21 rea­sons we can’t wait for JJ’s se­quel

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1 By the time you read this, prin­ci­pal pho­tog­ra­phy should have fin­ished.

2 The leg­endary John Wil­liams is back to score a Star Wars movie for the sev­enth time.

3 The Mil­len­nium Fal­con is def­i­nitely blast­ing off again. It’s been spot­ted.

4 X- Wing fight­ers have been given a makeover – and they still look cool ( see bot­tom right).

5 There’s still the po­ten­tial to be sur­prised: we still know very lit­tle about the plot, beyond the fact that it’s set about 30 years after Re­turn Of Jedi, and “will star a trio of new young leads along with some very fa­mil­iar faces”.

6 It doesn’t hurt that those fa­mil­iar faces be­long to orig­i­nal tril­ogy stars Mark Hamill, Har­ri­son Ford and Car­rie Fisher. Luke, Han and Leia are back!

7 Not even a mal­func­tion­ing, leg- break­ing door on set could stop Han Solo.

8 Luke Sky­walker will have an Obi- Wan Kenobi-style beard! The Force is still strong with him.

9 There’s room for non- hu­man Star Wars leg­ends C- 3PO, R2- D2 and Chew­bacca.

10 The fact that the new cast is pre­dom­i­nantly made up of com­par­a­tive un­knowns ( Daisy Ri­d­ley, Domh­nall Glee­son and John Boyega for starters) sug­gests they’ve been cast be­cause they’re right for the parts, rather than their star power.

11 Per­for­mance cap­ture king Andy Serkis is in it.

12 After the CG fest of the pre­quel tril­ogy, JJ Abrams seems to be tak­ing ev­ery op­por­tu­nity to go back to real lo­ca­tions and live ac­tion – the an­i­ma­tron­ics look ace.

13 Star Os­car Isaac has hinted there were “hun­dreds of Stormtroop­ers on set” – farewell CG Clones!

14 Al­leged images of redesigned Stormtroop­ers ( in­clud­ing sil­ver hel­mets) look amaz­ing – fin­gers crossed they’re real!

15 A lot of the plot ru­mours are pretty cool too – lightsabers float­ing in space?

16 The mas­sive suc­cess of Guardians Of The Galaxy will force JJ and co to raise their game – Star Wars isn’t the only kid on the space opera block any­more.

17 Almost ev­ery decision Lu­cas­film has made since its Dis­ney­fi­ca­tion has been bang on the money, not least the decision to hand direc­tors Gareth Ed­wards, Josh Trank and Rian John­son the keys to the two stand­alone movies and Episode VIII, re­spec­tively.

18 George Lu­cas has al­ways been good at story, not so hot at di­a­logue. The fact that his Episode VII story treat­ment has been worked up by Toy Story 3’ s Michael Arndt, The Em­pire Strikes Back’s Lawrence Kas­dan and JJ him­self bodes well.

19 New Star Wars books and comics will fit movie chronol­ogy, cre­at­ing one con­tin­u­ous epic saga.

20 We’ve got Star Wars Rebels on the telly to make the wait a lit­tle bit eas­ier.

21 It’s Star Wars!

Clasped hands are es­sen­tial when mak­ing a new Star Wars film, ap­par­ently.


18 De­cem ber JJ DI­REC­TOR Abrams


Mark Hamill, Har­ri­son Ford, Car­rie Fisher, Domh­nall Glee­son,

Daisy Ri­d­ley, John Boyega

THE PITCH Not quite as long ago, in a

galaxy far, far away….

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