Warning: Possible spoilers ahead!
In 2012, George Lucas went his own way after stating the context of his Star Wars film was about family problems, not spaceships. Apparently, Disney had other plans for the moneymaking franchise of films and stated they would make something specifically for the fans. After Lucas’ involvement with the six previous films, stepping away was tough, but he isn’t one to hold back. Walking away from the latest Star Wars: The Force Awakens, George reportedly stated, “I gotta go to the wedding.” Now it’s unclear as to whether Lucas is referencing a pleasantly new and rekindled union between Star Wars and J.J. Abrams or a catastrophe in the making. What is clear is that since the first Star Wars film was released in 1977, times have certainly changed, whether in the home or on a spaceship, because the playing field is completely different now.
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Wedding or not, the fans will get a glimpse and arrive at their own conclusions as to whether this separation is a good thing or a bad one. Like a famished Jabba the Hutt binge-eating after a diet, fans will arrive in droves at the theaters later this month. They’ll have their Star Wars memorabilia the way they have with the other six Star Wars movies, and there’s inevitably some exuberant hype abound. And why shouldn’t there be? The film has changed and so have the fans, but the fever remains the same.
One person involved in the making of Star Wars: The Force Awakens has seen the film. The others, we can assume, are taking a deep breath to witness the results when they come out. Who was the brave soul who ventured out to witness this blockbuster? None other than Harrison Ford makes the big reveal, but this should whet your whistle, rather than dampen spirits. After all, he did misspell their names, as if releasing a bit of instigating drama and a bit to mull over.
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Then again, maybe George Lucas’ days in filming Star Wars: The Force Awakens being over is a new dawn awakening in women taking more control. One spot of the film depicts Han Solo handing the Millennium Falcon’s keys over to his successor, 23-year-old Daisy Ridley, the new ace pilot. When she first climbed into the pilot’s seat on the set, Harrison Ford said, “That’s my chair.” Even though she knew he was kidding, this play set her back a tad, but then she plopped down in his chair anyway. The men have always been the strong gender, but the playing field is leveling out. Even in Star Wars, women are having some say in more of the controlling positions. So move over George Lucas and Han Solo, it’s time for little sister to drive. Carrie Fisher’s Princess Leia would undoubtedly agree, as her personality as a decisive and driven woman has never faltered. In fact, Fisher set the pace in the first Star Wars as a saber-yielding vixen for a lot of women in the United States during the debut of Princess Leia in the original movie.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set to open December 18, starring Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, and Harrison Ford, some 38 years after the original Star Wars. The newest Star Wars release was written by J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Casdin, and directed by Abrams. The new faces of Star Wars include Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, and Adam Driver. If nothing else, George Lucas should feel proud to be the father of something the people will always hold dear to their hearts, for generations to come, females and males alike.
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