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The Official Title of 'Star Wars: Episode VII' Has Finally Been Revealed

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November 6, 2014

Star Wars: Episode VII

We've been waiting for months to find out what the official title for Star Wars: Episode VII would be, and today, StarWars.com came through with the biggest official announcement yet since the cast of the film was revealed earlier this year. The official title for the next chapter in the iconic sci-fi saga is called Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The title doesn't tell us much, except that maybe since the events of Return of the Jedi, all that was left in the order of warriors have gone into hiding, and maybe now they're coming out of the woodwork as a new evil begins to rise. But of course, that's all speculation at this point. Read on!

Here's the tweet from the official Star Wars account on Twitter announcing the title:

We've heard rumors of the plot and the villain, but Lucasfilm has been very quiet on denying and confirming, as well they should be. Could the reveal of this title mean that we'll be getting a teaser trailer before the year is out? There have been rumors that we'll be getting our first tease of the film sooner than we might think. Anyway, at least we have a title. What do you think of the title?

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  • desispeed
    definitely gives us a partial plot confirmation
  • Avi
    obvious inspired for the following episodes...
  • Chris Groves
    Just worth noting, is "episode VII" officially NOT part of the actual title of the film? Getting away from having the Episode # in the title would be a pretty interesting move....and it would certainly 'simplify' it a little bit. Having the Episode identifiers in the titles does make the 'full titles' a bit of a mouthful to say.
    • adam lamonica
      If you look at the original posters for 4-6, the episode number was not included. It wasn't until later that it was seen on promotional material for the original trilogy. In a way, dropping it now is more of going back to the originals and distancing themselves from the second trilogy.
      • ColtNoir
        finally...someone who makes sense. this is how it was and should be. We know what movie it is we don't need an episode # in the title to tell us that.
  • DaveLister_JMC
    I like the jettisoning of the episode number from the title.
    • OfficialJab
      Don't know if I do. For the spinoffs yeah, but these are continuations aren't they? I was kinda looking forward to having a set of 3 trilogies all from different 'eras'. Now these feel more separate. Or it doesn't matter I guess, but I wonder why studios seem to avoid numbers so often. Still gonna call them 7 8 and 9, since that's what they are.
      • DaveLister_JMC
        The episode number will be relegated to the opening crawl, where I've always felt it belongs. Adding it to the main title was just too much to say all at once.
        • OfficialJab
          Oh well that's fine then. Though who says the whole title all together in conversation anyway? Just from my own discussions over the years, I feel like for the prequels more people use the episode number (ex. "I hated episode 2) and for the originals people almost always use the names (nobody says "Episode 5 is the best one", they say "Empire Strikes Back is the best one").
      • Chris Groves
        Seems that the opening crawl will still have the 'Episode whatever' piece to it...it just won't be part of the 'official title' and seen on promotional materials and whatnot. I imagine they did some number crunching and feel that not having "Episode VII" in the title might help them out in international markets where Star Wars isn't as engrained in pop culture as it is in other places.
  • Steven
    Not convinced and I would so have liked to seen a big VII behind (just like on the covers of the dvds). Seriously though, the force awakens makes it feel like the force has been dormant for three decades....
  • I just bitched on twitter about it...while a title is just that, a title it sparks little imagination and feels bland. With all that creative force and money and thats the best they can come up with? "I have a bad feeling about this..."
    • silentjay
      Little imagination!? I love it! You can go many ways with this title! What has awoken, what do we not know about the force. Is it the Jedi that has been in hiding now gathering, Is it the sith or another dark order! And most of all it stays in the same context as A NEW HOPE!!! Have a little bit more imagination yourself.
    • OfficialJab
      I don't think any of their titles were too spectacular. 'The Empire Strikes Back' is okay, but otherwise they're all pretty lame. I almost prefer something simple and hammy.
  • Jon Odishaw
    But how am I stupposed to know that its episode 7? Oh thats right because anyone who cares about this movie knows that. I don't doubt for a second that Abrams has delivered another spectacle.
  • TheOct8pus
    Would you like some extra cheese with your new title? Eh...who cares. It's Star Wars!! I'm there!
  • silentjay
    I love this title! You can go many ways with this title! What has awoken, what do we not know about the force. Is it the Jedi that has been in hiding now gathering, Is it the sith or another dark order! And most of all it stays in the same context as A NEW HOPE!!!
  • DAVIDPD
    I just need to hear that light saber being activated and I am IN!!!~

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