19 Facts and Trivia About the Force Awakens

Like the other Star Wars movies before it, there are a lot of great trivia and facts about the production and plot of The Force Awakens.

J.J. Abrams' masterfully crafted film is chock to the brim with callbacks to other movies and shoutouts to famous moments.

Here are some of the best trivia and facts we've found about The Force Awakens.

  1. Principal filming started on May 16 2014 in the desert of Abu Dhabi, which is the capital of the United Arab Emirates. Prior to that, some second-unit filming had taken place in the same desert and Iceland. The filming finished on 7 November at which time the movie's name was revealed via Twitter.
  2. Max von Sydow, who plays Lor San Tekka, also played Emperor Ming the Merciless in the Flash Gordon movie. It’s a loose piece of trivia but the Flash Gordon serials were a major influence on George Lucas’ development of Star Wars.
  3. Poe Dameron‘s name is inspired by J.J.'s longtime assistant Morgan Dameron.
  4. The production crew had a preference for using real locations and miniature models over green screens and computer-generated imagery. This was so The Force Awakens was aesthetically similar to the original Star Wars trilogy. It’s also likely a response to concerns that the prequel trilogy was hugely CGI based – so much so that all the stormtroopers were CGI in Revenge of the Sith (there was actually heaps of modeling in those movies, but most people miss it).
  5. James Bond star Daniel Craig has a blink and you'll miss him cameo as a stormtrooper.
  6. Simon Pegg has a turn as a masked character as well, called Unkar Plutt.
  7. Director J.J. Abrams had worked with Harrison Ford before. Ford appeared in the film Regarding Henry which was written by Abrams.
  8. The Force Awakens is the first Star Wars movie to have more than one producer. In this case, both J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk are credited as such.
  9. The XL2 cameras that were used were given names. The “A” camera was nicknamed the “Death Star” and the “B” camera the “Millennium Falcon”.
  10. The filming name was “Avco” – so named after the Los Angeles cinema where director J.J. Abrams first saw Star Wars.
  11. Captain Phasma's final armor “look” was at one time a conceptual design for Kylo Ren.
  12. At one stage Carrie Fisher had not read the film’s script but was desperate to do so that she tried to bribe costume designer Michael Kaplan to divulge details by giving him a chance to see the red shoes from The Wizard of Oz that Fisher’s mother owned. Kaplan, while tempted, kept his mouth shut and never saw the shoes.
  13. The first trailer for The Force Awakens was 88 seconds long and debuted on November 28, 2014. The second trailer was released on 17th April 2015 and had over 88 million views on the internet in 24 hours. The third trailer was released on October 19th and broke the internet.
  14. Alan Dean Foster returns to the series to write the novelization of the movie. Foster wrote the original Star Wars novelization and is somewhat famous for the sequel, Splinter of the Mind's Eye.
  15. The Starkiller base name was inspired by the fact that the word “Starkiller” was the original last name of Luke Skywalker.
  16. The name of the crashed Star Destroyer that Rey pilots the Falcon through is “the Inflictor,” which was scuttled onto the planet Jakku in a battle that took place one year after the events of Return of the Jedi.
  17. It's the first Star Wars movie in which no one loses an arm, although a scene was filmed with C-3PO ripping off Unkar Plutt's arms. It was released as a deleted scene. A cut plot point was that Plutt chased Rey to Maz Kanata's castle as he wanted the Millennium Falcon returned to him and some justice dealt out to Chewbacca.
  18. Finn's stormtrooper reference number FN-2187, is a reference to cell 2187 which was Princess Leia's original cell on the Death Star in A New Hope. In that movie, Leia was held captive in cell block THX 118, which was a reference to George Lucas' first movie of the same name.
  19. On Jakku, you can spy an old pod racer – a nod to the great race in The Phantom Menace.
And of course, there's also plenty of The Last Jedi trivia or why not try some Solo or Rogue One trivia? Here are 501 awesome examples of Star Wars trivia!
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