Abrams Talks “Force Awakens” Death Star

The upcoming “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” introduces not one but four villains to the “Star Wars” universe. Two – the dark robed Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and the chrome-plated General Phasma (Gwendoline Christie) – have been front and center throughout the film’s ad campaign.

The third, Andy Serkis’ Supreme Leader Snoke, has been kept completely under wraps until Serkis spoke about the project earlier this week. The fourth however, the human General Hux (Domnhall Gleeson), has been somewhere in between – he’s appeared in a few stills but has otherwise been a mystery.

Same goes with the film’s “Starkiller Base,” a larger variant of the Death Star which can be seen in the film’s poster and which General Hux is in command of. In today’s EW piece about the film, we’ve learned a bit more about both.

Speaking about the Starkiller Base, an ice planet capable of destroying solar systems, director J.J. Abrams’ says:

“It is very much – and it’s acknowledged as such in the movie – apparently another Death Star. But what it’s capable of, how it works, and what the threat is, is far greater than what the Death Star could have done. Starkiller Base is another step forward, technologically speaking, in terms of power.”

Gleeson says his nefarious character isn’t so much a fighter as a ruthless autocrat:

“There’s an air of superiority, and being better than those people around you. He’s pretty ruthless. A strong disciplinarian would be a mild way of putting it. You don’t get that high up in your life that quickly unless you’re pretty ruthless. You have to put a few people down on the way to get there.”

Asked why the ‘First Order’, the rebuilt version of the Empire, appeals to Hux, Gleeson says:

“It’s in the title: order. It’s a desire to lump everything in its place and just have power. The desire for power is hugely motivating for a lot of people and normally the people who want all the power are not the ones who should have it. People who are messed up themselves often want to squash the individuality out of other people because they’re afraid of what it means. He’s kind of opposite Kylo Ren. They have their own relationship, which is individual and unusual. One of them is strong in different ways than the other. They’re both vying for power.”

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” opens in just five weeks – December 18th.