As weeks thin into days, and the hype reaches fever pitch, Star Wars: The Force Awakens prepares for its explosive release. Naturally, the marketing machine is cranking into full gear. Part of the most recent promotional blitz found Jimmy Kimmel Live! hosting a Star Wars-themed episode.
And Kimmel pulled out all the stops. In preparation for what he referred to as “the most anticipated sequel…since the New Testament,” he gathered an all-star cast of Star Wars players, including Carrie Fisher, John Boyega, and Daisy Ridley. During the show, he even got Abrams to reveal the first word spoken in the film.
First up on Kimmel Live! was director J.J. Abrams, who talked about his relief at completing the film: “We have a couple more color corrections, but we’re done.” He also offered a little more insight into his decision to jump into the Star Wars film saga, citing how he got carried away during his meeting with Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, and unleashed the first word spoken in the movie: “this.” Abrams then showed the most recent Force Awakens clip, featuring Rey (Ridley) and Finn’s (Boyega) explosive initial encounter.
Check out the video, below:
Following his talk with Abrams, Kimmel brought out Fisher, Boyega, Ridley, and Adam Driver (who plays Kylo Ren in The Force Awakens). They discussed the secrecy involved in the shoot—not being allowed to take their scripts off-set—and shared their families’ reactions to landing their dream roles. Later in the show, the cast and Abrams matched wits with adorable 7-year-old Star Wars super fan, Arden Hayes.
The theme show also included several fun skits, such as a pre-recorded segment where Han Solo (Harrison Ford) makes up with Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew) for sleeping with his wife (apparently a Kimmel running joke) and an Artoo-delivered hologram from Carrie Fisher on the end of the classic hair rolls. Have a look at those clips, below:
Admittedly, watching the cast and crew interact on Kimmel came as somewhat of a relief to those of us worried about onset chemistry. The assembled groups seemed very comfortable with one another, closer to family than a disparate band of actors and their distant director. Also encouraging was Abrams’ admitted fandom, and the “profound effect” that Star Wars had on him–which better explains his nervousness about directing Episode VII in the first place. It also gives hope to those who also grew up revering the films, and those who are just discovering them.
Yet, as Kimmel joked, if the film “goes poorly, you will regret it for the rest of your life.” The learning curve for Abrams and the franchise is steep and expectations are high. We can only hope he carries through with his fandom and continues his string of successes.
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens hits theaters on December 18th, 2015, followed by Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on December 16th, 2016, Star Wars: Episode VIII on May 26th, 2017, and the Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film on May 25th, 2018. Star Wars: Episode IX is expected to reach theaters in 2019, followed by the third Star Wars Anthology film in 2020.
Source: Jimmy Kimmel Live!