7 reasons we can’t wait for Star Wars: Episode VII

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It feels weird to suggest that George Lucas, the guy to whom we should be eternally grateful for bringing us Star Wars in the first place, doesn’t

It feels weird to suggest that George Lucas, the guy to whom we should be eternally grateful for bringing us Star Wars in the first place, doesn’t "get" his creation. Looking at Star Wars Episodes I-III, however, it would be difficult to argue that he’s totally in sync with what people love about the original trilogy. With all its mentions of trade embargoes and tax deductibles, the pre-credits crawl for Episode I reads more like Lucas filing his 1040 form than the setup for an exciting movie. Things only got worse from there.

That’s not to suggest there weren’t Star Wars moments in the prequels, but they were few and far between. Episode VII director J.J. Abrams, on the other hand, was 11 when the first Star Wars came out: the perfect age to be well and truly hooked. That fanboyishness comes across in everything we’ve seen of the movie so far.

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Lupita Nyong’o and Game of Thrones’ Gwendoline Christie sign for new Star Wars

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JJ Abrams eagerly-anticipated Star Wars Episode VII has announced two new intriguing casting decisions: adding actresses Lupita Nyong’o and Gwendoline Christie to the fold.

Nyong’o is best known to movie fans as an Academy Award winner for her role in the recent 12 Years a Slave, while Christie plays Game of Thrones badass Brienne of Tarth. Although Nyong’o had been previously rumored for a role in the movie, Christie’s casting is a surprise.

Get your first glimpse at new Star Wars alien in charity PSA

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In this quick video (below) announcing the new Star Wars: Force for Change program, JJ Abrams provides the first look at a Star Wars alien who walks from behind left and off stage right while the famous director talks about the initiative.

Abrams should need no introduction here, but in case you missed it: he’s directing the next Star Wars Movie. As a huge Star Wars fan himself, he’s honored to be a part of the new set of films, saying it feels a bit surreal to be there on the set in Abu Dabi.

You can enter to win a trip for two to London to actually be in the new movie, airfare and hotel included, with a donation to the program, which benefits UNICEF, one of the world’s most visible charities.