‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Gets Official Title: ‘The Force Awakens’

By November 6, 2014
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According to StarWars.com, J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII finally has an official title: The Force Awakens.

Back in May, Ain’t It Cool News reported that the working title of the film was The Ancient Fear (we wrote about that here), and I’m glad that didn’t turn out to be the actual title.

The Force Awakens seems to fit very well with the overall thematic elements we’ve been hearing from early reports about the script, and the leaked plot details that have been streaming out for the past few months. The title represents the idea of Luke Skywalker being one of (if not THE) last remaining Jedi, with the two young main characters (played by Daisy Ridley and John Boyega) having to track him down. But since The Force can also be used by the Sith and other evil beings, the title carries a bit of ominousness to it, also: what kind of evil has been lurking in the shadows since the end of Return of the Jedi, waiting patiently to strike? We’ll have to wait until December 18th, 2015 to find out, but in the meantime, I’d love to hear your thoughts on the new title. (I’m just glad it didn’t have “Rises” or “Dawn” in it, and we all knew it had to be better than The Phantom Menace.)

Also worth noting: Episode VII is gone from the official title. Hmm…

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