Lupita Nyong’o tweets in Spanish while in Mexico promoting ‘Star Wars’ movie

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11 things only Star Wars fans will know as they await The Force Awakens.

JJ Abrams is diversifying the Star Wars universe. The 23-year-old star of Star Wars: The Force Awakens was starting to question a lot of things about what life would hold now that he was part of what’s expected to be one of the biggest films of all time.Perhaps in the days before the internet – when a paper was an elegant news source for a more civilised information age – but not in 2015, a time of spoilers, non-spoilers that actually come with spoilers, teaser trailers and teasers for teaser trailers. Discussing the films that influenced the new instalment of the long-running space-opera saga, Abrams said he was keen to move beyond mining previous episodes for inspiration. “Instead of just having Star Wars movies as a reference for this, I also went back and watched some of my favourite films,” Abrams told Reuters. “Obviously Seven Samurai … some of the John Ford films, because I knew those were also influences that George had.” Added Abrams: “Malick [is] not a director you would normally think you’d … go to for a Star Wars movie and yet … I don’t know of a more profound and emotional film-maker.

For the unlovely architects of this slogan, the appearance of London-born actor John Boyega in the new film was evidence of #whitegenocide and “cultural misappropriation”. It sounds very pretentious to say ‘oh I’m inspired by this person, that person’, it’s more about … seeing things that you can aspire to … and where appropriate [to] apply lessons that you’re learning from them.” Terrence Malick is best known for films such as Badlands (1973), the Cannes prize-winner Days of Heaven (1978), Berlin film festival victor The Thin Red Line (1998) and the fragmented, phantasmagorical Palme D’Or winner The Tree of Life (2011).

Fans worldwide flicked on their lightsabers in anticipation of the day when they could experience it, after they learned that wunderkind director J.J. And if you think it’s bad now, wait until the film is actually released, when millions of voices will cry out in terror and be suddenly silenced by an unending pile of tweet spoilers. Normal folks everywhere, by way of response, sighed or face-palmed before moving on to the next tale of internet crazies: What do you mean, Mad Max: Fury Road has been taken over by the bloody wimmin? #whitemaleextinction. But in trying to grow a little bit, and in trying to tell the most powerful story possible, you learn lessons in restraint, you learn lessons in stillness, you learn lessons in confidence and trust in your characters and the audience. It’s so emotional.” The original “Star Wars” trilogy began with 1977’s “Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope” and includes “Star Wars: Episode V — The Empire Strikes Back” and Star Wars: Episode VI — The Return of the Jedi.” The movies tell a coming-of-age story.

Callow Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) trains to become a Jedi knight and joins his friends Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) to battle the evil Empire and Darth Vader (David Prowse). The franchise continued in 1999 with a prequel trilogy revealing how a superbly gifted young man, Anakin Skywalker, became Vader, half-machine and nearly 100 percent evil.

Abrams, who scored his first major TV hit with the female-centric Felicity, may have occasionally attracted flak for being too fast and furious with his exciting but unphilosophical Star Trek films or for being overly Spielbergian with Super 8. He didn’t want to burden his fellow veteran cast mates like Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill with questions about their experiences and how they handled their light speed ascendancy to otherworldly stardom. His reputation as a filmmaker who respects the science fiction genre, and his street cred as fan himself, have persuaded many fans to set aside any lingering resentment over the disappointing, Jar Jar-infested prequel trilogy, and trust him.

Just ask Gwendoline Christie, who plays Captain Phasma, a role that was originally written for a man but was gender- swapped to facilitate more equitable representation and to make room for the rather wonderful Christie. The actor, by now, is well-accustomed to androgynous military women, having spent several seasons in armour as Game of Thrones’ Brienne of Tarth and having lately stepped out as Commander Lyme in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2. “In film and television, there’s a long tradition of non-essential women,” says Christie. “Being in Game of Thrones, where you are surrounded by well-rounded, brilliant female characters, has taught me a lot.” “It’s just the biggest thing,” Christie says. “One of the reasons that I loved Captain Phasma is that not only is she the first female villain in Star Wars, but I think it’s unusual for a female character to be presented in this kind of uniform. “Whatever wonderful random series of things that cause us to look the way we look is not relevant here.

It was the start of a true friendship that’s since resulted in more hours-long chats, hang-outs, and even a chicken and waffles date. “Good lord we get deep,” Boyega said of their conversations. “For the most part it’s definitely private, but in general, his thing has always been inner peace and how to deal with this on a mental level. We’ll meet desert scavenger Rey (Daisy Ridley), former stormtrooper Finn (John Boyega) and X-wing fighter pilot Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac.) There’s hope that we’ll see Rey, Finn and Poe in future installments. That Star Wars saga marathon rewatch seemed a good idea a few weeks ago, and Episodes IV, V and VI were still a blast as always, but maybe you shouldn’t have delved back into The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. Add the loss of various senses and it really felt like you were working in another dimension.” It’s not just equal opportunities on the Dark Side.

Taking care of your mental health is something that he talks to me about.” Whether it’s Downey’s influence or not, Boyega has been weathering the attention with expert grace — even the ugly stuff. By announcing these tentpole pictures early, Disney can arrange the rest of its movie slate around them and intimidate competitors who might be planning their own space sagas. A lively creature in an androgynous striped suit, she looks as if she might have been cloned using spliced DNA samples from Keira Knightly and Natalie Portman. “I get Keira a lot,” she says. “I really don’t look that distinctive. Assigning the movies to different directors allows story development and preproduction to start up years in advance; Abrams would probably need some decompression time before prepping the next movie. He needs to recapture the franchise’s magic and purity by presenting an exciting story and new characters we care about, Thompson said. “That’s not science, that’s show business.” Craig Foreman of Kent, a member of the Ohio Star Wars Collectors Club, thinks audiences need to feel an emotional attachment to the new characters.

If this happens, you plan to stroll up to a couple in the centre middle of the theatre and persuasively tell them: ‘These are not the seats you’re looking for…’ Who one day is alone and scavenging for food and the next finds herself on a great adventure. “I don’t think it’s just girls that will look up to Rey. By 19, he had tread the boards at the National Theatre and was named by Screen International as one to watch, based on his screen debut in Attack the Block. As much as the 23-year-old loved teasing Harrison Ford and entering the “same world of action figures and Jedis and flying things” that he grew up with, he’s keenly aware that his appearance will mean a lot for other kids back in Peckham. “Obviously, representation is everything,” he says. “It’s so important for kids watching to have a point of identification.

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