Spoilers below! Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens is one of the most anticipated sequels in movie history. After the previous series ended over ten years ago, few thought there would be a follow-up to the six-part Star Wars dynasty. Even Director George Lucas said there wouldn’t be. (Unless you’re a diehard Star Wars fan who remembers an early-70’s interview with Mark Hamill where he mentioned Lucas mulling around the idea and potentially asking him to reprise his role.) The latest film will bring back iconic characters such as Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, and Princess Leia, while adding a rockstar new cast that includes a possible female protagonist and Storm Trooper-turned-Jedi. Disney World already has some Star Wars-themed attractions at its parks but plans to expand the offerings with aspects from the new movie (and will likely change some based on the last two in this new trilogy, scheduled to come out sooner than you might think). If it’s been a while, there’s just enough time to re-watch the six original Star Wars movies to get caught up for the newest film’s release – or there are plenty of marathon watch parties the day before Episode VII opens in theaters. So pull out the VHS tapes and have a party, and check out these 25 Things To Keep In Mind Before You Watch Star Wars The Force Awakens.
Announcing the new film
In 2012, Disney bought Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion and revived the Star Wars franchise, announcing the new movie (and trilogy) shortly afterwards. Star Wars: Episode VII will be known as The Force Awakens.
The time period
Episode VII will be set 30 years after the end of Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. Since Episode VI was released in 1983, this next film factors in the age of actors such as Han Solo, Princess Leia, and Luke Skywalker.
Whereas previous films pitted the Galactic Empire against the Rebel Alliance, both groups were in shambles after the Battle of Endor. They’ve both reorganized as the First Order and Resistance, respectively.
Return of the droids
Only four characters have featured in all six previous movies and R2-D2 is one of them. The little droid will be back in action again, though it’s not sure what his role will be. Kenny Baker, the human actor boxed up in R2 for all six Star Wars films, will be hopping back in as pilot of the little droid. C3PO is also coming back, though even less is known about his role.
Harrison Ford's injury
Harrison Ford, playing Han Solo, was injured in June when a hydraulic door on the Millennium Falcon crashed on his ankle. The injury sent him to the hospital and postponed filming for two weeks. (The director was also injured while trying to pry the door off.)