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  • Approval of God: George Lucas was opposed to anyone else making Star Wars movies after he did, out of fear of creating a Franchise Zombie, and he was personally divided on whether or not he wanted to make another trilogy. When Disney acquired Lucasfilm, they got Lucas' story treatments for Episodes VII, VIII, and IX, but the writing teams working on the new films chose not to use them (although later interviews seemed to imply they were still used in some capacity, as Kasdan mentioned that Rey was a character created by Lucas. How much of his initial treatments were used is still unknown). However, when he attended the film's red carpet premiere, he said he liked the film, and even received a standing ovation from the audience despite his lack of participation in the film.
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  • Ascended Fanon: Long before the debut of the film, the name Captain Phasma existed way before Disney registered the trademark for the name, in the fan fiction Tarkin's Fist published in 2009, Phasma was a 10 year old daughter of an Imperial Admiral. Her name was eventually adapted by Lucasfilm for the commander of the First Order Stormtroopers and was geared with a chrome Stormtrooper armor originally designed for Kylo Ren.
  • Author Existence Failure: The Force Awakens marked Erik Bauersfield's final performance as the voice of Admiral Ackbar before his death in 2016.
  • Billing Displacement:
    • Mark Hamill receives second billing despite only being in one short scene with no dialog at the very end of the film (and a flashback where his face isn't seen).
    • The first actor billed after the original three stars is the villain (Adam Driver), instead of the protagonist that follows (Daisy Ridley).
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  • B-Team Sequel: The first full-fledged Star Wars film not to directly involve George Lucas, instead created by J. J. Abrams. A rare case of the B-Team Sequel being more anticipated because of a changing of the guard from the original creator.
  • Career Resurrection: While Mark Hamill has had a successful career as a voice actor, he hasn't played many live-action roles for a long time. Since his involvement with The Force Awakens was announced, he's appeared in more live-action works such as Kingsman: The Secret Service and The Flash (2014).
  • Cash Cow Franchise: Disney bought Lucasfilm for $4 billion because Star Wars is one of the biggest (if not the Trope Maker, the Trope Codifier). And it paid off: The Force Awakens made over $500 million in its opening weekend, and got to $1 billion in 12 days (the fastest film to hit that mark). One month later, it managed to overtake Avatar as the highest-grossing movie ever in North America, and the total there is now a staggering $930 million. Worldwide, The Force Awakens stands as the third highest of all time, as well as the biggest moneymaker not directed by James Cameron (both meaning it managed to, like Avatar and Titanic, surpass $2 billion worldwide, and, like only Avatar, do it on its initial release). Of course, that's not even getting into The Merch, or the inevitable Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at the Disney Theme Parks.
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  • Celebrity Voice Actor: In the Japanese dub, Rey is voiced by the theater actress Chiaki Nagatomi.
  • Channel Hop: The first film in the main series to be released by Disney, after (now Disney-owned) 20th Century Fox released the prior six movies.
  • Colbert Bump: As soon as it was announced that Pip Andersen was joining the cast, his YouTube videos got a surge of views, with several of them even being featured on the front page.
  • Creator Backlash:
    • Mark Hamill wasn't too happy about the fact that Han and Luke never got a reunion.
    • Lucasfilm Story Group member Pablo Hidalgo has expressed a lack of fondness for a third Death Star weapon and feels that Han's appearance took the spotlight away from the new characters.
  • The Danza: Jessica Henwick plays a Resistance pilot named Jessika Pava.
  • Darkhorse Casting:
    • The approach with the new actors was to grab complete unknowns. When the initial announcement was made, everyone asked "Who the hell is Daisy Ridley?", and she's the female lead!
    • The later announced Crystal Clarke, Pip Anderson, and Christina Chong are perhaps even more unknown. Though Halo fans might recognize Chong as Talitha Macer of the Sedran Colonial Guard from Halo: Nightfall.
    • Almost everyone else either have starred in well-liked indie films (John Boyega and Oscar Isaac) or played Ensemble Darkhorses in more mainstream works (Lupita Nyong'o and Gwendoline Christie). note 
    • Before The Force Awakens, Adam Driver played bit roles in films like Lincoln and Inside Llewyn Davis (alongside Oscar Isaac), indie-type films like Hungry Hearts and as the Ensemble Dark Horse of the HBO series, Girls.
