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A New Star Wars Movie, Opening In December, Has Students Buzzing About Possibilities

by Michael Pue

For Star Wars being one of the biggest franchises out there, it only makes sense to advertise the all-new seventh movie coming out this December (imdb.com). There are old favorites as well as unfamiliar faces in the new film.

New to the film is John Boyega, playing the stormtrooper Finn. We see in the trailers, Daisy Ridley playing Rey- a scavenger who (according to Daisy herself at the Star Wars Celebration) lives on another desert planet called Jakku. (cinemablend.com)

There is also actor Adam Driver playing our new antagonist. Kylo Ren wielding the first lightsaber with a laser crossguard that we’ve never seen, and Oscar Isaac playing Poe Dameron who is “the best fricken pilot in the galaxy.”

There are also new members who we don’t know the role of yet (cinemablend.com). These actors and actresses are Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Lupita Nyong’o, Crystal Clarke, Pip Anderson, Christina Chong, Gwendoline Christie, Greg Grunberg, and Max von Sydow. There are rumors that Christie is playing a female shocktrooper and Von Sydow is playing an old cyborg who is close to Rey, but nothing is for sure yet.

It wouldn’t be a Star Wars film without all of our old favorite characters, now would it? Mark Hamill is returning to play the role of Luke Skywalker, Carrie Fisher is playing Princess Leia Organa, Harrison Ford  is playing Han Solo, Peter Mayhew is playing Chewbacca, Kenny Baker is playing R2-D2, Anthony Daniels is playing C-3PO, and finally John Williams is writing  the music for the film (cinemablend.com).

Here’s a little bit of backstory as to how the movie came to be. In 2005 when Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith came to the big screen, everyone thought the series was over. Then, in October 2012, Disney bought Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion (cinemablend.com). Afterwards, Disney announced that they would begin production of a whole new Star Wars trilogy. The name of the film was supposed to represent the fact that the franchise has been revived, but fans weren’t too thrilled with the name.

As for the plot of the film itself… we don’t actually know a whole lot. We do know that it is set 30 years after the Battle of Endor and that Luke’s hand and a lightsaber are discovered. That is one thing we know for sure, but don’t believe everything you hear in regards to this film.

I asked Sophomore Zeeshan Shaikh how many more Star Wars movies he would like Shaikh said, “I want two more movies after this one. One would be a cliffhanger, and the next one would end the series.”

When I asked Sophomore Donald Linn if he was going to see the film, he said, “Yes, and I’m very excited for it.”

“I think it will be a 6/10,” said Nikki Kehl when I asked how good she expects the movie to be.