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J.J. Abrams Talks 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' & Episode VIII

J.J. Abrams Talks 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' & Episode VIII

J.J. Abrams poses for a portrait in the upcoming December 2015 issue of Wired magazine.

The 49-year-old Star Wars: The Force Awakens director opened up to the mag about the highly anticipated movie. Here is what he had to share with Wired editor in chief Scott Dadich:

On the one thing the film absolutely needed to be: “That was really the only requirement Larry (Kasdan) and I imposed on each other: The movie needed to be delightful. It was not about explaining everything away, not about introducing a certain number of toys for a corporation, not about trying to appease anyone. This has only ever been about what gets us excited.”

On the authentic passing of time in the film: “It was important that Han Solo be Han Solo but not feel like he’s playing a 30-year-old dude. When you’re 70, you will have lived a different set of experiences. That has to be apparent in who he is. Harrison was required to bring a level of complexity that a 30-yearold Han wouldn’t be required to have. Then there were things like the radar dish.”

On Episode VIII, being directed by Rian Johnson: “That will be his movie; he’s going to do it in the way he sees fit. He’s neither asking for nor does he need me to oversee the process.”

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  • Mierzwiak

    The Force Awakens IS Episode VII…

  • Delores Pauldo



    “the highly anticipated movie”… sure, in 1985. This is 2015, 30 YEARS LATER, GENIUS!! There are hardly any movie theaters left anymore and more people watch YouTube than own televisions or who have EVER, EVER been to a movie theater, EVER!! WAY, WAY OUT TOO LITTLE, WAY, WAY OUT TOO LATE!! 8(

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