Now that we’ve all kind of got our heads around the fact that, yes, they’re making Star Wars: Episode VII, and yes, J.J. Abrams is directing it, the focus has shifted from that of wild speculation to that of the new trilogy’s story factors. What, exactly, is this episode going to be about? Who will take the lead? Will Disney breathe new life into a once great franchise? Will these movies emerge even worse than the dreaded prequels? Is J.J Abrams up to the challenge?

Wherever your alliance happens to fall with regards to a new Star Wars film, most people will admit that the prospect is an intriguing one – especially since Return of the Jedi gave the impression of such completion, what with that Ewok party and the fireworks, and the death of the franchise’s most important character in Anakin Skywalker.

With its release date tentatively set at 2015, Star Wars: Episode VII is still a long way off, of course, but it’s now that many of the most important production aspects are getting worked out under a cloak of secrecy at Disney HQ. And though the wait for the release of any official plot information is sure to be a lengthy and arduous one, we’ve put together a list of 10 defining factors that we feel would help to make Star Wars: Episode VII great.

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This article was first posted on January 31, 2013