  • Defictionalisation:
    • There now exists a near life-sized, commercially available toy of BB-8 that is scarily accurate to how the real deal moves, complete with magnetized head—it can even be programmed to just follow you around. However, it doesn't turn easily or move well on slippery surfaces, it has a very short battery life, and it obviously doesn't have a built-in lighter or clamps.
    • Some fans have taken it a step further and made BB-8 replicas that are even more accurate to the physical movie prop than the commercially available toy.
  • Deleted Scene: Word of God states that there was at least 20 minutes worth of footage cut from the final release, including scenes such as:
    • Snowtroopers and Kylo Ren boarding the Millennium Falcon.
    • Finn and Rey piloting a Snowspeeder.
    • One of Leia's aides, Korr Sella, travelling to Hosnian Prime to request aid from the New Republic.
    • Maz Kanata using the Force to collapse a ceiling on some Stormtroopers. With this removed, her Force powers in the actual movie are much more vague. This was seemingly cut fairly late into the editing process, as a LEGO set released after the film depicts Maz doing something similar.
  • Doing It for the Art: The reason the movie was not filmed digitally, as well as the reason that less CGI was used, is to emulate the feeling of the Original Trilogy. The movie was converted to digital format in post-production.
  • Dyeing for Your Art:
    • Carrie Fisher was made to lose 35 pounds for the role which is no small feat, especially for a woman of 57 with a history of health issues, and apparently, she shed more weight while filming. She spoke about this on talk shows, joking that '[Studios] always do [ask me to lose weight]. They want to hire part of me, not all of me. They want to hire about three-fourths, so I have to get rid of the fourth somehow. The fourth can't be with me!'
    • Mark Hamill grew a beard to get into the role of a Jedi Master, and like Carrie, Mark lost almost 50 pounds.
    • Harrison Ford grew his hair out for the role.
  • Executive Veto: The reason that this isn't a direct adaptation of an Expanded Universe work is because George Lucas wanted to tell a new story. Interestingly, the people behind the controversial Legends decision (which George Lucas wasn't directly involved with) did say that elements from the old Expanded Universe could make their way into future films.
  • Fake American: English actor John Boyega has an American accent as Finn, since Abrams thought his South London accent sounded out of place.
  • Fake Brit: Irish Domhnall Gleeson as Hux trades in his natural Irish accent for a sinister British one.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • Some fans have joked that the title should be Star Wars Episode VII: The Search for More Money after Spaceballs.
    • Because J. J. Abrams is involved with both franchises, some call this "NuWars" to parallel "NuTrek".
    • Some fans have suggested that, if Episode VII turned out to be as bad as The Phantom Menace, J. J. Abrams would be forever nicknamed "Jar Jar Abrams". This has been noticed by Mark Hamill. Those who disliked the film still call him this.
    • The alien from the Force for Change video (Bobbajo) was dubbed "Bob the Turkle" by fans.
    • Before it was officially named "happabore" the pig-like alien seen in leaked set photos was called "Hogsquaddle".
    • Before BB-8's name was officially released, he was often called "FIFA Droid" or some variation thereof to allude to its resemblance to a soccer ball with a droid head on top. Some have even given it actual designations, such a G7-B1 (Germany 7 - Brazil 1) after certain well-known games.
    • Prior to the reveal that Daisy Ridley's character was named Rey, "Kira" was discovered to be an on-set code name Daisy Ridley's character, and was subsequently adopted by the fandom whenever the character came into discussion.
    • Kylo Ren:
      • "The Grave-robber" due to a scene in leaked concept art, which shows the character holding Darth Vader's burned helmet after retrieving it from Endor.
      • Some even called the character "Revan".
      • In light of his Memetic Loser status, some fans call him "Darth Pissbaby" "Darth Poser", "Dork Vader", "Darth Angst", "Darth Tantrum" or "Crylo Ren". Sometimes on Tumblr he is also called "Kyle Ron" or "Kylie Renner".
    • The name of the Knights of Ren have led to jokes about them being "the Knights of Ren Hoek" or "the Knights of Stimpy".
    • Hux gets General Weasley due to Domhnall Gleeson portraying Bill Weasley in Harry Potter.
