The first trailer for JJ Abrams’ Star Wars Episode VII: the Force Awakens is a great look at what’s to come for the franchise, but it’s also a loving glance backwards. With stormtroopers, X-wings and Rebel fighters in abundance, as well as the knowledge that some of the original cast (Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher) are returning to their roles in the film, it’s like we’re back in the original trilogy (episodes four, five and six, fact fans).
The new cast of episode seven will have a long way to go to build up a similar level of devotion –but why are these characters are so enduring?
You could argue that they’re just a part of nostalgia for our youth, the product of a good central concept and some great performances – but I have another theory. I think that we all see something of ourselves in the original trilogy’s cast, whether it’s the fortitude of Leia, the laidback attitude of Han Solo or the snappy dress sense of Darth Vader.
Don’t believe me? Take our personality quiz below, and see just how similar you are to a bunch of space travellers in a galaxy far, far away. You might be surprised…
Star Wars episode VII: the Force Awakens will be released in December 2015