Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens

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Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens
Directed by J.J. Abrams
Produced by Kathleen Kennedy
J.J. Abrams
Bryan Burk
Written by Lawrence Kasdan
J.J. Abrams
Michael Arndt
Starring Harrison Ford
Carrie Fisher
Mark Hamill
Adam Driver
Daisy Ridley
John Boyega
Oscar Isaac
Lupita Nyong'o
Gwendoline Christie
Domhnall Gleeson
Andy Serkis
Peter Mayhew
Max von Sydow
Music by John Williams
Cinematography Dan Mindel
Editing by Mary Jo Markey
Maryann Brandon
Production company Lucasfilm Ltd.
Distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Release date(s) December 14, 2015 (Los Angeles Premiere)
December 18, 2015 (North America)
Running time 136 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $200 million
Gross revenue $2,059,731,334 (as of 3/22/16)
Preceded by Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
Followed by Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
IMDb profile

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens or Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the seventh entry in the Star Wars film series. It is the first film of the Disney Trilogy, which also includes The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker. It is the first Star Wars film to be produced by Disney, and the first since Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi to be directed by someone other than George Lucas. J. J. Abrams directed the film, and Lawrence Kasdan, who was also a writer for The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, co-wrote the screenplay for Episode VII with Abrams. The film was released on December 18, 2015, making it the first film in the main series and the second film overall (with the first being 2008's The Clone Wars), to not be released in May.


30 years after the Battle of Endor, Luke Skywalker vanishes. Meanwhile, an organization known as the First Order forms from the remnants of the Empire. To counter, the Republic forms the Resistance, lead by General Leia Organa. On the planet Jakku, Resistance pilot Poe Dameron's droid, BB-8, carries a map that leads to the location of Luke Skywalker. However, troops from the First Order, lead by Kylo Ren, arrive and capture Poe, but not before BB-8 escapes. Eventually, BB-8 meets Rey, a scavenger. A stormtrooper named Finn helps Poe escape the First Order, and the two take off in a TIE Fighter, and crash land on Jakku. Poe is presumed dead while Finn meets Rey and BB-8. Finn, Rey, & BB-8 escape Jakku in the Millennium Falcon, and eventually meet Han Solo and Chewbacca. It is revealed that Kylo Ren is actually the son of Han and Leia, his real name being Ben Solo. Eventually, they make their way to the Resistance, where Han and Leia reunite. However, it's revealed that Starkiller Base, belonging to the First Order, is actually a weapon many times more powerful that either Death Star. Rey is captured by Kylo Ren while Han, Chewbacca, and Finn go to Starkiller Base to rescue her as well as assist in a mission to destroy the base. Han makes an attempt to get Kylo Ren to renounce the Dark Side. However, Han Solo is killed by Kylo Ren. Using Anakin Skywalker's lightsaber, which had been in possession of one of Han's contacts. Finn tries to fight Kylo Ren. Initially, he does well, as Ren had been shot by a bowcaster earlier. During the fight, Kylo Ren repeatedly hits his wound to draw on the pain in order to keep him centered to the dark side. However, Kylo Ren defeats Finn. Rey takes over, and holds him at bay. They are saved by Chewbacca. It's revealed that R2-D2 had another portion of the map to find Luke. Rey and Chewbacca go to an unknown planet where Luke is waiting for Rey.


  • Harrison Ford as Han Solo
  • Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker
  • Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa
  • Anthony Daniels as C-3PO
  • Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca (Finnish basketball player Joonas Suotamo played Chewbacca in several scenes, as Peter Mayhew suffered from knee problems.)
  • John Boyega as Finn
  • Daisy Ridley as Rey
  • Oscar Issac as Poe Dameron
  • Adam Driver as Kylo Ren/Ben Solo
  • Andy Serkis as Supreme Leader Snoke
  • Domhnall Gleeson as General Hux
  • Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma
  • Lupita Nyong'o as Maz Kanata
  • Max von Sydow as Lor San Tekka


  • Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi (voice only)
  • Tim Rose as Admiral Ackbar
  • Mike Quinn as Nien Nunb
  • Simon Pegg as Unkar Plutt
  • Daniel Craig as Stormtrooper
  • Thomas Brodie-Sangster as Thanisson
  • Jessica Henwick as Jessika "Jess Testor" Pava


The Force Awakens has received near-universal acclaim from critics and fans alike. It has a 92% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Adam Driver's portrayal of Kylo Ren has garnered great reaction, with many fans saying that it's how Anakin Skywalker should have been in the Prequel Trilogy. It is the highest-grossing film in North America, surpassing James Cameron's 2009 film, Avatar. As of February 9, 2016, its worldwide gross is over $2 billion. However, it has been criticized for reusing the plot for A New Hope.

Home Release

The film was released for Digital Download on April 1, 2016 and Blu-Ray on April 5, 2016. On January 5, 2016, Starz announced they had secured the rights to air the film on their networks after the film leaves theaters.[1]


  • According to George Lucas, his plans for Episode VII before it got changed by Disney involved Luke Skywalker becoming a microbiologist and researching midichlorians, thus continuing the midichlorian plotline established in the Prequel trilogy.[2]