We are only two weeks out now from the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, after what seemed like an eternity. Indeed, it's been a long time coming for the latest installment in the Star Wars saga. It's been over three years since Disney bought Lucasfilm from George Lucas, thereby ensuring that the franchise would continue, through both the main saga and a collection of spinoff movies.
In the time since, director J.J. Abrams, executive producer Kathleen Kennedy, and the rest of the gang have been hard at work making the seventh Star Wars movie. This film has a lot riding on it, considering Disney's $4 billion purchase of Lucasfilm and the future plans that are already in place. Thus far, though, the reception of audiences to the various promotional materials has been overwhelmingly good, but the real test will be how they respond to the film itself.
Today at Comic-Con Brazil, Disney and Lucasfilm unveiled a new behind-the-scenes featurette for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The video, which can be seen above, includes comments on the significance of continuing the Star Wars franchise from some of the main cast, like Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Mark Hamill, and Oscar Isaac, along with executive producer Kathleen Kennedy.
One of the biggest selling points of The Force Awakens has undoubtedly been fans' nostalgia for the original trilogy. That seems to be the case for the cast as well, because, as Kathleen Kennedy put it: "Every single person who has come to the project has been a huge Star Wars fan."
As we see in the video, John Boyega -- who plays Finn in the film -- reaffirms that as he walks up to the Millennium Falcon for the first time and says, "I'm literally shaking. Like, this is insane." No doubt, many huge fans of Star Wars would have a similar reaction if they too got the chance to see the famous ship in person.
But those who already are Star Wars fans make up only a portion of Disney's target audience. For it to be as successful as they are hoping, The Force Awakens needs to connect with the younger generation as well. Knowing this, Kennedy made sure to have a "cross-generational group of people, who are bringing all of those sensibilities to the making of this movie." Through that, perhaps Disney will be able to reach nearly all demographics, as they are aiming to when Star Wars: The Force Awakens releases in theaters.
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens hits theaters on December 18th, 2015, followed by Rogue One: A Star Wars Story 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 reach theaters in 2019, followed by the third Star Wars Anthology film in 2020.