Walt Disney Pictures have just announced (via a tweet which we've embedded below for your viewing pleasure) the revised official title for their science-fiction blockbuster Star Wars Episode VII. Starring Oscar Isaac, Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill at the head of an all-star ensemble of talented thespians old and new, the seventh full instalment in George Lucas' award-winning saga of space-faring motion pictures will pick up thirty years after the Battle of Endor and in doing so will doubtless introduce us to the most dangerous threat to galactic sanctity yet.
Once the iconic pre-title card containing the memorable introductory words 'A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away...' has rolled, it transpires that what follows will be the following vague-yet-no less alluring title: Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Although it's interesting to consider the obvious removal of the previously-touted Episode VII - which suggests that Disney don't want to risk having to call future instalments 'Episode XIII', 'Episode XXIX' and so on - it's the sub-title which ultimately has left us the most intrigued, since it implies that rather than building a Jedi Academy as was the case in the Expanded Universe, Luke has allowed his Force powers - and indeed any remnants of the Force binding the universe at large together - to enter a metaphorical slumber in the three decades since the events of Return of the Jedi. How exactly will they come back into play, we hear you ask? If it's any consolation, the answer is barely a year away now...
Star Wars: The Force Awakens has completed principal photography. #TheForceAwakens #StarWarsVII pic.twitter.com/qBhel6CDjrStar Wars: The Force Awakens ignites its lightsaber in cinemas worldwide on December 18th, 2015.
— Walt Disney Pictures (@DisneyPictures) November 6, 2014