JJ Abrams ranks the most jaw-dropping moments in Star Wars history

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Daisy Ridley glams up in ruffled mini dress with dazzling bejeweled neckline for Star Wars: The Force Awakens fan event in South Korea.

While Luke Skywalker has been mysteriously absent from much of the promotion for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the actor who plays him will be front and center during a new documentary that looks at the real-life inspiration for the iconic weaponry and fighting style at the heart of the Star Wars saga, as well as the work necessary to create the onscreen lightsaber fights. “What people don’t realize is how much goes into what appears to be just minutes on the screen,” Hamill said in a statement about the show. “The elaborate choreography for the actual fight is done on several different sets over a period of weeks and then it is edited down to what you see on the screens, so I am happy people are able to see the amount of work that goes into it.” As well as Luke Skywalker himself, viewers will get to see The Force Awakens’ John Boyega and director J.J. “To me, the knee-jerk reaction if I had to [name someone] is Ava DuVernay, who I think would just kill it,” Abrams told Nerdist when asked about potential female writers or directors he’d like to see working on a Star Wars feature. “She is as much a fan of genre movies … and hearing her talk about, not just Star Wars, but hearing her talk about those kinds of films is evidence that she would just kill it,” he continued. “When you look at her work in Selma, which was as well told, sophisticated and humane as I think has come out in the last decade, I mean, she is just — if she can do that story that well, there’s no question she’d kill [a Star Wars] movie.” The current line-up of future Star Wars directors is all-male: Gareth Edwards (Rogue One, to be released in 2016), Rian Johnson (The as-yet untitled Episode VIII, 2017) and Colin Trevorrow (The equally unnamed Episode IX in 2019).The 73-year-old actor is matter-of-fact about almost everything involving the sci-fi series’ latest episode — from his reunion with Carrie Fisher (“It was no big deal.”) to the franchise’s unwavering popularity (“For me, it’s old news.”). “The new, young actors Daisy Ridley and John Boyaga were well cast, well directed and are huge talents,” he said, his gritty voice lifting, during a recent interview. “They come off really well in the movie. The untitled Han Solo project scheduled for 2018 was originally to be directed by Josh Trank before he left the feature in April this year; he was replaced by the team of Christopher Miller and Phil Lord in July.

The unusual frock featured ruffled panels on the skirt, with white blooms dotted over the black, while the high neckline was topped off by a dazzling jewelled collar. DuVernay had previously been in the running to direct 2018’s Black Panther for Lucasfilm’s sibling studio Marvel, but dropped out this summer, saying that she and the studio “just didn’t see eye to eye” on the project. The Brit actress added to the glam factor with a super chic up do, while she finished the ensemble off with winged black eyeliner and a glossy pink lip.

The special’s teaser doesn’t show much outside of footage we’ve been seeing since the late ’70s, but it does bring up the question of how “The Force Awakens” will handle its lightsaber fights. The iconic character, who hasn’t been seen on screen since celebrating the fall of the Galactic Empire in 1983’s “Return of the Jedi,” serves as an unlikely mentor to scavenger Rey (Daisy Ridley), defector Finn (John Boyega) and pilot Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) as they team up to take on masked adversary Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and his minions. Without much training, the characters using the Jedi weapon in this film will doubtfully be as acrobatic or refined as many fighters in the prequels were.

While the film has been cloaked in an unparalleled level of secrecy, Ford guaranteed that fans can expect the same Solo they fell in love with from the original “Star Wars” trilogy. “The shorthand is that he’s older and wiser, but his bones are the same,” Ford said. “He’s not selling real estate now. While we do not sit down and describe what he’s been doing for those years, we do discover in the context of the story what the complications have been in his life.” The brunette beauty has already charmed her way into the hearts of fans after she posted her emotional reaction to viewing the first trailer of the upcoming film. Before landing the role of Rey following an intense five-audition process, Daisy had appeared in numerous British TV shows including ITV’s Mr Selfridge, Silent Witness and Casualty.

The casting has transformed the 23-year-old’s life and she recently revealed she sought help from fellow Brit actress Emma Watson on how to approach her new-found fame.

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