“there’s nothing more important in the star wars universe than the fans”
completely self- sufficient and very solitary. Until she meets another character [ Finn], and an adventure begins.” Finn, adds Boyega – a huge Star Wars fan who got Harrison Ford to sign a Han Solo action figure on set – “is in incredible danger. The way he decides to react to this danger changes his life, and launches him into the Star Wars Universe in a very unique way.” Isaac, meanwhile, says Poe is “the best freakin’ pilot in the galaxy. He’s been sent on a mission by a certain princess, and he ends up coming across Mr John Boyega’s character, and their fates are forever intertwined.”
Abrams stresses his intent to recapture the weathered look of the first three Star Wars films. “One of the things I loved so much about the original trilogy was that sense of everything being lived in and used. It was a world of underdogs and you just felt like you were fighting against an enemy that was bigger and larger… The look and the feel of that technology – being anything but pristine, anything but brand new – was really important. There needs to be a contrast. The amazing aesthetic, again, the brilliance of what George did, the contrast between the gleaming Empire and the dusty Cantina. We’re very much following that feeling. This movie takes place decades after Jedi. So this film needs to follow suit.”
According to Carrie Fisher – who appeared on stage alongside original stars Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Mark Hamill – Princess Leia will once more have a new ’ do. “The buns are retired now. So we’re probably not gonna have the futuristic buns. But I think we have an alternate thing you’ll be very into. Which is not the metal bikini, I promise.” As for the presence of other females in the expanding Star Wars Universe, Fisher says, “I liked being the only one when I was 19 and that was possible. But now I need some backup.”
Perhaps as a response to many fans’ belief that their feelings were ignored by George Lucas throughout production of the prequel trilogy, Kennedy declares, “I don’t think there’s anything more important in the Star Wars Universe than the fans. That generational experience is really important, and it’s everything in terms of the future of Star Wars. You guys energise us, so thank you.” Isaac mentioned his own experience as a fan helped him overcome his nervousness in accepting his role, winning huge laughs when he explained how he cranked up the Star Wars theme, grabbed a shampoo bottle, and pretended it was a lightsaber in order to feel the Force once more.
Stormtroopers: this year’s model. Note the very familiar background decor. John Boyega as conflicted Stormtrooper Finn. Those TIE Fighters still can’t hit the Falcon…