The Big Bang Theory The Force Awakens

The entire world will slowly be overtaken by Star Wars: The Force Awakens as the film’s December 18th release gets closer. Fans of the saga and plenty of average filmgoers can’t wait to see what Episode VII offers, and that also stands true for the fictional characters of The Big Bang Theory who are obsessed with everything from a galaxy far, far away.

The CBS comedy series, returning in the fall for its ninth season, will indeed be impacted by the release of the new Star Wars movie, and executive producer Steve Molaro confirms that they’re trying to figure out how the impending release of The Force Awakens will be weaved into Sheldon (Jim Parsons), Leonard (Johnny Galecki), Howard (Simon Helberg) and Raj’s (Kunal Nayyar) lives.

Find out more about The Big Bang Theory Force Awakens plans after the jump!

Speaking to TV Line, Molaro said:

“We’re talking about how that will be weaved into [the guys’] lives. And we have some really cool ideas. Obviously, we’re all excited about it, just as human beings — and the characters are as well. I don”t know exactly how it’s going to play in, but it won’t be ignored.”

One would hope that the actual release of the movie would come into play at some point. However, the trick there is that the episodes that are release in December would be written long before the actual movie comes out, so they won’t really be able to get too specific when it comes to talking about the movie at the time it hits theaters.

But since Force Friday is coming up, and plenty of new tidbits will be released over the next couple months, the writing staff of The Big Bang Theory should have plenty to play with in order to talk about The Force Awakens on the show.

This won’t be the first time Star Wars has had a big presence on the show. Previously, an episode that aired around Star Wars Day in 2014 had a strong Star Wars influence. The episode, entitled “The Proton Transmogrification” had a dream sequence with Sheldon appearing on a Dagobah film set that was overseen by Lucasfilm, with Bob Newhart appearing like the spirit of Obi-Wan Kenobi. Check that clip out right here:

In addition, James Earl Jones (the voice of Darth Vader) and Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia) have both guest starred on the show, specifically in the episode “The Convention Conundrum.” And with that kind of Star Wars presence on the show, Molaro acknowledges that it would be weird if The Force Awakens wasn’t mentioned at all this season.

Fans of The Big Bang Theory know that Leonard and Penny (Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting) are supposed to be getting married, so perhaps tying a wedding to the release of The Force Awakens for a mid-season finale could be something that happens. At this point, as much as these characters love Star Wars, anything is possible.

Frankly, I’m not a huge Big Bang Theory fan, and not even the allure of The Force Awakens somehow being incorporated into the show will get me to watch. Mostly I don’t like the multi-camera, live audience format, and it just feels artificially nerdy to me. But I understand why it has such a huge following, and they’ll surely find plenty to love when Star Wars starts shaking up this season.

The Big Bang Theory returns on CBS on September 21st.

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