    • Captain Phasma:
    • Greg Grunberg's character has been given the nickname "Son of Porkins", given that both are overweight Rebel pilots.
    • Before he was revealed as FN-2199 from Before the Awakening, the Memetic Badass Stormtrooper that shouts "Traitor!" and fights Finn is jokingly referred to under the designation of "TR-8R". Another nickname for him is "Loyal Stormtrooper" or simply "Loyal Trooper".
    • Daniel Craig's Stormtrooper character has been dubbed JB-007 by fans. It's reached the point where some sites actually reported that as his official designation, but Word of God says otherwise. It's eventually confirmed that his name is FN-1824 as in LEGO Star Wars.
    • A lot of people took more than a little notice of C3PO's red left arm in the movie and have started to calling him Punished C3PO because of it.
    • The Internet has taken to calling Poe "Bro Dameron" thanks to his rather enthusiastic affection for his BB-8 droid and his budding bromance with Finn.
    • Many people have dubbed Supreme Leader Snoke "Darth Gollum" because of their similar appearance and being played by Andy Serkis. Others compare him to Voldemort
    • Tumblr has given the Power Trio nicknames that are usually used together.
      • Rey is "Rey of Sunshine".
      • Finn is "Finnamon Roll".
      • Poe is "Poe Hot Damneron".
    • Even bit-character, Lieutenant Mitaka gets a nickname, "Teeny Tiny Taka" and "Blueberry".
    • Some of the more negative fans of the previous films have taken to calling the movie "The Farce Awakens".
  • I Knew It!:
    • Fans were speculating that Adam Driver was going to be playing Kylo Ren long before it was officially announced. In the same line of thinking, people figured out that Gwendoline Christie was going to play a character named Captain Phasma based on Disney copyrighting the name.
    • Many fans speculated that Kylo Ren was a title akin to "Darth Vader", something that was later confirmed in and an Entertainment Weekly article.
    • Quite a few people correctly guessed that Darth Vader was Kylo Ren's grandfather.
    • Many predicted that Han would be the Sacrificial Lion for the film. They were right.
    • Everyone called that the hooded figure with the artificial hand who lovingly pats R2-D2 in the trailers was Luke.
    • The Stormtrooper with the riot-control baton who calls out Finn, is actually one of his former squad mates, FN-2199. Fans had been speculating that the two were connected somehow than more than just some random mook recognizing Finn. Their history is told in the Force Awakens prequel novel Before the Awakening, written by Greg Rucka. The trooper has been given the nickname TR-8R, based on his line in the film, which was delivered by long-time Skywalker Sound editor David Acord.
  • Jossed:
    • There was a wild theory involving Karen Gillan's hair. She shaved it off for Guardians of the Galaxy and said in an interview she gave her hair "to the Star Wars people" to be made into a wig. This was taken out of context and news sites were saying her wig would be in Episode VII, and since she's a redhead a lot of fans thought this meant we were getting Mara Jade. Karen later clarified that no, her hair's not in the movie, it was just briefly in a warehouse with a bunch of monster props. It's since back in her possession and she's even used it for Selfie. Nonetheless, people still found the fact that she was so specific about the hairpiece suspicious.
    • At Star Wars Celebration 2015 in Anaheim, J.J. Abrams confirmed that the new desert planet is not Tatooine as most assumed, but a new planet called Jakku.
    • It had been rumored for awhile that Billie Lourd, Carrie Fisher's daughter, would be playing a young Leia in a flashback. This was jossed when Lourd said in May 2015 that the character she's playing is not Leia.
    • In April 2016, J. J. Abrams denied that Rey's parents were featured characters in the film, thus not Han, Leia or Luke. No sooner than did the news break, Abrams clarified that Rey merely didn't know who they were, and that they could very well already be "part of her universe," apparently putting all the candidates back on the table.
    • When Phasma's design was revealed, it was believed that Benedict Cumberbatch was playing the part, having worked with the director on Star Trek Into Darkness. In the film, Phasma is female and played by Gwendoline Christie.
  • Killed by Request: Harrison Ford eventually got his wish to kill off Han Solo. He wanted to happen in the original trilogy, but producers and writers didn't agree.
  • Meme Acknowledgement:
    • In a Apr 5, 2016 charity "Force for Change" video, Mark Hamill spends the first half staring stoically into the camera, not saying a word, in reference to the many jokes that sprung up about his silent role in this film.
