It was revealed this week that the latest Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens, will have its world premiere on December 14. Gamespot reported that it would premiere first in Los Angeles before premiering in other theaters. The European premiere will take place on December 16 in France and in London on December 17. The rollout across the U.S. will take place on December 18.
The latest installment of Star Wars stars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Max Von Sydow, Oscar Isaac, and Adam Driver. Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford, stars of the original films, will also return for this latest installment. The story takes place 30 years after Star Wars: Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.
As previously reported in Inquisitr, the rumors as to what will happen in both episodes 7 and 8 abound. One of the first rumors to surface has to do with the death of Han Solo in episode 7. Another rumor surfaced suggesting that Hayden Christensen, who starred as Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader in episodes 2 and 3, will return to reprise the role of Darth Vader although no further details were available.
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The Gospel Herald reported that the premiere in Los Angeles, which is the first premiere, will be a Who’s Who in Hollywood. It is considered to be one of the most coveted premieres in Hollywood, and a once-in-a-lifetime event. What makes this a rare event is that it will be one of the first times that most, if not all, of the cast of this movie will be seen together. Since Disney is trying to keep the details of the story under wraps, there will be minimal screenings for the cast, crew, and press.
Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said that the seventh installment of the Star Wars saga follows the Return of the Jedi and is a generational saga.
“The stories follow a linear narrative that connects to the previous six films. The Force Awakens’ follows ‘Return of the Jedi’ and continues that generational story.”
Because of a stipulation in French law, the film will be released on a Wednesday, which is December 16, the reason it will appear in France prior to the U.S. release. London will follow.
One of the elements of the latest Star Wars film that has caused quite a stir is BB-8. It is the name of a new droid in the latest film.
As reported in The Week, the droid R2 D2 from the original films was a reference to the American Graffitti movies, a previous George Lucas production. The fan site Star Wars 7 News claims that the name of the new droid is a reference to the hip hop band the Beastie Boys. The number eight references the number of albums made by the band between 1986 and 2011.
Other Beastie Boys references have been sprinkled through the new film by director J. J. Abrams including a character by the name of Ello Asty, a reference to the fifth Beastie Boys album. The character also wears a helmet that says “born to ill,” a reference to the third Beastie Boys album, Licensed to Ill.
J. J. Abrams gave another explanation for the name of the new droid.
“I named him BB-8 because it was almost an onomatopoeia. It was sort of how he looked to me, with the 8, obviously, and then the two Bs.”
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