JJ Abrams has just finished filming Star Wars Episode VII, according to the movie’s official Twitter account. Along with the announcement, Disney has revealed the film’s title: Star Wars – The Force Awakens. As movie titles go, it isn’t terrible, but it doesn’t exactly sound exciting. And given that the story takes place thirty years after the events of the original trilogy,and features original stars Mark Hamill (63), Carrie Fisher (58) and Harrison Ford (72), presumably episodes eight and nine of the space opera franchise will be called The Force Has A Fiber-Filled Breakfast and The Force Goes To Denny’s For The Early-Bird Dinner.
But perhaps it doesn’t matter what it’s called. The franchise has a devoted fanbase, even if some people (okay, loads) felt disappointed by Episodes One to Three, so whatever it’s called, it will still probably make a fortune. And if Disney and Abrams are concerned about broadening the movie’s appeal to include, you know, girls, then they could do worse than cast Benedict Cumberbatch, who has been rumored to be somehow involved. The actor revealed he visited the set, telling Graham Norton “I went to the set. It was incredible,” before realizing he might be giving away too much. “I probably shouldn’t be saying these things.” If Cumberbatch is in the movie, his ascension to fanboy glory will be complete, as he will be the only actor in history to be in the Holy Trinity of Geekdom: Star Trek, Star Wars and The Hobbit.