It seems like just yesterday Disney announced they had purchased Lucasfilm from George Lucas and that their first priority was to produce a new Star Wars film trilogy. It was October of 2012 to be exact and only three months later we would learn that J.J. Abrams would be the director of Episode VII.
Filming would begin in April of 2014 and conclude the following November with only stills of the cast, like the one above, being released. That would all change on November 28th, 2014 when Lucasfilm would drop the first teaser of the new Star Wars era.
The 88 second teaser would rack up a record 58 million plus hits on YouTube and over 100 million total online views in its first week of release. Teaser #2 would follow in April of 2015 and the first official trailer would drop later that year in October.
Every Star Wars fan remembers where they were and what they were doing when they heard the words, "There has been an awakening..." and Finn's face appeared on screen. Not only was is it our first Star Wars film since 2005's Revenge of the Sith, but it was the start of a new era for the company and the fans.
And what a ride it's been!
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