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Feb 8, 2016

8 facts you didn't know about The Force Awakens. Number 7 will blow your mind!


Sorry not sorry for the click bait post title. Here's 8 interesting facts about the seventh Star Wars film, The Force Awakens. We assure you that number 7 is indeed pretty good....

1. Yoda was nearly in the movie

Frank Oz recorded some dialogue for the film. We speculate that it was to use in Rey's 'flashback sequence' in the same vein that Obi-Wan was snuck in. Whatever the work was, it didn't make it into the final form of the film.

2. 007 has a cameo as a mind tricked Storm Trooper

James Bond star Daniel Craig has a blink and you'll miss him cameo as a Stormtrooper. Craig was the Stormtrooper featured when Rey attempted to use the Force with a Jedi Mind trick. It's a risky scene as you just have to accept that Rey suddenly found her Force powers and was learning how to use them but if you do accept it, it's a fun moment.

3. Phasma's look was at one time considered for Kylo Ren 

Captain Phasma's final armour 'look' was at one time a conceptual design for Kylo Ren. Phasma wears a black cape with red trim, the colours of the First Order. Given that Phasma was inspired by the Boba Fett character it's no surprise she has a cape as the original idea for Fett was to have him wear a cape / poncho in the style of The Man with no Name from Clint Eastward's Spaghetti Westerns. Phasma's chrome armour is said to be taken from a space yacht built on the planet Noboo that palpTine owned. The suit is thus able to repel radiation however Phasma used the recycled chrome as a symbol of might and power.


4. No one loses a limb on screen, a first for a Star Wars film


Given the franchise's long tradition of characters losing limbs, The Force Awakens was the first Star Wars movie where no one loses an arm. In the novelisation of the film there is a scene were Ankar Plutt arrives at Maz Kanata's castle to retrieve the stolen Millennium Falcon. Chewbacca intervenes when Plutt accosts Rey and rips his arm off. It's not known if this scene was actually filmed and cut or simply dropped prior to filming. Kylo Ren does appear to cut Lor San Tekka in half but we don't see it happen.

5. Rey was left in Ankar Plutt's care on Jakku as a child

In a blink and you'll miss it moment in Rey's 'fashback' sequence check out the hand that is placed on Rey as a child. As Rey is crying, watching her parent(s)/ family leaving her behind, that hand is that of Ankar Plutt - yes, the man charging her for food and water provisions at the Station Outpost.

6. There are 6 Games of Thrones Actors in the movie

There's a 6 actors who performed roles in the Game of Thrones. Gwendoline Christie is the major player as Captain Phasma but did you spot Thomas Brodie-Sangster of The Maze Runner and Game of Thrones plays a First Order officer?

Jessica Henwick who was featured in season 6 of Game of Thrones played X-Wing pilot Jess Testor. Mark Stanley was a Knight of Ren.

Miltos Yerolemou who played Arya’s doomed fencing instructor Syrio Forel, is a bar fly in Maz Kanata’s bar and Emun Elliott had a crack as well as an X-wing pilot. This is because the casting director for the show also did the casting for The Force Awakens. Check out this full list of cameo moments in TFA.



7. Christopher Lee's niece played Doctor Kalonia!

The doctor that tends to Chewbacca's arm wound would have been well known to British Star Wars fans as she was played by Dame Harriet Walter, a renowned stage and screen actress. Her character was called Dr. Kalonia. There's a nice piece of symmetry here in that her uncle was Christoper Lee who played Count Dooku in two Star Wars films.

8. Ello Asty is a reflection of JJ Abram's love of the Beastie Boys

If you've ever watched a Star Trek movie by JJ Abrams, you may have noticed he quite likes the Beastie Boys. And that love has had a wee influence on The Force Awakens. It turns out that the name Ello Asty is likely a play on the Beastie's work Hello Nasty.

Asty also has 'Born to Ill' written in Aurebesh on his helmet, a further play on the BB's debut album, Licence to Ill. Given that, one wonders if BB-8's name is a reference to the band as well! The Born to Ill line itself is a play on "Born to Kill', a war reference, made popular by the Stanley Kubrick film, Full Metal Jacket. The line being written on a soldier's helmet - as was Asty's line...

You can catch some more Force Awakens Trivia! Or these 101 Star Wars facts.

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