    Hamill: Oh, I'm sorry. I'm used to just staring intensely.
    Hamill: That came with a hand. Did you bring that too, Natalie?
  • Missing Trailer Scene:
    • The scene of Kylo Ren activating his lightsaber in the snowy forest outside of Starkiller Base was featured prominently in the marketing, but was cut from the finished movie.
    • During Luke's voice-over monologue in the second trailer, Maz Kanata can be seen giving Anakin's lightsaber to Leia. This ended up on the cutting room floor after all of Maz's scenes at the Resistance base were excised from the film.
    • There are several voice-over lines from the trailers not used in the actual film, such as Kylo Ren saying "Nothing will stand in our way. I will show them the Dark Side," and Maz saying "Hope is not lost today. It is found." Another prominent one was an exchange from the third trailer where Maz asks Rey who she is, only for Rey to respond "I'm no one."
    • The distinctive "chattering" of the Imperial probe droid from The Empire Strikes Back can be clearly heard in the first teaser, just as Finn is seen looking off into the distance. Curiously, probe droids are not present at all in the final film.
  • Not Screened for Critics: The first screenings of the film occur mere days before its official release. J.J. Abrams has explained this is for the purposes of preventing spoilers about the plot from reaching the internet as opposed to Disney's concerns for quality.
  • The Other Darrin: Francis Lax, the French voice actor who dubbed Harrison Ford in the Original Trilogy (as well as in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom) passed away in 2013. For The Force Awakens, he was replaced by Richard Darbois, who voiced Ford in most of his other his films. Other replacements for the French dub includes Béatrice Delfe as the voice of Carrie Fisher as Leia (replacing Évelyn Séléna), and Jean-Claude Donda as the voice of Anthony Daniels as C-3PO (replacing Roger Carel, who retired a few years before this movie was made).note 
  • The Other Marty: During the lightsaber Force vision, Obi-Wan can be heard saying "These are your first steps." Originally this line was recorded by James Arnold Taylor, who voices the character in spin-off media, but it was later redubbed by Ewan McGregor, who played Obi-Wan in the prequel movies. Kenobi also calls out to Rey by name in the vision, which was a deft edit of Alec Guinness saying the word "afraid", taken from his dialog in the classic trilogy.
  • Playing Against Type: Domhnall Gleeson usually plays Nice Guys and wimps, but here, he plays the fanatical, slimy and thoroughly villainous General Hux.
  • Production Posse:
    • Bad Robot has J. J. Abrams's back, Greg Grunberg and Ken Leung are again in the cast, and Simon Pegg is also tagging along.
    • A good amount of Star Wars animation veterans play minor roles in this movie, including Dave Filoni, Dee Bradley Baker, Robin Atkin Downes, Matt Lanter, Catherine Taber, Ashley Eckstein, and Vanessa Marshall.
  • Promoted Fanboy:
    • Everyone involved, especially J. J. Abrams.
    • Simon Pegg is known for his outspoken hatred of the Prequel Trilogy (though he would guest star in the far better received The Clone Wars), and got to play a minor character here.
    • Two British members of the R2-D2 Builders Club were hired to build and maintain the R2-D2 used in the film, on Kathleen Kennedy's recommendation after she saw a demonstration of the club's work. The club's R2-KT droid, which memorializes a young fan, will also appear in the film.
  • Reality Subtext:
    • According to Word of God, General Hux was born during the last days of the Galactic Empire. His actor was born on May 12, 1983. Return of the Jedi was released on May 25 of the same year.
    • Poe Dameron's being born in Yavin is due to the fact that his actor, Oscar Isaac, was born in Guatemala, where the Rebel Base's Yavin scenes were filmed, although his age isn't nearly as good a match as the case with Gleeson (having been born in 1979)note .
    • Harrison Ford actually has a son named Ben, just like his character. (Thankfully, though, Ben Ford has not turned to The Dark Side, and hopefully won't murder his father.)
  • Real-Life Relative: Carrie Fisher only accepted to return if daughter Billie Lourd (a.k.a. Chanel #3) got a part. And as a Casting Gag, Lourd wears Leia's famous bun haircut.
  • Recycled Script: In addition to recycling concepts and plots from both A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, large portions of the story are remarkably similar to George Lucas's original story treatments for those films.
