By: Dominic Jones
Rolling Stone released an article today about the upcoming release of Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens, featuring interviews with members of the cast and crew. With the article they released a brand new image of Kylo Ren with the burnt Darth Vader helmet seen in the trailers, as well as a new image of Rey and BB-8 and a new behind the scenes shot. Check them out below,
The Rolling Stone's Star Wars article goes very in depth about the making of the film.. Among the topics addressed is the new cast's approach to the film,
Ridley grew up with no particular attachment to Star Wars; her family was more into art galleries and the occasional French film. But Driver and Boyega were fans. "My dad had a stormtrooper helmet he would put on and chase us around the house with," says Driver, 32. "The people on the dark side were more interesting to me. You can't beat their aesthetic!"
Boyega was seven when The Phantom Menace came out, and he didn't see it until a few years later. He thought it was all right, despite the "green guy jumping around." Instead, video games and comic books inspired him to swing a toy lightsaber around his house: "When I'm wielding a lightsaber, it feels like living out action sequences from my living room."
Ridley, a drama-school grad, spent her first few weeks on the film feeling certain she would get fired. Then she got comfortable. "Oh, my God, I could've shot the film for years, I loved it so much," she says. "It felt like as I was growing, so was Rey."
Boyega's dad is a preacher; his mom works with the disabled. Neither of them has ever seen a Star Wars movie. Like Ridley, Boyega attended drama schools and initially dreamed of a life in the West End. He takes pride in his range: Boyega's Attack the Block character, Moses, was far more commanding than the sweaty, panicked initial images of Finn. A friend recently chided Boyega for that: "He was like, 'Dude, man, they've got you running around looking sweaty as hell. Man, I love the way you was in Attack the Block.' I'm like, 'Dude, you know I'm an actor, right?' And I'm sorry, if stormtroopers were coming after you, you wouldn't be chill. You'd be in a desert sweating, panting!"
Ridley, who has a posh West London accent – her father is a photographer who shot the Beatles' first U.S. tour for NME; her mom works for a bank – enjoys the idea of becoming a hero to little girls. Especially, she says, because Rey isn't royalty like Princess Leia and Queen Amidala. "Rey isn't born into privilege," she says. "My cousin's daughter said something about wanting me to be another princess, and I'm like, 'No!' Girls don't have to be princesses! They can be, you know, scavengers!"
She understands that she may be Rey for life. "People have asked me that as though it's a bad thing. I'm like, 'No, I'm cool with that.' Everyone's gonna be remembered for one thing. Daniel Radcliffe is gonna be remembered for Harry Potter, even though he's proved himself time and time again in other roles."
Boyega isn't worried about getting stuck in the Star Wars universe. He already has other roles coming up, including a part as a Mark Zuckerberg-type CEO in The Circle, with Tom Hanks and Emma Watson. "It's different from the stormtrooper life," he says, offering a leading-man smile.
Driver, meanwhile, was determined to take the role of Kylo Ren as seriously as anything he's done. As his castmates recall, that sometimes meant staying in character on set, and even leaving his mask on between scenes. "Do your thing, man," says Boyega, who is less Method in his approach. "I mean, for me, I follow what Laurence Olivier or someone said: 'Just act.' But it was great to see him go for his process. It was intense."
The rest of the article is fantastic and I highly recommend heading over to Rolling Stone to check it out!
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