Time Magazine Article Reveals Interesting New Facts About The Force Awakens
Time magazine goes behind the scenes of the making of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in their latest issue. Several new interesting facts and one new question raised in the article will probably keep us busy for the next 10 days, until the movie hit theaters on December 18th. Read on to find out what they are.
Although this is an official release, be careful of POTENTIAL SPOILERS!
One interesting new fact is, that the Stormtrooper armor evolved since we saw it in Return of the Jedi. Time magazine joined an audio session at Fox Studio.
They pause on a moment when a Stormtrooper named Finn, played by the English actor John Boyega, takes off his helmet. As he does so there’s a quiet whoosh sound, as of a vacuum seal being broken.
“I know,” he says finally. “But this is the future of the past.” In the future of the past, Stormtrooper armor seals tight.
Time has already seen the 20 minutes of The Force Awakens, so if you don’t want to be spoiled you better stop here.
In that 20 minutes–mild spoilers follow–a young woman named Rey, played by Daisy Ridley, sits disconsolately on a dead-end desert planet in the shade of a wrecked AT-AT, waiting for her life to happen. (“I know all about waiting,” she says.) Her only companion is a friendly droid named BB-8. At the same time Poe Dameron, a captured rebel pilot played by Oscar Isaac, is being tortured by the sinister masked dark-sider Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) aboard a Star Destroyer belonging to the evil First Order, a military faction inspired by the Empire. Finn, the Stormtrooper, having realized that he wants to be one of the good guys, busts Poe out and together they steal a TIE fighter (“I’ve always wanted to fly one of these things,” says Poe).
So far, nothing we don’t know yet, but there as new twist for all those who followed the rumors. The reason why the First Order is looking for BB 8.
They crash-land on the desert planet where Rey lives. Poe is presumed dead in the crash, but Finn meets up with Rey and BB-8, who turns out to be carrying information vital to the resistance. The First Order is hot on their heels. They need to escape. There’s a ship, Rey says, but it’s “garbage”–a clapped-out old rust bucket. Pan over to the garbage ship. It is the Millennium Falcon.
OK, Rey isn’t the first one who never heard of the Millenium Falcon.
Carrie Fisher compares the directors, Lucas and Abrams.
“George doesn’t really talk,” says Carrie Fisher, who reprises the role of Princess Leia in The Force Awakens. “We were going to make a sign for him when he got sick at one point, saying faster and more intense, because those were his directions. J.J. is a very good communicator, so really in that sense he’s the opposite.”
In 1977 when Star Wars hit the theaters, people saw a nobody become somebody. Leia, Luke and Darth Vader, had to stand on their own feet.
To Abrams that’s one of the bedrock themes of the whole movie: “This is a story of disparate orphans who discover each other, and who discover that they can trust each other.” (…)
“The idea that there would be a new generation of young people, a new generation of nobodies. That was what Star Wars was for me, so wonderfully: a story of desperate nobodies who became somebodies.”
This is something to chew on, since so many fans speculated about the offspring of the Skywalker family. The quote doesn’t rule out a Skywalker offspring, but expands the story to new opportunities. So, who are the orphans of the Sequel Trilogy?
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