A Solid Story And A Extraordinary Cast: JJ Abrams On What We Can Expect In Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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Credit: JJ Abrams

The most anticipated movie of the year is, without a doubt, the seventh Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens.

After 10 years with no Star Wars on the big screen, JJ Abrams made Episode VII a reality with the help of some of the original cast (Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker) and new faces as well (John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson, Andy Serkis, Gwendoline Christie and Lupita Nyong’o).

Details have been kept under wraps and we know very little about this movie, like it being set approximately 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi. Being just a few months away from its release, I highly doubt we will get more plot details, but hey, at least JJ Abrams shared a bit of what we can expect.

In an interview with Variety during D23 Expo this past weekend, Abrams opened up about the way they approached this already established universe to revive it.

“We really focused on how do we tell a story and incorporate what people know in a way that it won’t feel like we are doing callbacks for the sake of it. It’s not about a best-of moments, it’s really about telling a solid story, and we were very lucky to have the whole cast do an extraordinary job”, Abrams said.

As Lucasfilm is now part of Disney, as well as Marvel, it looks like it’s following the steps of the latter when it comes to keeping insane levels of secrecy, to the point where the cast may be a bit paranoid about sharing details.

“I hear things, ’cause my friends are Star Wars fans, so they ask me, personally, what’s going on, you know? ‘Are you force sensitive? Are you not force sensitive?’ I just forget. I think JJ has put something. I just forget”, John Boyega said.

Daisy Ridley, who plays Rey, a scavenger on the planet Jakku, shared: “I can tell you that Rey begins alone […] you can see that she has some fun with Finn [John Boyega] along the way. She evolves as the film goes on, the relationships evolve as the film goes on”.

John Boyega added that the connection between his character and Ridley’s will be important to the balance of the galaxy.

He said, “What we know so far is that their worlds collide in some way that is very important to the balance of the galaxy, and these characters who don’t have similar backgrounds come together to be part of an adventure. That’s our connection”

Speaking of characters, many of us still cry everytime we see Han Solo and Chewie on the trailer. Because, you know, it’s Han Solo! And Chewie! And they “are home”!

These two hold a very special spot in the hearts of Star Wars fans, and it was this love for Harrison Ford’s character what made JJ Abrams realise something very important.

“It made me realise there is a generation of people, of characters, in this world who may have heard of him, who may not have heard of him at all. What would he mean to people now? And that just struck a nerve for me, and so it’s part of our story”, Abrams shared.

Very good point, Mr. Abrams. And with that, you just made me 10 times more anxious and excited for this movie.

Is it December already?! I can’t wait to go to the cinema and see a bunch of Star Wars fans (many of them wearing costumes!) and then cry with all of them because of all the nostalgia. It’s going to be awesome.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is finally coming to us on December 18.

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