    • The opening scene depicts a platoon of stormtroopers along with The Heavy who are trying to recover a secret piece of information being held by La Résistance, which is then given to a droid for safekeeping.
    • The droid wanders an endless desert searching for its master to return the secret info to the Resistance base, but instead meets with The Hero who decides to aid its journey.
    • Luke was going to be a girl in one of the earlier versions of A New Hope. The concept of "Luke as a girl" is revisited in the character of Rey.
    • Rey is also a transplant of the original version of the "another" Yoda spoke of in The Empire Strikes Back who was Luke's twin sister (but not Leia) who was being trained in secret on the other side of the universe, and was going to be the hero of the proposed Sequel Trilogy as it existed in 1980.
    • Han Solo is yet again being pursued by criminal groups to whom he owes a lot of money.
    • The party visits an Expy of the Mos Eisley cantina, where they meet an Expy of Yoda.
    • The original proposed ending for Return of the Jedi had Han killed in battle, Luke disappearing to search for his twin sister and train a new generation of Jedi and Leia giving up her title of Princess to lead a new Republic. In The Force Awakens: Leia has given up her title of princess to help lead a new Republic, Luke disappears after his Jedi students are betrayed and murdered, and Han is killed in battle.
    • The Knights of Ren are closer to the original version of the Sith, who were a rival faction of force users who supplanted the Jedi as the Empire's main peacekeepers.
    • Lucas originally planned for Luke to disembark from his X-wing to manually drop the bomb to destroy the Death Star, at which point he and Vader would engage in a lightsaber duel. Kylo Ren, Finn, and Rey fight a lightsaber duel during the Resistance's fighter attack on Starkiller Base.
    • Kylo Ren himself is much closer to the prototype Vader, a high-ranking but still subservient general who does not need his trademark mask and is a member group of rival Force users to the Jedi who ended up betraying and murdering their former comrades
    • Han was originally a big-talking cabin boy on a crew of pirates and ended up stealing a ship from them with Luke's assistance. Han now has a fallen reputation as a big-talking two-bit conman, who skips out on a crew of pirates with Finn and Rey's assistance.
    • The Heavy communicates with his master via a hologram that makes his master appear to be of gigantic proportions.
    • The Resistance is threatened by a planet-destroying superweapon which has a weak point in the form of a renamed Thermal Exhaust Port, and they have nothing but fighters to throw at it.
    • The Resistance has a small fighter hangar base and war room that look quite a lot like the Yavin IV base they used to stage an assault on the Death Star.
    • Han Solo leads a small unit onto the surface of the superweapon planet to sabotage a shield generator for the coming attack.
    • Han Solo, in his role as this film's The Mentor, sacrifices his life to The Heavy (although unintentionally).
    • The Hero of the story experiences an epiphany and opens up to the Force in order to secure victory against The Heavy.
    • In The Phantom Menace Lucas wanted to have Anakin bring Queen Amidala's ship out of hyperspace directly above the planet of Naboo's surface as a way of bypassing the blockade and showing off his massive Force potential. Here Han does it on Starkiller base to bypass the shield and show what a crazy bastard he is.
    • Like in Return of the Jedi, Han Solo has to turn off the superweapon's shield generator to enable an attack.
  • Refitted for Sequel:
    • BB-8's design dates all the way back to 1977, but he was too impractical to make back in the day and they went with R2-D2.
    • Harrison Ford wanted Han Solo to be killed off in Return of the Jedi, but was overruled by George Lucas. He got his wish here.
  • Saved from Development Hell: George Lucas first planned nine Star Wars films. Then the original trilogy was so hard on him he settled for six, closing his saga with Revenge of the Sith over 20 years later. Rumors of a Sequel Trilogy still persisted, yet they only materialized once Disney bought Lucasfilm from him and did an Episode VII a whole decade after Episode III.
  • Sequel Gap: It's been 32 years since the Series Fauxnale (which is the last canonical story up to that point in time), and 10 since the last Star Wars Prequel.note 
  • Shoot the Money: Inverted with the first teaser trailer, which shows off several impressive shots meant to make the film's props look rough and weary. Played straight with the shot of the Millennium Falcon at the end.
