By Claudia Kolts
Ahh!! Did you see the latest Star Wars trailer?!!?!! I can’t wait!!! Don’t worry though, no spoilers, but here is a bit of trivia surrounding the new movie and a list of suggested movies and TV shows to get you all caught up before Episode VII: The Force Awakens releases. Yay!!!
Now as any Star Wars fanatic would know this upcoming movie has some controversy surrounding it. Probably the biggest thing is that Disney now owns the well-known franchise.
Though George Lucas actually had story ideas for the this upcoming trilogy already and gave them up to Disney when he sold. Disney decided not to use them and has thrown away the already established expanded universe. Lucky for us George Lucas actually worked on the new trilogy as a creative consultant when the new script was being written.
Each of the films to be released is planned to have different director.
Also, did you know that Lucasfilms actually created Industrial Light and Magic? Its special effects company that had many first like the first use of a motion control camera in Star Wars IV: A New Hope, helped found PIXAR and has had its hand in many other popular and groundbreaking titles like Harry Potter, Jurassic Park, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Though possibly because of the reaction to the Star Wars Pre-trilogy, for The Force Awakens they are using more practical special effects, and less CGI.
C-3PO and R2D2 are the only characters to be in all three trilogies.
Disney and Lucas films are going to make standalone “Anthology” films; the first one is to be released sometime next year. It’s called Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and there plans for a Han Solo movie to be released in 2018.
Filming has already started for Episode VII, though principal filming won’t start till next 2016.
There’s a lot of rich history and the politics can get quite confusing. So before The Force Awakens releases I suggest you catch up on Star Wars from being to end. (Oh and I wouldn’t try to do this in one or two days, unless you plan to only watch the movies, because The Clone Wars series has 6 seasons):
Episode I: The Phantom Menace
Episode II: Attack of the Clones
The Clone Wars
Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
Episode IV: A New Hope
Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
And then the newest:
Episode VII: The Force Awakens