Star Wars: The Force Awakens (also known as Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens) is a 2015 American epic space opera film. The sequel to 1983's Return of the Jedi, The Force Awakens is the first instalment of the Star Wars sequel trilogy. It stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, TBA, Daisy Ridley, TBA, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong'o, Rufus Sewell, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Max von Sydow. Set 30 years after Return of the Jedi, it follows Rey, Finn and Poe Dameron's search for Luke Skywalker and their fight alongside the New Republic, against Kylo Ren and the First Order.
Thirty years after the destruction of the second Death Star and the Galactic Civil War, discontentment with the New Republic has given rise to the First Order. The First Order is smaller than the New Republic but their technology is far more advanced.
New Republic pilot Poe Dameron meets village elder Lor San Tekka on the planet Tatooine to obtain a map to Luke's location. Stormtroopers, led by Captain Phasma and commanded by the mysterious Kylo Ren, destroy the village and capture Poe, while Ren kills Tekka. Poe's droid, BB8, escapes with the map and encounters a scavenger named Rey near a junkyard settlement. Ren tortures Poe using the Force, and learns of BB8. Stormtrooper FN-2187 frees Poe and they escape in a stolen TIE fighter; Poe dubs FN-2187 "Finn". They crash on Tatooine. They encounter Rey and BB8 but the First Order tracks them down and launches an airstrike. Finn, Rey, Poe and BB8 flee to a junkyard where the Millennium Falcon is. Inside they meet Han Solo and Chewbacca.
They escape in the Falcon but it is caught by a larger ship piloted by a rival gang, looking to settle debts with Han. They escape.
The Falcon crew try to view BB8's map but Poe tells them they can't until they get to the New Republic base on Yavin IV. Han explains that Luke attempted to rebuild the Jedi Order but exiled himself when some of his apprentices, led by Kylo Ren, destroyed the temple and slaughtered all the other apprentices, including Luke's daughter. The crew travels to the planet Takodana and meets the canteen owner Maz Kanata, who offers assistance in getting BB8 to the New Republic. Rey is drawn to a vault on the lower level and finds the lightsaber that once belonged to Luke and his father, Anakin Skywalker. She experiences disturbing visions, revealing she is Luke's daughter, and flees into the woods. Maz finds Finn the lightsaber for safekeeping.
Starkiller Base begins absorbing a star in preparation. The First Order attacks Takodana in search of BB8. During the battle, Finn fights and kills Phasma. Han, Chewbacca, Poe and Finn are saved by New Republic X-Wing fighters. Leia arrives at Takodana with C3PO and reunites with Han and Chewbacca.
At the New Republic base on Yavin IV, the New Republic unlock the map from BB8, revealing Luke's location. The First Order attack the base. Ren himself arrives on Yavin IV to find Rey. Starkiller Base appears and, against Ren's orders, Hux prepares to destroy Yavin IV, Coruscant and many other planets allied with the New Republic.
Ren kills Han and pursues Finn and Rey. A lightersaber battle between Ren and Finn ensues, leaving Finn badly wounded. Rey takes the battle and tries to use the Force to defeat Ren. Ren defeats Rey. Ren reveals he was the one who abandoned Rey on Tatooine, in the hopes of later recruiting her to his cause. Ren allows Rey to escape while he leaves. Rey, Finn, Chewbacca, Leia, BB8 and C3PO escape from Yavin IV in the Millennium Falcon. Ren arrives aboard Starkiller Base and kills Hux for attempting to kill him. He then board casts a single offering for others to join his cause with many dissatisfied with the New Republic agreeing with him. With the New Republic gone, Leia begins forming a new Resistance. Rey and BB8 use the map to the planet Ahch-To. Rey finds Luke and R2D2 and presents Luke with his lightsaber.
- Harrison Ford as Han Solo, a rogue and a smuggler, formerly a key player in the Rebel Alliance.
- Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, the last Jedi, who has gone into hiding.
- Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa, the former princess of the destroyed planet Alderaan, now general of the New Republic and Luke's twin sister.
- TBA as Kylo Ren, a dark warrior strong with the Force, a member of the Knights of Ren and a high ranking member of the First Order.
- Daisy Ridley as Rey, a Force-senstive scavenger who was abandoned as a child on the desert planet Tatooine, waiting for her family to return
- TBA as Finn, a reformed First Order Stormtrooper.
- Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, a New Republic X-Wing pilot.
- Lupita Nyong'o as Maz Kanata, a wise and perceptive figure operating a somewhat shady cantina on the peaceful first planet, Takodana.
- Rufus Sewell as Hux
- Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, a humanoid protocol android under Organa's service.
- Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca, a loyal wookie and Han Solo's longtime companion.
- Max von Sydow as Lor San Tekka, a retired adventurer on Tatooine, aiding the New Republic in locating Skywalker.
- Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma, the commander of the First Order's Stormtroopers.