Entertainment Weekly‘s latest issue contains the publication’s annual Fall Movie Preview, and it’s no surprise that there’s extensive coverage for the most highly anticipated film from the upcoming season, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. EW details how filmmaker J.J. Abrams initially turned down the assignment to revive the storied film franchise, and what ultimately caused him to change his mind (no, it’s not the Force). We’re also given a primer for the new Star Wars universe. To wit:
The Empire has morphed into a junta known as The First Order, while X-Wing pilots like Oscar Isaac’s Poe Dameron now fly for a splinter group known as the Resistance. Princess Leia (Fisher) has come into possession of the lightsaber once possessed by her father, Darth Vader, and later lost by Luke (Hamill) when Vader separated him from his arm during that “join me” duel in The Empire Strikes Back.
We also find out new information on villain Kylo Ren, and we’re offered a spate of new images to re-ignite our collective excitement for the project. Check them out below, then head over to EW to find out more. The Fall Movie Preview issue hits newsstands this Friday, August 14.