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J.J. Abrams on Criticism, George Lucas, and the Mystery Surrounding Reys Power

Discussion in 'SWNN News Feed' started by SWNN Probe, Nov 21, 2019.

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    A couple months ago, director J.J. Abrams sat down with Rolling Stone to discuss the challenges of ending the Star Wars saga. The article just recently posted, and in the interview, Abrams gives his take on fan criticism, George Lucas’ reaction to The Force Awakens, and teases something interesting about Rey, the Jedi hero of the sequel trilogy.

    I got a little bit of a weird vibe from this interview, feeling that the interviewer was intentionally trying to push some buttons with Abrams. But regardless of whether this was all a planned discourse or a surprise attempt at showering the director with some pointed questions about the criticism over the first two films of the latest Star Wars trilogy, the questions certainly did the job in eliciting some interesting responses from Mr. Abrams.

    To start things off, Rolling Stone addressed some of the challenges that this new film, The Rise of Skywalker, would present in its production:

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    Abrams also went on to explain why he felt this film should serve as a bookend to the Skywalker story:

    He also addressed his initial response to Rian Johnson’s take on the story and how it affected his approach to the final film:

    [​IMG] Early Concept for Rey (from The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens)

    Abrams was also asked about the original idea behind Rey as a character:

    Later in the interview, fan criticism about Rey’s preternatural giftedness in the Force was brought up, like how she was able to learn things even faster than Luke was in the original trilogy. Abrams didn’t say much about this, but his response was certainly interesting, implying that there’s a lot more to learn about her in the final movie:

    Rolling Stone then brought up Disney CEO Bob Iger’s recent book where he revealed George Lucas’ disappointment with The Force Awakens. Abrams also took a moment to give his reaction to Lucas’ comments and his feelings of gratitude towards the Star Wars creator:

    Head over to Rolling Stone for the complete interview and a really cool image of J.J. Abrams and Adam Driver on set of The Rise of Skywalker.

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    #1 SWNN Probe, Nov 21, 2019
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