This morning Entertainment Weekly dropped a bomb of photos and information from Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens! They're upcoming issue will feature Kylo Ren on the cover and promises to reveal brand new details about the film. Now, on EW.com, the revelations are already begining with a new article they shared that features interviews with director and co-writer J.J. Abrams, Lucasfilm president and Episode VII producer Kathleen Kennedy, and co-writer Lawrence Kasdan. They had a ton to say, and we sifted through it all and gleaned the most intriguing info that was unveiled, which you can read below:
They first discussed how and why J.J. Abrams ended up in the director's chair after first turning down the job:
"Kennedy persuaded him to helm Star Wars: The Force Awakens by asking a simple question, one with the potential to upend our core beliefs about the galaxy far, far away. “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.”"
They also reveal various details about the different factions, Han, Chewie, Leia, the bad guys and Luke's Lightsaber:
"The Empire has morphed into a junta known as The First Order, while X-Wing pilots like Oscar Isaac’s Poe Dameron now fly for a splinter group known as the Resistance. Princess Leia (Fisher) has come into possession of the lightsaber once possessed by her father, Darth Vader, and later lost by Luke (Hamill) when Vader separated him from his arm during that “join me” duel in The Empire Strikes Back."
"The amount of screentime the Skywalker twins may get is still unclear, although Luke’s fate is obviously a key factor. Ford’s Han Solo, however, will be one of the leads, piloting the Millennium Falcon alongside his old pal Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew.) Among the newcomers, desert scavenger Rey (Daisy Ridley) and runaway stormtrooper Finn (John Boyega) will be running for their lives, with the rolling droid BB-8 trying to keep up. Eventually all five of them end up aboard that familiar starship."
"On Team Dark Side is Darth Vader obsessive Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), The First Order’s merciless General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson) and chrome-armored officer Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie)."
Kathleen Kennedy also speaks about the influence of George Lucas on these films:
“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,” she says with a laugh. “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.”
Was there anything from the original films they struggled to echo in The Force Awakens? “I think we can’t explore in quite as much detail issues of compassion, the way [Lucas] did in terms of the values of the Jedi,” Kennedy says. “But we’re going to get there, let’s put it that way. In the arc of all three movies, that will increase.”
And finally, J,J. Abrams confirms that he will not direct the final film in the Sequel Trilogy Episode IX:
“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,” he says...“It’s a thrill to see [Rian Johnson] take things and elevate them beyond what we had imagined at the time,”
I highly recommend heading over to EW.com to read the full article! It's a fascinating read.
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