‘Star Wars’: Behind-the-Scenes Table Read Photo Has Fans Nostalgic for ‘Raw Excitement’

Star Wars has had a long reign in Hollywood, and they’ll likely continue to with Disney+ taking over.

From the films that have made their way to the big screen to the TV shows that have the Disney app topping the charts with subscriptions, there’s nothing but love for the series. 

Star wars’ The For Awakens, in particular, brought a new level of ‘raw excitement’ to the genre when fans got a taste of a series they have long anticipated coming back. Following a resurfaced behind-the-scenes photo featuring a table read, fans are feeling nostalgic, remembering the incomparable feeling of that film announcement and experience. 

‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ hit the big screens in 2015

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Starring a female lead and a central black character, unlike Star Wars before it, The Force Awakens was all anyone could talk about in 2015. The storyline is set 30 years after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, with a new evil threat by the name of Kylo Ren arising in power

The new Star Wars film followed Finn, Rey, Han Solo, and Poe Dameron as they gathered allies and set off to find Luke Skywalker and take down the new successor to the Galactic Empire.  

Following its premiere, The Force Awakens went on to break records like it was predicted to — and then some more. Not only did it become the top-earning film of all time in North America, but it knocked premiere weekend ticket sales out of the park.

“Within two weeks, The Force Awakens set several records, including biggest all-time and December debut which lead to the biggest overall movie-going weekend of all time,” Time reported. “It is also the fastest film to reach $700 million, which took 16 days, and broke opening day box office records, domestic and worldwide.”

Why there was so much hype in anticipation of the film

John Boyega and Daisy Ridley
John Boyega and Daisy Ridley | Samir Hussein/WireImage

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There’s no denying how much fans were hoping for a new Star Wars series, following a 10-year gap between The Force Awakens and the 2005 premiere of Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith.

A great reminder of just how much hype was generated for The Force Awakens can be seen in a 2015 CBC News: The National video of fans sporting Star Wars costumes and cheering the film’s upcoming premiere. 

“​After perhaps the biggest movie premiere in Hollywood history,” CBC said at the time. “the early reviews for The Force Awakens, director J.J. Abrams’ continuation of the Star Wars saga, are positive.”In all honesty, ‘positive’ may have been the understatement of the year.

A table read photo surfaced, sparking ‘raw excitement’ again

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It has been more than six years later and fans still can’t get over how they felt when they heard Star Wars was coming back to the screens. The truth is, the series changed the industry forever and fans are likely never to forget its original series premiere or the one that brought the fantasy fiction back.

Amidst a 7-year-old table read photo resurfacing of The Force Awakens cast, fans were quick to jump on a Reddit post and reminisce about their emotional experience leading up to the premier. 

“Say what you will about the content of the film, but TFA was an absolute masterclass in film marketing,” a fan chimed in. “The hype generated around that movie was simultaneously gargantuan (large) and entirely wholesome. Rarely can those two things coexist — especially for well over a year.”

Another fan agreed, “This pic just transported me back to a time where there was nothing but raw excitement and anticipation.”

And that was only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the hype experienced in 2015’s The Force Awakens — a feeling most of us can relate to in some way or another. There really was nothing that compared to its well-thought-out marketing and Star Wars resurrection