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The Star Wars movies became stagnant after the release of Return of the Jedi and the prequel trilogy, since the overreaching plot was intended to end with Luke Skywalker saving his father from the Dark Side, which was accomplished towards the end of Episode VI. However, with George Lucas selling the rights to the franchise to Disney in 2012, a new opportunity for progress was created. With it, a new trilogy of mainline films and at least two expository movies where made as the years passed. The first of these, The Force Awakens, became the seventh film in the main continuity of the Star Wars franchise.
Post more trivia on The Force Awakens below.
- This film is the last film to feature Kenny Baker manipulating R2-D2 before his passing in 2016.
- While the film is set in a different continuity than the previous Expanded Universe materials (since rebranded as Legends), a few elements are similar. Such as Han and Leia having a son who turned to the Dark Side of the Force: in the books it was Jacen, in the movies it is Ben... aka Kylo Ren..
- This film is also Peter Mayhew's last performance as Chewbacca, before retiring and passing the role to his successor Joonas Suotamo (who would play the role in The Last Jedi, The Rise of Skywalker, and the spinoff Solo: A Star Wars Story).