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Star Wars Awakens Excitement And Controversy

The newly released Star Wars trailer causes both controversy and anticipation. 

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, the very first Star Wars movie was introduced to the world on May 25, 1977. 38 years have now passed and the Star Wars has made a total of $37 billion. Fans have waited ten years for the release of the seventh installment of the Star Wars franchise titled “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which will premiere on December 18. 

The highly anticipated trailer was released on October 19 on ESPN during the halftime of a game. Almost immediately, movie tickets for opening night began to sell out and crashed ticketing websites like Fandango and

In the midst of the anticipation for the movie, there has also been some controversial feedback. A Twitter controversy emerged with #BoycottStarWarsVII becoming the number one trending topic. The creators of the movement were not happy that the lead character of the movie, John Boyega, is African-American and claims that the movie is “anti-white.” Jack Epps, USC Writing for Screen & Television Department Chair and writer of Top Gun, explained that movies are a largely international business and gave his opinion on the Star Wars controversy.

With the film set to be released December 18, 2015, there are only 57 days, 2 hours, and 41 minutes to go. 

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