Plus: J.J Abrams talks about story development.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is getting closer and closer. Even if J.J Abrams is not planning to reveal any footage this weekend at D23, hardcore fans will get some new information and more stills from the movie, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly.
Let’s remember, the person revealing information is Abrams. He keeps holding tight his Mystery Box, and good for him. There’s a lot of directors who just spill details of the movie, leaving almost no surprises left. The following pictures just get us a closer at the new heroes of the upcoming trilogy, the villain, old characters, and new characters. And speaking of new characters, down below there’s a look at Domhnall Gleeson’s General Hux, who is the leader of the first order. Entertainment Weekly also offers and new picture of Gwendoline Christie’s Captain Phasma and the new villain, Kylo Ren portrayed by Adam Driver.
Additional the pictures released today by Entertainment Weekly, Kathlynn Kennedy revealed what she did to persuade Abrams to direct Episode VII. Initially, the Star Trek director turned down the offer, but Kennedy – after looking at other directors – circled back to Abrams. She came back to J.J and asked him anintriguing question:
“In the context of talking about story and laying out what we were thinking, I said one thing to him,” Kennedy recalls. “‘Who is Luke Skywalker?’” Abrams, who’s 49 now but was only 11 when the original Star Wars debuted in 1977, decided he needed to know the answer, even if he had to devise it himself. “He said, ‘Oh my God, I just got the chills. I’m in,’” Kennedy says. “I mean, it really was almost that quickly.”
Abrams said to the magazine that there was no story when he came to direct Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Michael Arndt was hashing the story with Simon Kinberg and Lawrence Kasdan at the moment. The director reveals:
“[They] had just been hypothesizing and throwing out a bunch of what-ifs, but there was no story in place. It was, without doubt, a formidable assignment. There were so many options and so many paths that could be taken. Even when we were in debate — and sometimes it was frustrating and heated — it was always thrilling, because it seemed almost everywhere you looked there was something potentially extraordinary, which felt very much like the DNA of Star Wars itself.”
Simon Kinberg commented on this last week. The screenwriter recently confirmed he, Kasdan, and Arndt spent a week planning the stories for the new trilogy and the potential Anthology films. Apparently, Abrams doesn’t shy away to reveal that process was very intense at times and led a member of the team to leave the project.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens looks like a good movie. I know a lot of the things that happen in the film, but I will be a good boy and not ruin someone’s experience. I think the final product will be great.
Source: Entertainment Weekly