Entertainment Weekly has posted a major new cover story about J.J. Abrams’ upcoming “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” film and offers a major glimpse at what’s to come in the new film.
Abrams confirms he will NOT be directing “Star Wars: Episode IX”, saying quite clearly: “No, I’m not going to direct Episode IX, as much as I am deeply envious of anyone who gets to work with this group of people on the future movies… It’s a thrill to see [Johnson] take things and elevate them beyond what we had imagined at the time.”
In fact, while the general beats of the trilogy are laid out already, details are still very much in the hands of the filmmakers including the next film’s helmer Rian Johnson. Kathleen Kennedy says: “We know where we’re going, but only in the broadest sense. When Rian came in and started writing his script, he started from scratch, other than knowing what we had done in Episode VII and projecting out where it was going. He then sat down and put pen to paper, and it’s 100% him.”
Even though he wasn’t involved, George Lucas reportedly had a big influence on the themes says Kennedy: “George spoke often about that tension in everybody between what’s good and bad. He always felt that it was easier to be bad than good. I’m not sure all people would agree, but I think that that’s always an interesting conflict to explore. So that’s a big part of the themes inside of Episode VII.”
Along with a whole swath of new images which you can see below, a couple of spoiler facts revealed about the film’s plot include:
MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD
– The central question of the film is “Who is Luke Skywalker?”. It’s that question that made Abrams sign onboard the project.
– Daisy Ridley’s character meets the soccerball droid BB-8 while freeing him from a scavenger’s net.
– Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) built his own lightsaber which is why it has an unusual design. He’s also obsessed with Darth Vader with Abrams saying “[Ren] is well aware of what’s come before, and that’s very much a part of the story of the film.” That obsession also informs the origins of his mask.
– His name isn’t Kylo Ren really, he got it when he joined a group called the ‘Knights of Ren’. Screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan says: “I’ve written four Star Wars movies now, and there’s never been a character quite like the one that Adam plays. I think you’re going to see something that’s brand new to the saga.”
– The lightsaber handed to Princess Leia in the trailer is the original one Anakin Skywalker had, the one Obi-wan Kenobi gave to Luke and the one Luke lost when his hand was cut off in “The Empire Strikes Back”.
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” opens December 18th.