Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which is also known as Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens, is a 2015 American epic space opera movie produced, co-written and directed by J.J. Abrams. It’s the first installment of the Star Wars sequel trilogy and the seventh main installment of the Star Wars franchise, following Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. Take a look below for 30 more fun and interesting facts about Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
1. The movie stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Max von Sydow, and was produced by Lucasfilm Limited and J.J. Abrams’ production company Bad Robot Productions.
2. Star Wars: The Force Awakens was the first Star Wars movie not to involve the franchise creator George Lucas.
3. The movie is set 30 years after Return of the Jedi, and follows Rey, Finn, and Poe Dameron’s search for Luke Skywalker and their fight alongside the Resistance, which are led by the veterans of the Rebel Alliance, against Kylo Ren and the First Order, a successor to the Galactic Empire.
4. The movie broke various box office records and became, unadjusted for inflation, the highest grossing installment in the franchise, the highest grossing movie in North America, the highest grossing movie of 2015, and the third highest grossing movie of all time, with a worldwide gross of over $2 billion and a new profit of over $780 million.
5. It received five Academy Award nominations and four British Academy Film Award nominations, where it won the award for Best Special Visual Effects.
6. When Finn and Rey ask if he is “the” Han Solo, the reply is, “I used to be,” which is a reply Ford regularly uses when fans ask if he is Harrison Ford.
7. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the first J.J. Abrams movie not to have a musical score by Michael Giacchino. Aptly enough, Giacchino stated in an interview that he would rather hear the music of John Williams in a new Star Wars movie than his own. However, Giacchino’s name still showed up in the movie credits as a Stormtrooper.
8. John Boyega was so nervous and frightened at the prospect of not getting the role that he didn’t tell his parents that he had been cast until after a cast photo was posted online by the official Star Wars Twitter page.
9. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the only time that Harrison Ford has received top billing in a Star Wars movie, making him the first non-Jedi character to be credited first.
10. While filming in summer 2014, Harrison Ford broke his ankle on the door of the Millennium Falcon. About a year later, J.J. Abrams revealed that he hurt his back while trying to help get Ford out from under the door.
11. John Boyega originally played Finn in his natural English accent. However, but he and J.J. Abrams felt that it didn’t feel right for the character. So, Boyega changed to an American accent for the role.
12. J.J. Abrams always wanted General Hux to be played by a young actor. He wanted the character to have a sense of tragedy and the fact that he appears to be too young to be in charge of a murderous group added to that. According to Abrams, the character’s name was created after he noticed an old, abandoned grave site with the name Hux engraved on the stone.
13. George Lucas, while maintaining that he was at peace relinquishing his material, admitted that he had mixed feelings before seeing the movie, likening the experience to attending an ex-wife’s wedding.
14. In summer 2013, it was revealed that Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill had begun a vigorous regimen of diet, exercise and stunt training to prepare for their roles as Leia and Luke.
15. Rey’s outfit is inspired by early drawings from Star Wars concept artist Ralph McQuarrie for Luke Skywalker, at a point when he and George Lucas were playing with the idea of making Luke a woman.
16. Daisy Ridley and John Boyega were not allowed to tell anyone about being cast until about three months later. Boyega did, however, tell a taxi driver.
17. After publicly declining to direct a new Star Wars movie, J.J. Abrams was visited at his Bad Robot office by Kathleen Kennedy. Their negotiations lasted over a month, during which time Abrams’ central concern was the vast magnitude and cultural significance of the project.
18. Harrison Ford cried after seeing Star Wars: The Force Awakens for the first time.
19. Gary Oldman auditioned for the role that went to Max von Sydow. This is the second time that he was considered for a part in a Star Wars movie, as he was approached to voice General Grievous in Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith.
20. Rey is 19 years old in the movie, and was born 11 years after the Battle of Endor.
21. The movie had a budget of $245 million, which was the highest budget of a Star Wars movie upon release.
22. Before Adam Driver was cast as the villain, Michael Fassbender and Hugo Weaving were considered for the role.
23. Simon Pegg said in an interview that, while visiting the set with his daughter, she befriended the prop of the BB-8 droid that was remote controlled by crew members.
24. The uniform worn by General Hux is modeled after the uniforms worn by Nazis mixed with some naval influences.
25. Ray continues the tradition of disparaging the Millennium Falcon when she calls it “garbage.” In the original trilogy, Luke called the Millennium Falcon a “piece of junk,” and Leia referred to it as a “bucket of bolts.”
26. Although Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the second Star Wars movie to be released in IMAX, it’s the first to have IMAX cameras in use during filming.
27. According to Star Wars: The Force Awakens – The Visual Dictionary, Captain Phasma’s chrome armor comes from a melted down Naboo spacecraft.
28. Carrie Fisher and Ellen DeGeneres gave away tickets for the premiere show, dressed up as Princess Leia at the side of the road, stopping people as they were driving.
29. Luke Skywalker was meant to have a much larger role in the movie, but his role was trimmed back out of hear that he would take attention away from the new characters.
30. Kyle Ren’s lightsaber blade is the first whose energy blade is always shaking or crackling. It indicates Kylo Ren’s violent behavior and his feelings impregnated by the Dark Side of The Force. In the Blu-ray extras, it’s also revealed that his weapon is not yet finished.