‘Star Wars': A Spoiler-Free Guide to What’s Important Before Watching ‘Force …

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‘Star Wars’ fans are a Force all their own in Baltimore.

Yes, it’s only wardrobe, but that small clothing choice is emblematic of the new direction in which the “Star Wars” franchise seems to be heading — a franchise that now has a woman as its hero. “Young girls can look at her and know that they can wear trousers if they want to,” Ridley told Elle in November. “That they don’t have to show off their bodies.” For six previous movies, “Star Wars” has been all about the boys.In this Dec. 14, 2015 file photo, fans cheer in the stands at world premiere of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles. And even Leia was often used as either a thing to be saved, a bickering romantic foil to Han Solo (Harrison Ford) or as eye candy in Jabba’s palace, wearing that infamous bikini. Abrams, a director who’s already breathed welcome new life into what had been a stalling “Star Trek” franchise, star warriors the world over have been awaiting this latest chapter (the seventh, for those counting) in the continuing saga of the Force and all those affected by it.

Disney said that ticket sales for “The Force Awakens” in Sweden (about $1.7 million) and Norway ($1.1 million) broke single-day records; the opening-day result for France and several other countries marked a new high for a Disney-released film. He then hooks up with the heroine Rey — who is played by 23-year-old Daisy Ridley — and ends up in the orbit of Han Solo, with Ford reprising his most famous role. In the film, out Friday, she plays Rey, an orphaned desert scavenger who can repair ships, scale walls and take down enemies with her stick weapon — often while a male character stands helplessly by.

Despite the prerelease hype, it won’t save the world, not even Hollywood, but it seamlessly balances cozy favorites—Harrison Ford, ladies and gentlemen—and new kinetic wows along with some of the niceties that went missing as the series grew into a phenomenon, most crucially a scale and a sensibility that is rooted in the human.” Justin Chang, Variety: “Reinvigorating the franchise with a welcome surge of energy, warmth and excitement after the misbegotten cycle of prequels released between 1999 and 2005, incoming writer-director J.J. As for Boyega, his character sheds his impersonal Stormtrooper designation, FN-2187, and becomes known as Finn while getting involved with the Resistance in the early scenes. Abrams seems to have had the original three films firmly in mind when he embarked on this monumental new undertaking, structured as a series of clever if sometimes wobbly callbacks to a trilogy that captivated a global audience and helped cement Hollywood’s blockbuster paradigm. Ridley has said that she had a “weird feeling” about the role. “I had four or five auditions over seven months, and it was a very emotional time,” she told the Hollywood Reporter in November. “My first few auditions really didn’t feel good, but my last audition suddenly felt like something clicked.” Director J.J. Still, the reassuring familiarity of Abrams’ approach has its limitations: Marvelous as it is to catch up with Han Solo, Leia and the rest of the gang, fan service takes priority here over a somewhat thin, derivative story that, despite the presence of two appealing new stars, doesn’t exactly fire the imagination anew.” Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter: “The Force is back.

Tom Atkinson, curator of the Star Toys Museum in Linthicum (which he runs out of his house, tours by appointment), plans to show up in his Jedi robes (the same ones he wore for an MPT piece about his awesome collection of “Star Wars” toys that aired a few years back). Abrams has said he was intentionally looking for fresh faces that “the audience could discover as these characters, not as actors they’d seen elsewhere.” She first discovered acting while attending the posh private Tring Park School for the Performing Arts, located about an hour outside London (Jessica Brown Findlay of “Downton Abbey” is an alumna). For them, life doesn’t get any better than when they’re transporting themselves to the “Star Wars” universe. “You’ve been waiting your entire life, for most people, to find out what happens,” says Kellie Hendley, a preschool teacher in her mid-30s who notes that, chronologically, the last to feature this narrative was “Return of the Jedi,” which came out in 1983. But playing Finn is an extraordinary opportunity. “I’m looking to be rich, like Harrison!” Boyega says with a laugh, enjoying the joke and trying to tease Ford, who is sitting nearby. “I’m trying to have planes and do all that stuff …” One journalist asks Boyega if he is ready for “the sainthood” that comes with Star Wars success. Among the most dedicated local “Star Wars” fans is Baltimore City Councilman Bill Henry, who had a ticket to see “The Force Awakens” Thursday night at the Senator Theatre — “the earliest they’re allowed to show it, by law,” he jokes.

Boyega, who made his movie debut in the excellent British sci-fi comedy Attack the Block (2011), attacks the question with a giddy combination of humility and impish humour aimed. “I don’t know if I’m ready for this whole thing,” Boyega admits. “I just know that I’m just in it — and it’s going to come out, regardless. For him, the movies’ appeal is easy to pin down. “You have good guys and you have bad guys, it’s just that simple,” he says. “For me, that’s one of the things I had originally like about ‘Star Wars.’ There are good guys and there are bad guys. Selfridge” and played a murder victim on the crime drama “Silent Witness.” “On the first day of filming, we hung her upside down in a prison cell,” Lee Jones tells The Post of the sci-fi short film “Blue Season” that he directed in 2013 starring Ridley. “Another time, we were filming outside in the freezing cold, and she was just wearing a thin T-shirt, but she just battled on and kept going.” For starters, the “reedy” actress was asked to build muscle, in order to believably play someone who could hoist scrap metal and beat up Stormtroopers. Or you can see it as the ultimate retreat into formula: ‘Let’s just make the same damn movie they loved so much the first time!’ There are moments when it feels like both of those things, profound and cynical, deeply satisfying and oddly empty.

I thought I was gonna have a panic attack on the first day,” Ridley told UK Glamour earlier this month. “J.J. probably doesn’t remember telling me that my performance was wooden. Wright is the base commander for Maryland and D.C., so you know where his heart lies this weekend. “We do a lot of cool stuff together,” Wright says of his fellow Legion members. “We hang out together, both after events and during events. Carrie Fisher gave her one piece of useful advice: “I said it’s hard to date once you’re a big ‘Star Wars’ star, because you don’t want to give people the ability to say, ‘I had sex with Princess Leia,’ ” Fisher said in Interview magazine. One impressive thing is how Boyega refuses to turn his casting into a race issue, with his black African heritage. “I don’t really care about the black Stormtrooper stuff. In another modern switch on the familiar Hollywood script, Ridley may not choose to stick with acting, where she’ll no doubt be left competing to play the bland girlfriend roles typically offered to young women.

Last year, I was in the wedding party of one of my members.” (And no, he wasn’t in costume, “although I did have a small light saber in one of my pockets.”) “Star Wars” is far from the oldest movie franchise. And it has an undertone and a message of courage, of friendship and loyalty.” That said, Boyega has been teased about his race, and his casting, by none other than Samuel L.

But no film series has been more successful than “Star Wars” — all told, the six movies (and their reissues/special editions) have brought in over $2.2 billion at the U.S. box office, according to Box Office Mojo, while the total franchise value (including merchandising, licensing and other sources of revenue) has been estimated at $37 billion.

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