  • Star-Making Role: Will likely be this for the new cast — particularly Daisy Ridley, who has appeared only in a few short films and a handful of supporting roles on British television series before this film. Indeed, she was signed onto the United Talent Agency partway through the filming process. A movie she worked on previously, The Inbetweeners 2, cut her out because reshoots for that were happening while she was busy on Star Wars. John Boyega is also apparently highly sought-after, with Robert Downey Jr. coaching the young actor on how to deal with the the fame that the role will grant him.
  • Teasing Creator:
    • After a set leak in June of 2014, showing off the Millennium Falcon along with other things, J. J. Abrams responded by tweeting that the leaks were unfounded and denied that the Millennium Falcon was present in the film... In the form of a note left on top of the ship's iconic Dejarik board.
    • A short while after the Sequel Trilogy was announced, Zack Snyder stated that he had interest in developing a spin-off movie that took place in this era. He had met with Kathleen Kennedy, and the movie he proposed was rumored to have been inspired by Seven Samurai and would feature all-new Jedi. While there's still no word on if that film is going to be made (though only two of the three/four spin-off movies actually have directors attached to them), Zack Snyder and J. J. Abrams have tweeted Star Wars/DC Comics crossover images at each other, leaving fans curious as to whether they're just fooling around or if this movie will actually be made once Snyder is finished with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and both parts of Justice League.
    • A fairly-plausible rumor detailing the film's opening act gained popularity online... Except for one part where it was mentioned that Luke Skywalker's disembodied cybernetic hand would be a MacGuffin to kick off the plot, which was largely ridiculed and dismissed. For the update that announced the winner of the Force for Change initiative, a metallic hand was shown to be holding the note revealing the winner's name, and given the background of the location, the picture seemed to have been taken on Skellig Michael Island, where Mark Hamill had last been seen filming. Whether it's just a poke at the rumor or if it's a simple preview of what's to come is anyone's guess.
    • Abrams and Ford, as well as other members of the Original Trilogy's main cast were present on different talk shows, comedy and otherwise, after the movie was announced. Unsurprisingly, they remained quiet when asked about what was happening with the show.
      • Harrison Ford was the worst. When Conan O'Brien offered him a thousand dollars to spill something about the new movie, he replied "A long time ago, in a place far, far away... I forget the rest." When he was on Jimmy Kimmel, he would take questions but wouldn't answer any Star Wars-related ones. Cue being asked questions by a Jedi cosplayer, a stormtrooper, a fat man in a Princess Leia metal bikini outfit, and a wookie (which caused Harrison to start a joke-argument with him, leading to his exit from the show for the episode).note 
      • J.J. didn't fare too much better. He took questions and answered vaguely in response, and then took some suggestions from the audience. Cue the same Jedi cosplayer saying there should be a lightsaber battle, and that Leia and Chewie should do it. The same fat man from earlier suggested there should be some starfighter battles. And that Leia and Chewie should do it because it's what the fans want to see. Billy Dee Williams then stood up and suggested nothing but two hours of Lando and beautiful ladies making love across the galaxy. Finally, none other than William Shatner stood up and suggested Kirk exploring the Star Wars universe on the road trip of a lifetime. And that Leia and Chewie should do it.
    • Before release, the summary provided by Disney is "It's an original story."
    • Any time filming took place, they used one of the working titles on the signs to "hide" the fact that it was being filmed there. Except that they used the Star Wars font to write the names in, leaving no doubt as to which movie it actually was. Though this isn't just teasing — when Episode V was being filmed, the locals milked them for all the money they could. So afterwards, they had to keep the fact they were filming a Star Wars movie secret.
    • J. J. Abrams has confirmed that Luke being almost completely MIA from the advertising campaign is "no accident".
  • Those Two Actors:
    • Adam Driver and Oscar Isaac were previously in Inside Llewyn Davis together.
    • Isaac and Domhnall Gleeson previously starred in Ex Machina together.
  • Throw It In!:
    • Parts of Poe's backstory, namely him hailing from Yavin, were suggested by Oscar Isaac and then incorporated into the official canon.
    • The line where [Obi-Wan Kenobi (with the voice of Alec Guinness) speaks in a vision was added after an editor discovered his inflection of the word "afraid" could be edited to sound just like the word "Rey."
