The director of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, J.J. Abrams, recently said he wanted the movie to be “delightful.” And it very may well be, but it’s also going to be dark. The MPAA has given the film a PG-13 rating, only the second time it’s happened in franchise history.

The Force Awakens is rated PG-13 for “sci-fi action violence.” Up until 2005’s Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (which we also wrote about today!) all of the Star Wars films had been PG. That film was rated PG-13 for “sci-fi violence and some intense images.” Images like this:

Still, The Force Awakens rating doesn’t mention those images. And, in fact, if you look at the ratings for the other films, it almost always mentions “sci-fi action” or “sci-fi action violence.”

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What makes this one different? Does this mark a shift in the Star Wars universe? Can we expect all future Star Wars movies to be rated PG-13? An email to Disney and Lucasfilm was not returned as of press time, but if the “delightful” first film in the trilogy is rated PG-13, and things get darker, it seems pretty likely. This doesn’t look like an image from a PG rated movie.

That’s from the next Star Wars movie, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

[Film Ratings]


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