By: Dominic Jones
Today in Los Angeles cast and crew from Star Wars: The Force Awakens gathered for a massive press conference about the new film. The conference was hosted by Mindy Kalling (The Mindy Project, The Office) and featured Kathleen Kennedy (Producer), JJ Abrams (Director), Lawrence Kasdan (Writer), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (General Leia), John Boyega (Finn), Daisy Ridley (Rey), Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron), Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), Lupita Nyong'o (Maz Kanata), and Gwendoline Christie (Captain Phasma). Entertainment Weekly has an excellent recap of the event, and we've selected some of the key moments to highlight below,
On the subject of Kylo Ren, Kasdan said,
“He doesn’t have his shit all together. You’re getting all the contradictions and conflicts that people feel. That’s what’s unique about what Adam has done.”
On the subject of if Maz Kanata ever met Yoda, Abrams said,
“I do believe that Maz and Yoda, at some point, crossed paths. But … that is not something that happens in this film.”
Adam Driver spoke about the way the film reflects how our world has a short memory regarding tragedy (via EW),
Driver says the movie reflects the way our own world moves on from war and tragedy. “We have such short memories of huge events, and mass genocide, and then we forget about it, it seems,” Driver say, and then it seems the same horrors repeat themselves. In terms of Star Wars, he says, the heroes we know have evolved, but the problems they face are eternal. “Finding these people, a lot of things have changed, but the circumstances are the same,” Driver says. “I found that very true.”
Driver also spoke about his character Kylo Ren,
“We tried to not think about that as much as possible. And not try to think of him as being bad, or evil, or a villain. Something that was more three-dimensional. He’s more dangerous and unpredictable, and morally justified in doing what he thinks is right.”
On if there will be a post-credits scene, Abrams said,
“No, there’s not,”
Kathleen Kennedy was asked about the continuity between films in the trilogy (via EW),
Kennedy says Abrams and Rian Johnson (director of Brick and Looper), who is making Episode VII, have talked a lot about continuity in the story, and that the cast will be heading back to England in January to begin work on that film.
On all the "black stormtrooper" stuff surrounding him, John Boyega said,
“I’ve got to be honest, I really don’t care about the black stormtrooper stuff. I coudln’t care less. This is a movie about human beings, about Wookiees, spaceships and TIE Fighters. It’s got an undercurrent of courage, a message of friendship and loyalty. I watched the movie with Kathy last week, and I really relate to Rey more than any of the characters. The circumstance to find something bigger than yourself is really important to me. In terms of the kids, all they’re going to be concentrated on is BB-8.”
You can read EW's entire recap of the event here.
In addition Kylo Ren, Han and Leia's costumes from The Force Awakens were on display and our friends at Skywalking Through Neverland were able to snap some pics! Check them out below,
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