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Synopsis: Thirty years after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and his young allies face a new threat from the evil Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and the First Order.

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...

STAR WARS:

EPISODE VII:

THE FORCE AWAKENS

Luke Skywalker has vanished. In his absence,

the sinister FIRST ORDER has risen from the

ashes of the Empire and will not rest until

Skywalker, the last Jedi, has been destroyed.

With the support of the REPUBLIC, General

Leia Organa leads a brave RESISTANCE. She is

desperate to find her brother Luke and gain

his help in restoring peace and justice to

the galaxy.

Leia has sent her most daring pilot on a secret

mission to Jakku, where an old ally has

discovered a clue to Luke's whereabouts....

PAN across the star field to a bright moon. A RUMBLING is

FELT. A VAST STAR DESTROYER -- unlike any we have seen --

HURTLES PAST US, of seemingly endless length, eclipsing the

moon. After a long beat, FOUR TRANSPORT SHIPS fly from a

hangar. We HOLD ON THEM NOW, as they fly off toward a distant

planet. Jakku. MUSIC BUILDS AND WE...

CUT TO BLACK.

A GROWING ROAR of MEAN ENGINES -- gnarled RADIO CALLS, the

SHUDDERING of a ship's hull. Then FLASHES OF LIGHT: for an

instant we see a STORMTROOPER -- then BLACKNESS. Then ANOTHER

STORMTROOPER, then it's gone.

The FLICKERING CONTINUES until the LIGHTS ARE CONSTANT. We

ARE IN:

INT. TROOP TRANSPORT VEHICLE - NIGHT

TWENTY STORMTROOPERS. Holding on at attention, moving to

the ship's rhythm, in the tense moments before a raid. A

FILTERED COMMAND and they LOCK AND LOAD their heavy blaster

rifles. The BRUTAL NOISE is replaced by SUDDEN, SHOCKING

QUIET:

EXT. JAKKU VILLAGE - NIGHT

WIDE SHOT of a small, peaceful village. Distant sounds of

native animals. A single wind chime.

Suddenly a DROID RISES INTO FRAME, CLOSE: ROUND and SKITTERY,

orange and white, this is BB-8.

Focuses on something past camera. He BEEPS -- FAST, MORSE

CODE-LIKE SOUNDS, clearly worried. Moves EVEN CLOSER TO

CAMERA -- is MORE worried -- BEEPS more -- then TURNS AND

ROLLS OFF FAST --

INT. LARGE HUT - NIGHT

CLOSE ON A HAND:
a small LEATHER SACK is placed in the palm.

The hand closes. Another OLDER HAND covers it.

In a primitive HUT, an old explorer, LOR SAN TEKKA, (rugged,

kind) has handed the mysterious sack to POE DAMERON (32, in

a pilot's jacket). Poe has charisma, a natural spark:

LOR SAN TEKKA:

This will begin to make things right.

I've traveled too far, and seen too

much, to ignore the despair in the

galaxy. Without the Jedi, there can

be no balance in the Force.

POE:

Well, because of you now we have a

chance. The General's been after

this for a long time.

LOR SAN TEKKA:

"The General." To me, she's royalty.

Well, she certainly is that.

POE:

BB-8 ENTERS FRANTIC, BEEPS. Concerned, Poe turns to Lor San

Tekka.

POE (CONT'D)

We've got company.

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Lawrence Kasdan

Lawrence Edward Kasdan (born January 14, 1949) is an American screenwriter, director and producer. He is best known as co-writer of the films The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Return of the Jedi. Kasdan co-wrote the Star Wars sequel trilogy film Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and will co-write the series' Han Solo spin-off film.[ more…

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