As I write this there are still a little more than 596 days until the theatrical release of Star Wars: Episode VII. With so long to wait it has been a little hard to get super excited about the movie just yet, even with all the small talk and rumors leading up to this point.
But yesterday JJ Abrams released a casting list along with this photo of the cast meeting in the UK.
When I saw this photograph yesterday I was able to say I felt true excitement for the upcoming movie. With this photograph the movie now feels “real.” We can see Star Wars veterans chatting with newcomers. It looks to me like those are scripts are their laps, and I can only imagine the chatter and excitement that is filling that room.
Hell, there is even an R2 unit in a crate behind Abrams and Harrison Ford.
But here is why I really love this photograph…
I grew up on the original trilogy. The only things I had when I was a kid were Episodes IV, V, and VI and a slew of action figures.
But I also remember seeing some behind the scenes stuff. Maybe it was on HBO or some making of special or something. You think that revealing the magic behind the curtain would not be good for a child, but it was.
Some of the things that stand out in my mind are black and white photographs of the actors on set or on location. They were usually in between takes and chatting with each other or killing time while they changed the film out.
The pictures that showed the process of the movie caught my attention just as much as the movie itself.
And that is why I love this picture.
It not only takes me back to my childhood, which I hope the movies will do the same, but it is showing the process behind the movie.
The fact that this photograph was released in black and white had to be a conscious decision of the photographer. I think his intention was to bring a sense of nostalgia to the cast.
Now I am super excited for the movie.
Just 1 year 7 months 17 days 7 hours 7 minutes and 47 seconds to go, as I write this.