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.
The musical composer
John Williams, the composer for the first six Star Wars movies and other legendary films such as Jaws and Indiana Jones, will be back again to compose the score and music for Star Wars VII.
A throwback to original Star Wars designs
BB-8, the spherical droid rolling along in the trailer, was based on unused designs from the original Star Wars films for R2-D2.
Luke's new look
Mark Hamill, the actor portraying Luke Skywalker, will have a beard in the film – though it’s unsure what role Luke will have in it.
The new director
Though George Lucas directed four of the previous Star Wars films, he will not be directing The Force Awakens. He announced the appointment of J.J. Abrams (famous “Star Trek” and and “Lost” director) as the director for Episode VII.
A reluctant director
Though he later accepted, J.J. Abrams declined the Episode VII director position when it was first offered to him, preferring to be in the audience.