  • Uncredited Role: Daniel Craig has a brief uncredited cameo as the Stormtrooper who is subjected to a Jedi Mind Trick by Rey.
  • Unisex Series, Gendered Merchandise: The social media hashtag #WheresRey formed when she was neglected from the merchandise, whereas the new male characters were made into action figures.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Jennifer Lawrence, Shailene Woodley, and Elizabeth Olsen were considered for the role of Rey before Daisy Ridley was cast. Olsen declined to audition because she already had a contract with Marvel Studios as Wanda Maximoff in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
    • Jesse Plemons, Ed Speleers, Matthew James Thomas, and Ray Fisher were the final contenders for the role of Finn before the casting of John Boyega.
    • James McAvoy, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Joel Edgerton were considered for the part of Poe Dameron before Oscar Isaac was cast. Edgerton previously portrayed a young Owen Lars in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith.
    • Michael Fassbender and Hugo Weaving were considered for the part of Kylo Ren before the casting of Adam Driver.
      • Eddie Redmayne auditioned for the role of Kylo Ren as well. However, Redmayne believed he blew it by doing a bunch of weird voices akin to his part in Jupiter Ascending when he learned the role was a villain.
    • Jon Stewart was offered a cameo as a Stormtrooper, but turned it down because he didn't want to play a villain.
    • Matthew Vaughn and Brad Bird were reportedly approached to direct the movie before J. J. Abrams was hired. Vaughn turned down the offer due to Creative Differences over the level of violence in the film and the casting of the female lead, while Bird declined in order to helm Tomorrowland.
    • Captain Phasma was originally going to be a man, and J.J. Abrams was allegedly looking at Benedict Cumberbatch (whom he had worked with on Star Trek Into Darkness) for the role. However, after the film drew some complaints about the lack of women in the cast, the decision was made to make Phasma into a woman.
    • Lucas's original plan was to get Episode VII released with him having a more active role in its creation, and then sell the company so somebody else could finish the new Trilogy. This didn't happen due to Disney coming by at the right time to make the deal, preventing any legal trouble.
    • The movie was originally slated for a May release date, like all of the Star Wars movies that preceded it, but it was pushed back to December 2015. Ultimately, this proved to be a wiser decision, considering that Avengers: Age of Ultron was slated to be Disney's tentpole film for the summer of 2015, and that releasing both movies around the same time would have limited the amount of profit either would have received.
    • The original script that Michael Ardnt worked on originally put the new cast up front while the old cast was Demoted to Extra. J. J. Abrams overrode that decision and decided to expand on the roles of the older cast, so that the original team could have (at least) one last adventure — all while still giving time to introduce the new cast, with the extent to expand upon their roles in Episode VIII and Episode IX.
    • Denis Lawson was written in to reappear as Wedge Antilles in the film, but he turned the offer down because he didn't want to do a cameo, preferring to continue his television career instead. Reportedly Wedge's role was originally the one Max von Sydow's character ultimately received, meaning Wedge would have ultimately gone through Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome had it happened.
    • According to a Vanity Fair cover story, Lucas' original ideas for the Sequel Trilogy had teenage/young adult main characters. Disney ultimately went with actors who were in their twenties and thirties instead.
      "[Abrams] said Lucas’s treatment had centered on very young characters — teenagers, Lucasfilm told me — which might have struck Disney executives as veering too close for comfort to The Phantom Menace and its 9-year-old Anakin Skywalker and 13-year-old Queen Amidala. "We've made some departures" from Lucas's ideas, Kennedy conceded, but only in "exactly the way you would in any development process."
    • The skeleton of Jar Jar Binks was considered to be included somewhere as an Easter Egg, but J. J. Abrams ultimately decided against it.
    • Luke Skywalker was meant to have a much larger role in the film (instead he only appears in the final scene and doesn't speak, and the search for him becomes the major focus of the movie), but his role was trimmed back out of fear that he would be a one-man Spotlight-Stealing Squad and take attention away from the new Power Trio.
    • Poe's fake-out "death" after being rescued by Finn was originally supposed to be genuine, which actually made Oscar Isaac hesitant to take the role (as he'd played a character who suffered a similar fate in The Bourne Legacy). Abrams later decided to spare Poe after coming up with a way to temporarily write him out of the plot without having to kill him off.
