With “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” now out in cinemas everywhere and people having seen it several times already, discussions have now begun in earnest about the various spoilers that take place within the film. Speaking with EW today, Abrams has gone into lots of detail about them and revealed some surprises along the way.
MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD
First up several voice cameos have been revealed. Both Ewan McGregor and Frank Oz reprise their roles of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda respectively for lines heard during the scene where Rey (Daisy Ridley) makes contact with Anakin/Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber. Abrams says:
“The idea of the voices was, we wanted the audience to feel – but not necessarily be presented right in your face – this idea that familiar, Force-strong voices were connecting with her. At least as well as they could. You do hear a little bit of Yoda. You hear Luke yelling out, ‘Nooo!’ from that moment in ‘Empire.’ And you hear Obi-Wan at the end say, ‘Rey … these are your first steps.’ Here’s the cool part: We asked Ewan McGregor to come in and do the line. And he was awesome and we were very grateful. He was incredibly sweet and handsome, and all that stuff. Then he rode off on his motorcycle. Literally the coolest voice over actor ever.”
Bad Robot producer Bryan Burk also snuck Sir Alec Guinness’ voice in there, using a line delivery the original Obi-Wan Kenobi actor made with the word ‘Afraid’ and tweaking it so that it sounds like he’s saying the word “Rey”.
A major complaint lobbed at the film is one Abrams is used to – that various plot points here rely on some major coincedences, one being R2-D2 waking out of his robotic coma with almost all of the map to Luke Skywalker’s location. Abrams himself understands the criticism:
“BB-8 comes up and says something to him, which is basically, ‘I’ve got this piece of a map, do you happen to have the rest?’. The idea was, R2 who has been all over the galaxy, is still in his coma, but he hears this. And it triggers something that would ultimately wake him up. While it may seem, you know, completely lucky and an easy way out, at that point in the movie, when you’ve lost a person, desperately, and somebody you hopefully care about is unconscious, you want someone to return.”
Then there’s the big moment of the entire film – Kylo Ren (aka. Ben Solo) killing his father Han Solo. Abrams says the aim of the new trilogy was to show the evolution of not just our heroes but the villain as well – Kylo Ren realises his full potential by doing so:
“Long before we had this title, the idea of The Force Awakens was that this would become the evolution of not just a hero, but a villain. And not a villain who was the finished, ready-made villain, but someone who was in process.
Star Wars had the greatest villain in cinema history. So, how you bring a new villain into that world is a very tricky thing. We knew we needed to do something f–king bold. The only reason why Kylo Ren has any hope of being a worthy successor is because we lose one of the most beloved characters.
[Han Solo’s death is] this massive tradeoff. How can we possible do that!? But… if we hadn’t done that, the movie wouldn’t have any guts at all. It felt very dangerous.”
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is now in cinemas everywhere.