The Force Awakens at FAHS

Posted on January 22, 2016 by


On 18 December 2015, several students went to see the highly anticipated new Star Wars movie. As the first movie from the franchise in 10 years, and the first movie since Disney bought Lucasfilm, the expectations were high.

With a producer and director like J.J. Abrams, who has previously produced movies like the reboot of Star Trek, the tv-show Lost, and several Mission: Impossible movies, expectations entered the stratosphere.

The movie features some actors from the original movies, including Carrie Fisher as Leia Organa, Harrison Ford as Han Solo, and Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker.

But the film has also made room for new stars, including the British actor John Boyega as Finn, who is seen as a stormtrooper in the trailer from November 2014, and Daisy Ridley as Rey.

Other famous actors have decided to join the franchise, including example Gwendoline Christie, famous from the HBO series Game of Thrones, in which she plays Brienne of Tarth, and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part One, in which she plays commander Lyme. The Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o also makes a motion capture appearance in the movie. Anthony Daniels returns as the character C-3PO too, and Max Von Sydow also appears.

“My science fiction course studies the Star Wars universe, addressing a different theme or concept for each film.  A field trip on this occasion was a given,” English teacher Zachary Houp said.

English teacher Karen Sahaydak also invited several of her classes that read the novelization of the Episode IV as a means of discussing the Hero’s Journey in mythology.

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