‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ inspired this list of 5 other movies with space …

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‘Star Wars’ icon Carrie Fisher on Leia: ‘She’s mine!’.

If you’re not yet overstimulated from all the Star Wars news ahead of the movie’s release on December 18, then you’ll probably enjoy the Force Awakens cast’s a cappella medley of the movie’s infamous theme. Speaking to journalists at a press conference following The Force Awakens’ European premiere, Abrams said: “From the beginning of discussions [with writer Lawrence Kasdan]. the notion of a woman at the centre of the story was always something that was compelling and exciting to me. It was like being back on campus,” says Fisher, 59, about reprising her role as Leia Organa, formerly a princess and now a general for the heroic Resistance, in director J.J.

The cast joined forces on Wednesday’s Tonight Show to perform John Williams’ iconic Star Wars music sung in the style of a cappella, with help from Fallon himself and The Roots. We knew that, in addition to Leia who was a critical piece of this puzzle, we wanted to have other women – not necessarily human, but female – characters in the story.” “We have Lupita [Nyong’o] playing Maz Kanata, who is the voice of Force wisdom in the story and Phasma leading the evil side of the stormtroopers; we wanted to have female stormtroopers, and pilots, which we did.

Those featured include Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Gwendoline Christie, Adam Driver and, of course, Chewbacca. In George Lucas’ first Star Wars film in 1977, Leia was young royalty from Alderaan and a face of the fledgling Rebel Alliance when she was captured by the Galactic Empire — by Darth Vader, no less. Luckily, she was broken out of the Death Star by Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), a farm boy who turns out to be her long-lost brother, and Han Solo (Harrison Ford), a smuggler she falls for hard over the course of three movies.

We are all very grateful.” However, as has been the case at previous promotional events, the presence of Carrie Fisher has considerably enlivened proceedings. That hit-and-miss quality was likely unavoidable given that Abrams and company needed to please different masters and satisfy diverse audiences in this story (set 30 years after “Return of the Jedi”) of a search for mysteriously missing Luke Skywalker, part of an ongoing battle between good and evil. While always interested in parts that are well-written, Fisher says she doesn’t like looking at herself on screen. “Meryl Streep says it’s because she’s done three movies a year and just watched it go downhill. I went from seeing it whenever the hell that was and now, and it wasn’t a happy surprise.” What she enjoys now about acting in Star Wars movies is working with a new group of youngsters including Daisy Ridley (who plays Rey) and John Boyega (Finn).

Right?” Ford, in emphatic tones, agreed: “Exactly right.” Fisher raised another laugh by saying Abrams “really loved making the movie, except with me”. Nobody knew it was going to be a blockbuster when filming it, whereas Ridley and Boyega expect and want Force Awakens to be huge. “And you just think, ‘Oh, man, wait till you see what’s going to blow into your world.’ ” She finds herself continually bemused by the scope of Star Wars as a phenomenon nearly 40 years after she wore a white dress and hair buns. (She compares one of her hairdos in Force Awakens to “a baboon’s [butt].”) “It’s a bit much. Ford continued with his implied criticism of Lucas’ creative skills – of which he has well-documented disdain – by saying: “I have actually relished this entire experience in a way I had not anticipated.” He continued: “A lot of the credit goes to JJ and Larry [Kasdan] – this is a rare experience in my old life.” Ford also said that he had no involvement whatsoever in the projected Star Wars spin-off featuring a young Han Solo. “I don’t know what to think about that.

I am glad someone else will have the burden of being young, it’s well beyond my understanding or control, and I of course want nothing to do with it, in the nicest possible way.” The closest the session got to any remotely controversial topic was about the film production’s presence on the remote Irish islet of Skellig Michael, which had aroused considerable protest over its protected status as a Unesco world heritage site. The evil Empire has been replaced by the even more evil First Order, the Republic continues to fight the good fight, and everyone wonders where Luke Skywalker has been hiding for all these years. Saying he “couldn’t believe they let us shoot there”, Abrams added that on the first day of their three-day shoot there were huge numbers of puffins on the islet, but that they had all disappeared the next day. “It was very strange; apparently it was the last day before they all fly away.” The plot begins with ace Resistance pilot Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) making a trip to the junkyard planet of Jakku to get a device with clues about Skywalker from local elder Lor San Tekka (Max von Sydow, of all people).

Star Wars salad, that would be good,” Fisher says, laughing. “People bring me their kids like I’m going to bless them but they’re like two months old and they’re already in a Princess Leia outfit,” she says. “I always think they swallowed the outfit and gave birth to the kid wearing the hairy earphones. On the verge of being captured by major evildoer and Darth Vader wanna-be Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), Poe secretes the device inside a cute little rolling droid named BB-8 and tells it to keep out of trouble. Helping Poe escape from the evildoers, including Domhnall Gleeson’s General Hux, is Finn (John Boyega of “Attack the Block”), a former Stormtrooper who has had enough of the First Order ordering him around. They get separated, and Finn runs into the brightest of the film’s new cast members, young British actress Daisy Ridley, who plays a Jakku scavenger named Rey. For if Isaac, perfectly cast in the Coen Brothers’ “Inside Llewyn Davis,” has too sour a persona here, and if Boyega frankly seems out of his depth, Ridley’s spunky daredevil presence is exactly what the part calls for.

On the dark side, the great Andy Serkis gives us a sense of what thinking outside the box visually looks like with First Order top dog Supreme Leader Snoke. At a certain point, Rey and Finn get hold of the legendary aircraft Millennium Falcon and team up with the ship’s original crew, Solo and the redoubtable Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew), and the action begins in earnest. His “It’s all true” speech, featured in the trailer, is a highlight, and his scene kinda offering Rey a job is the film’s intergenerational high spot.

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