My family is on a little bit of a Star Wars kick right now. Eric (that’s Luke Skywalker to you) is a bit obsessed, and we all dressed the part for Halloween. It’s so fun to do family costumes, and I love that we are all actually appropriate to our characters blood relationships. We totally thrift-stored all of our costume pieces except for
Anna’s Leia’s wig and Eric’s Luke’s light saber. He saved up money for a few months to buy that himself earlier this year.
I was stressing a bit about the Queen Amidala costume (the kids called me Queen Amimama), until I realized I really just had to represent her, not look exactly like one of her outfits in the movie. Her costumes were so fantastical, but slightly Asian-inspired, so I settled on this, then added a bunch of jewelry, including a necklace for a head-piece. Brian, doing business as Darth Vader (Darth Daddy if you asked the kids), really had fun with it. He downloaded the Darth Vader theme music and played it from his phone as he stalked into a party or approached a group of friends while we were trick-or-treating. It was awesome. Anna carried around a little model of R2D2, and periodically would bend to the side, look at it, and say, “Help me, Obi Wan Kenobi. You’re my only hope.”
In light of all this recent Star Wars attention at our house, I was pretty excited to see that Star Wars: Episode VII will open December 18, 2015. Once I stopped to think about it, I realized that its a really long time away from now, but having a date makes it seem real.
Here’s the press release:
“We’re very excited to share the official 2015 release date for Star Wars: Episode VII, where it will not only anchor the popular holiday filmgoing season but also ensure our extraordinary filmmaking team has the time needed to deliver a sensational picture,” said Alan Horn, chairman of The Walt Disney Studios.
Star Wars: Episode VII will be directed by J. J. Abrams (Super 8, Mission: Impossible III, Star Trek)and is being scripted by Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan (Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi). Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, with Tommy Harper (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Jack Ryan, Star Trek Into Darkness) and Jason McGatlin (Tintin, War of the Worlds) serving as executive producers. John Williams is returning to score Star Wars: Episode VII.
Shooting is scheduled to begin this coming Spring.
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