Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Synopsis: 30 years after the defeat of Darth Vader and the Empire, Rey, a scavenger from the planet Jakku, finds a BB-8 droid that knows the whereabouts of the long lost Luke Skywalker. Rey, as well as a rogue stormtrooper and two smugglers, are thrown into the middle of a battle between the Resistance and the daunting legions of the First Order.
Director(s): J.J. Abrams
Production: Walt Disney Pictures
  Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 57 wins & 123 nominations.
 
IMDB:
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Metacritic:
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Rotten Tomatoes:
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PG-13
Year:
2015
136 min
$936,658,640
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STAR WARS:
THE FORCE AWAKENS

Written by

Lawrence Kasdan, J.J. Abrams & Michael Arndt

Based on characters created by George Lucas

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.

EXT. LARGE HUT - NIGHT

The men exit fast. Poe moves TO CAMERA, raises QUADNOCULARS.

POE'S POV:
LIGHTS on the horizon -- approaching ENEMY SHIPS.

POE lowers the quadnocs -- PUSH IN ON HIS UNNERVED EYES. A

GROWING, FRIGHTENING THUNDER.

POE:

You have to hide.

LOR SAN TEKKA:

You have to leave. Go!

Poe turns to him. Conflicted. Finally nods, hurries off.

BB-8 follows.

EXT. JAKKU VILLAGE - NIGHT

TRACK FAST with Poe as he and BB-8 hurry through the village,

various ARMED VILLAGERS taking position, prepared to defend.

EXT. JAKKU VILLAGE - NIGHT

A ROAR of WIND and DUST: the TRANSPORTS LAND. Stormtroopers

come out FIRING BLASTERS -- the VILLAGERS FIRE BACK -- many

are HIT!

EXT. RISE ADJACENT TO VILLAGE - NIGHT

Poe runs to an X-WING fighter, parked at a distance from the

village, hidden behind a ROCK OUTCROPPING.

POE:

Come on, BB-8! Hurry!

Poe sends BB-8 into the droid socket / co-pilot seat -- he

moves to the cockpit -- the CONTROLS COME TO LIFE. As the

CANOPY CLOSES, Poe shoots a quick look back: the ENEMY ARRIVES

IN THE DISTANCE.

Poe urgently works the controls -- BB-8 BEEPS.

The X-WING LANDING LIGHTS COME ON, ENGINES WHINE TO LIFE!

But just then:

Poe's ship is suddenly HIT BY BLASTERFIRE! Poe turns to

look:
two STORMTROOPERS CHARGE HIS WAY, FIRING!

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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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