The next “Star Wars” film finally has its subtitle. “Episode VII” will be called “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Lucasfilm and Walt Disney Studios made the announcement following the completion of principal photography on the film.
Directed by J.J. Abrams, “Episode VII: The Force Awakens” is bringing back much of the cast from the original trilogy, as well as a number of new actors. Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia Organa), Harrison Ford (Han Solo) and Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) are all returning for a new trilogy, nearly 40 years older than when they filmed their career-making hits.
Each film in the new sequel saga will be interspersed with a solo adventure with one of the characters from George Lucas’ films. Recent reports have said Ewan McGregor could return as Obi-Wan Kenobi for an entire trilogy, while earlier rumors pegged Yoda, Boba Fett and Han Solo as potential lead characters.
“Star Wars: Episode VII” or “The Force Awakens” is scheduled for release on Dec. 18, 2015. Kenny Baker, Anthony Daniels and Peter Mayhew are all set to return, joining a large new ensemble including John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Lupita Nyong'o and Gwendoline Christie.
A number of Twitter users reacted to the announcement. Many were less than enthusiastic about the new title and cynically pondered the next series.
Star Wars Episode VIII: The Force Hits The Snooze Button
â€” LittleKuriboh (@yugiohtas) November 6, 2014
Isn't The Force Awakens slang for that wet dream scene in 'Attack of the Clones'? http://t.co/0XJ9G4pCmn
â€” Garth Franklin (@darkhorizons) November 6, 2014
Star Wars 8 will be called "The Force Gets A Lil Drowsy"
— Davember Smithvember (@redletterdave) November 6, 2014