The original Star Wars theme, as composed by the incomparable John Williams, is instantly recognizable; conjuring up images of galaxies far, far away filled with characters we've come to know and love. Going to see Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens for the first time, it was those opening few bars of music that really sucked us in and finally made this long-awaited movie a reality.
The Force Awakens has already overtaken Avatar to become the highest grossing movie of all time at the North America box office, and it seems to have taken most of the world by storm. Except China, that is, where the movie has not yet been released in theaters.
In fact, The Force Awakens release is imminent over there; just two days away at the time of writing this. The expected viewing figures look set to propel The Force Awakens even further up the worldwide box office charts, but China have decided to make the official Star Wars theme song a little different than usual.
In fact, they've decided on a different tune altogether, called "Inner Force." It's sung, too, by Chinese pop sensation Lu Han, who is dubbed as the Chinese Justin Bieber. Lu Han has nearly 12 million followers on Weibo and is a massive success, so this song, and its accompanying music video can only serve the space opera franchise well.
The "Inner Force" music video can be viewed above, and features a lot of footage from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, as well as Han channeling his inner Jedi. The footage doesn't contain spoilers though, so it's safe to view if you haven't seen the film! It's really worth a look, if only to take in the lyrics: "I'm the leading actor cuz I'm feeling the Force" and "Drive your breath with laser light."
Disney have made Han an "honorary member of the Jedi Order," and Chinese fans excitement is building both for "Inner Force", which is expected to go viral, and the release of The Force Awakens in China. Based on how the rest of the world has taken to director J.J. Abrams' installments in the Star Wars franchise, the country's residents should be more than pleased with the final movie results, too.
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens is now in U.S. theaters and will released in China on January 9th, 2016. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story arrives on December 16th, 2016; Star Wars: Episode VIII on May 26th, 2017; and the Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film on May 25th, 2018. Star Wars: Episode IX is expected to see theatrical release in 2019, followed by the third Star Wars Anthology film in 2020.