• Greg Baker

May the 4th

May the 4th (reprinted from the Metro Spirit 4-30-15)

Unless you’ve been living under a rock on one of the Outer Rim systems, you’ve heard by now that the next installment of Star Wars will premier later this year.  For those who have spent the last couple of years on Geonosis, the new movie is called Episode VII – The Force Awakens and will take place after the events in Return of the Jedi.  In celebration of Star Wars day this Monday, I’ve prepared the following list of non-spoiler trivia to help you embrace your inner Wookie.  (See imbd.com and MANY other Internet sites for more.)

  1. Star Wars fans are anxiously waiting for the movie.  After being released last week on YouTube, the second teaser trailer reached more than 20 million views in less than 24 hours.

  2. With an official release date of December 18, 2015 (in the United States), this is the first Star Wars movie to be released in December.  Every other Star Wars movie has been released in May.

  3. The Force Awakens is released two days earlier in Europe with Italy being the first country to show the movie.

  4. The Force Awakens takes place 31 years after Return of the Jedi, 56 years after Revenge of the Sith, and 69 years after The Phantom Menace.

  5.  This is the second Star Wars film to be released in IMAX, but it’s the first to use IMAX cameras during filming.

  6.  This is the first Star Wars file to be released in IMAX 3D.  However, the movie is not  to be filmed in native 3D.  It will be converted to stereoscopic 3D during post-production.

  7. J.J. Abrams becomes the first director to direct a Star Trek film and a Star Wars film.

  8. The original script focused on the re-establishment of the New Republic after the fall of the Empire.  While the main characters of the original saga, Luke, Leia and Han Solo, appeared in the script, their children would be the main characters of the new story.  This version of the story was rejected, and a new story written.

  9.  In a 1983 interview, Mark Hamill stated that George Lucas considered bringing back Luke Skywalker in a yet-to-be-determined Episode VII that would not occur until 2011.

  10. While filming during the summer of 2014, Harrison Ford broke his ankle on the door of the Millennium Falcon.

  11. Walt Disney purchased Lucasfilm in 2012, and this will be the first Star Wars film to be distributed by Walt Disney Pictures.  The price paid for Lucasfilm: $4 billion.  The revenue expected from The Force Awakens: Over $2 billion.  (Not including merchandising.)

  12.  With the release of The Force Awakens, Princess Leia becomes the oldest Disney princess.  Who does she beat out?   The previous oldest princess was Elsa from Frozen.  (I know that disappoints the hardcore Frozen fans, but let it go already.)

Until next time…

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