    • Maz Kanata was originally supposed to accompany the heroes back to the Resistance base, which is why there is a Missing Trailer Scene showing her giving Anakin's lightsaber to Leia. Lupita Nyong'o filmed her scenes at the base, but they were cut after being deemed unnecessary.
    • Very early on (back when Luke was still a major character), there were plans to have Hayden Christensen cameo as the Force ghost of Anakin Skywalker. Anakin's appearance would have shifted back and forth between his human form and that of Darth Vader, playing into the themes of duality and everyone having both a light and dark side.
    • Supreme Leader Snoke was originally going to be a female character.
    • Kylo Ren originally would have been a dark Jedi called the Jedi Killer, who was more akin to Darth Vader and would power up by directly absorbing the energy of a star. At one point Kylo Ren was even going to be a straight up Vader impersonator, wearing a exact copy of his suit in order to mess with Luke.
    • Instead of the desert world of Jakku, Rey would have lived on an ocean planet where part of the Second Death Star crashed and is now partially submerged. Part of the plot would have involved her diving into the depths of the underwater wreckage to find a map of the locations of the remaining Jedi, and we would have even seen the Millennium Falcon doing underwater.
    • At one point, space pirates would have seized the Millennium Falcon and forced Rey to literally walk the plank.
    • Starkiller Base would have been located on Dantooine, with the First Order converting the old Rebel base there. Starkiller would have also been called the "Doom Star", and its cannon would have fired out of a volcano.
    • Finn's backstory would have been rather different. Originally, what would have convinced Finn to leave the First Order would be witnessing a number of Resistance fighters being executed and thrown out of airlock. After escaping with Poe and crash landing, he would be healed by tribe a locals and be "reborn" into a hero.
    • In their original incarnations, Finn would have been white and Poe would have been black.
    • The Resistance was originally going to have a massive warship called the "Warhammer", which would use its heavily armored prow to breach planetary shields and then deploy smaller ships to exploit the hole.
    • Finn was originally called Sam, and Rey was Kira.
    • The original run time (actual run time, not the assembly cut) of the movie was two hours and 40 minutes long before being cut down to two hours and 16 minutes, with some of the cut scenes remaining in the film until only a month before release. It remains to be seen how many of these deleted scenes will show up on the DVD or Blu-ray release of the film. One of these scenes, a snowspeeder chase on Starkiller Base, wound up being adapted into an episode of Star Wars: Forces of Destiny
    • Finn and Rey were originally supposed to have Belligerent Sexual Tension rather than hitting it off as quickly as they did in the film.
    • Rey was originally going to be accompanied to Ahch-To by BB-8 instead of R2-D2, but the droids were swapped at the request of Rian Johnson, so that R2 could use Leia's transmission to Obi-Wan to help convince Luke to train Rey in The Last Jedi.
    • A rather noticeable case was with the character of Constable Zuvio, an enforcer on Niima Outpost. Not only was he fully designed and characterized (apparently, he was to have a significant role in getting Rey off Jakku), but he received a few toys and a page in the film's official visual dictionary, generating interest in the character. All of this was for naught, however, as he was completely demoted shortly after his promotional material was released. In the film proper, he only survives as a background extra visible for a few blurry frames in the background as Rey is running through the market.
  • Word of Saint Paul: At the London Film & Comic Con in 2014, Ian McDiarmid publicly denied that Palpatine would be in the movie (not even as a hologram or in a potential flashback), outright stating that the character was Killed Off for Real in Return of the Jedi. However, he did say that he thought a story involving Palpatine appearing in an earlier time period would be awesome, and would willingly reprise his role if he were asked.
  • Working Title: A handful.
    • Episode 7, or more bluntly Star Wars 7. It isn't written in Roman numerals for the sake of being a working title. Sometimes, this is stylized as S7ar Wars.
    • AVCO, paying homage to one of the 32 theaters where the original Star Wars was first shown in.
    • According to Pablo Hidalgo, there was a long period of time when the team involved with making the movie were dead-set on calling it Shadow of the Empire. This was changed in part because it was one letter off from an EU novel and they wanted to avoid confusion.
    • Foodles. We don't get it eithernote .

  • Enabling the Audio Description track for the blind will have a voice describe everything that is happening on-screen. The voice in question is that of LittleKuriboh, as demonstrated here.

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