When Disney bought out Lucasfilm in 2012 and gained the rights to Star Wars, pretty much no one saw it coming. One second fans of the franchise were lamenting the handling of the prequel trilogy, while the next the sheer prospect of a sequel trilogy -and the endless possibilities that go with it- were utterly tantalising.
Though the plot of Star Wars Episode 7 is unknown, filming is currently under way, with Disney viewing a December 18th 2015 release date. But after being stung by Jar Jar Binks, interplanetary politics between Naboo and the Trade Federation, Anakin Skywalker and an overuse of CGI in the prequels, some fans are remaining cautious about getting their hopes up. However, we here at Starpulse think it's going to be pretty great. Why? Here's 4 reasons why we think Star Wars Episode 7 will be awesome.
The script is co-written by Lawrence Kasdan
Arguably more important than a good director put in place is a decent script, as without a good script a film is completely lost. This became evident during J.J Abrams previous film, Star Trek: Into Darkness.
Though we feel that Abrams is a great director (you only need to watch the wonderful Super 8 to see this), his skills fell to pieces on Stark Trek: Into Darkness due to its shoddy script written by Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof. Completely missing the point on what Star Trek stands for, even Abrams skills as a director couldn't help the film.
While JJ is helping to work on the Episode 7 script himself, the exciting addition to the writing team is Lawrence Kasdan. For those of you who don't know his name, Kasdan wrote two of greatest films of all time- The Empire Strikes Back and Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Even if Kasdan hasn't really done much in recent years, choosing him to work on the script is a perfect choice, as if they're to try and replicate the feel and tone of the original trilogy. A script by Kasdan will go a long, long way to giving Episode 7 a true and authentic Star Wars feel.
They have the perfect cast in place
When A New Hope was released back in 1977, the cast chosen were relatively unknown at the time. It was the first big production of Hamill and Fisher, and while Ford did previously appear in the hugely popular American Graffiti, A New Hope paved the way for his continued success.
Much like a lot of reasons here on our list, it looks like Disney is trying to recapture the lightning-in-a-bottle effect of the original trilogy, as they haven't cast huge Hollywood names. While names like Andy Serkis, Max Von Sydow and Oscar Issac are on board, the main trio of characters are to be played by John Boyega (who was great in Attack the Block see below!), Daisy Ridley and Adam Driver, that apart from a few roles, aren't that well established.
But in going for a largely unknown and diverse cast here, Disney are seemingly going for talent over name power, which if it pays off will bode very well for Episode 7. Also on the cast are a few members of the original trilogy, most notably Ford, Hamill and Fisher. With the original classic cast seemingly handing over the Star Wars reigns to a new generation, the cast seems both logical and impressive.
Practical sets, effects and aliens
The age of CGI arguably began with the release of Jurassic Park in 1993. Since then we've seen the good, the bad and ugly of CGI. While there are many examples on how NOT to do it, one of the worst offenders was the Star Wars prequel trilogy, namely Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith.
People rag on The Phantom Menace quite a lot, but looking back it's refreshing to see how many physical sets were used. However, in the latter two entries into the prequel trilogy, almost everything is CGI, even down to simple elements such as shadows and corridors.
But Episode 7 isn't doing that, as it's going back to its roots and going for mostly practical effects. Though this has been stated by Abrams himself, you only need to look at the leaked set pictures to see real costumes, locations, aliens and vehicles, all without a single green screen in view. In a world in which CGI is far to prevalent, Episode 7 looks like it'll be getting back to the rough and tumble look of the original trilogy.
John Williams returns!
Personally the most exciting reason why I think Episode 7 will be awesome, is that long time Star Wars composer John Williams is returning. Williams' music has always been a defining aspect of the series, which without it wouldn't have had been as special.
His music was the best aspect of the prequel trilogy, so regardless if Episode 7 sucks or not, at least the music on offer will be something epic, right? Then again, even the prequels slightly raised in quality due to his magnificent themes, so his addition to the already incredible roster of reasons why Episode 7 will be awesome is just further evidence of it.
The question is however, though all the pieces are in place for a near perfect Star Wars sequel... will Abrams and Disney deliver? We think so.