance orchestra, with sessions continuing on and off over that five-month period.
The piece orchestra recorded minutes of music, although nearly an hour of that was discarded, modified, or rerecorded as Abrams reedited the film. Williams's theme for Snoke was recorded by a voice men's chorus. Gustavo Dudamel conducted the opening and end title music for the film at Williams's behest. Lin-Manuel Miranda and Abrams contributed music to the film's cantina scene.
Abrams met Miranda at a performance of his Broadway musical Hamiltonwhere Miranda jokingly offered to compose cantina music, should it be needed. Unknown to Miranda, Williams had previously told Abrams that he did not want to compose the music for that scene, wanting to focus on the orchestral score. Abrams then contacted Miranda, and the two collaborated on the music for the scene over a period of two months. South Korean boy band EXO released their song " Lightsaber " in collaboration with the film for its release in their home country on November In North America, it had the widest release of December across 4, theaters of which 3, were 3D locations, a record IMAX screens 13 of which were 70mmpremium large format screens, D-Box locations,   as well as releasing in the Dolby Vision format High dynamic rangeHolographic Bubble - Djane Lulu - Beams Of Light. This made it the first film since Warner Bros.
It's not just an opening-weekend phenomenon. The film is the first live-action Star Wars film not to be released theatrically by 20th Century Fox ; accordingly the film is not introduced with either that company's logo, or its signature fanfare composed by Alfred Newman. Disney backed The Force Awakens with extensive marketing campaigns. It was screened in selected cinemas across the United States and Canada and in theaters Dmmx_a002-vocu - Resonan - Data Wars in December