Excitement for Star Wars: The Force Awakens is at an all-time high, and director J.J. Abrams is working hard to take it even higher. In addition to trailer releases and social media snippets, Abrams is also doing interviews and releasing behind-the-scenes views of the production to the Force-hungry public.
In a new interview, Abrams talks about the difficulties of taking over the Star Wars brand and the work that went in to making the new film a worthy addition to the saga. The interview brought with it several new production images, giving fans an even better perspective of what went into the filming of The Force Awakens.
The most striking thing about the new images is how "real" they are. It's been long known that Abrams and company were going with practical effects wherever possible, and these pictures really show that off. It's one thing to know that there's an actual Millennium Falcon set piece being built for the film; it's another to see a photograph of one of the leads standing beside it. The pictures show Abrams in his element while the actors are hard at work and let the fans see the world of Star Wars from a literally different angle.
Check out those Force Awakens production images (via Wired), below:
Another interesting bit from the interview is Abrams talking about how he and co-writer Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back) structured the narrative for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. As Abrams explained to Wired:
"We wanted to tell a story that had its own self-contained beginning, middle, and end but at the same time, like A New Hope, implied a history that preceded it and also hinted at a future to follow. We’ve been able to use what came before in a very organic way, because we didn’t have to reboot anything. We didn’t have to come up with a backstory that would make sense; it’s all there. But these new characters, which Force is very much about, find themselves in new situations—so even if you don’t know anything about Star Wars, you’re right there with them."
Though much of the interview covers information that's already been discussed elsewhere, it still shows Abrams' passion for the project and his desire to make a Star Wars film that the fans can truly enjoy. It's obvious that Abrams himself is a fan of the saga, and being able to take it over and shape the new film into something worthy is both an honor and a hugely intimidating task. The behind-the-scenes glimpses give hope that he can pull it off, however.
Not everyone is an Abrams fan, of course, and there are still some fans who are worried how the film will turn out after seeing the results of the Abrams-led Star Trek revival. Abrams obviously hopes that a focus on physical sets and a reduction in CGI will put their minds at ease - though only time will tell for certain.
Star Wars: 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.