J.J. Abrams is a director known for his infamous mystery box, where he tries to keep the deepest secrets of whatever film he’s working on under lock and key until the final product is ready for its theatrical premiere. During principal photography for his latest feature, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, he was able to shoot the film without too much coming out; but as he progresses through post, more and more rumors pertaining to the film are coming out – some of which can be considered major spoilers.
Well before Episode VII started rolling the cameras, Disney was aware that this could be an issue, as Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy remarked that the information age in which we live in makes it difficult for a film as anticipated as Force Awakens to be completed under cover of darkness. We’ll have to wait until December to see what’s truth and what’s fiction, but Abrams has confirmed that some of the theories being tossed around are valid.
While the filmmaker was hosting the Irish Oscar Wilde awards (where Force Awakens star Carrie Fisher was being honored), he took the time to speak about how the new Star Wars film is coming along with BBC News. One of the subjects he touched on was the recent leaks of pertinent information regarding the core narrative. If Abrams is to be believed, we haven’t gotten the full story just yet:
“We did the best we can to preserve the story for the audience, but it doesn’t always work. There are a ton of rumors – some true, some false. But I’m grateful for everyone who would want to read a spoiler because it means that they care and want to see the movie.”
Obviously, Abrams wouldn’t specify which rumors were true, but his words are encouraging to those who have been following the development of The Force Awakens. It’s true that he could just be trying to throw audiences a curveball with his “some false” comment (in an effort to throw them off the spoiler trail), but it seems more likely he is telling the truth here. That would be all for the better, as it will leave some surprises left to be revealed for when we actually sit down to see the movie.
The teaser trailer for Episode VII seemingly verified a few of the rumors that have been circulating the web (i.e. John Boyega’s Finn is an AWOL stormtrooper), but it’s important to keep in mind that the brief preview is really all we’ve seen from the studio since the project was announced. Any huge tentpole in the vein of a Star Wars film is going to be subject to a plethora of unverifiable speculatory reports (remember “Bryan Cranston is Lex Luthor?”), so no matter how strong any fresh rumors seem, you should still keep those grains of salt handy unless the source is the studio itself.
Abrams mentioning that he is “grateful” for anyone who would seek out potential plot spoilers is a fascinating one, since Abrams is one who values the experience of being wowed by a movie the first time you see it. Knowing the important story beats ahead of time could negatively impact one’s viewing experience, but when it’s something as big as The Force Awakens, there are going to be legions of fans eager to find out what happens – an illustration of just how passionate people are about these types of films (even if they’d be better served staying in the dark).
With word that Abrams and Kennedy will be kicking off this year’s Star Wars Celebration in April, many have pointed to this event being the site for the debut of the second Force Awakens trailer. While we don’t expect the new clip to spell everything out, it will hopefully establish a framework for the film’s main storyline and help us get a better idea of which rumors are true and which are false. No matter what we hear between now and then, the movie will be here before you know it.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens will hit theaters December 18.
Source: BBC News
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