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Star Wars Hype

Star Wars Episode VII started filming May 13, 2014
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It has been official for a while now. The legend of the Force will continue with new legacy and new history that the loyal fans can only guess at. It’s a long time coming and the rumors have only just begun to leak into the media.

The casting has been released; old favorites like Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill, joined with a new cast including Andy Serkis and Domhnall Gleeson. Besides the old, familiar characters, new characters and their plot lines are still being kept under lock and key.

What is known is that filming for the new trilogy has already begun. On May 15, the movie began its long journey of production by starting the shoot in Abu Dhabi.

There is something different though this time around. And it’s actually a major difference. George Lucas, the father of Star Wars, is no longer directly involved. True, he is still a consultant for the major plot lines, but since Disney bought Lucasfilms in 2012, he no longer has any control over the decisions in the world he created.

Some (actually a lot) of the original Star Wars fans are nervous about this new endeavor. Even with the knowledge that the new director, J.J. Abrams, will treat the montage with the respect it deserves, there is still a fear that the story will not carry the same spirit that it had. Many of the fans did not life the prequel to the original series, so the new sequel series might just run the story into the ground.

And they could be right in their fears. Lucasfilm is now Disney’s property, and with recent Disney projects, it’s not completely unreasonable to realize that the Star Wars franchise could become another one of those overdone storylines. Just look at Frozen or the T.V. series Once Upon a Time. Disney is no longer afraid to squeeze every penny from a project; sacrificing good, original storytelling for popularity. Already, there are rumors that spin-offs will be made for some of the beloved characters, a young Han Solo and Boba Fett to name a few.

So what is to quell the fears of the overly loyal devotees of the Force? Well, nothing really. Nothing except time and the movie release itself. I, myself, am nervous to see this new trilogy. There are too many things that could go wrong in a fan’s eye.

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