See Maz Kanata In Action In Latest Star Wars: The Force Awakens Footage

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Ava DuVernay Wouldn’t Make a Marvel Movie, but Maybe Star Wars?.

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. “Spielberg had a Super 8 camera when he was little—I had a doll,” Ava DuVernay told us this week, shortly after getting her first look at her very own Barbie doll.“The knee-jerk reaction, if I had to, is Ava DuVernay, who I think would just kill it,” Abrams said in an interview with Nerdist‘s Dan Casey when asked which female writer/director he would choose to tackle the franchise. “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.

A former publicist and indie filmmaker who broke through big time with Selma, DuVernay isn’t the typical movie brat in the model of Steven Spielberg or George Lucas, especially when compared to J.J. But their mood was obvious on Monday afternoon as tourists paid little heed to the celebrity impersonators on Hollywood Boulevard, instead focusing their curiosity on more than 100 people camped out in the courtyard of the historic Chinese Theatre. “We’re lining up for the new Star Wars movie,” Australian Caroline Ritter at the front of the queue told an incredulous-looking couple visiting from Ohio who stopped to inquire and take photos. 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. 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. Even then, given the success that surrounded the release of the first movie, this is a level of excitement and, it’s fair to say, merchandising genius, that I have not seen before.

Screenwriter and producer Lawrence Kasdan says that Episode VIII director Rian Johnson will make “some weird thing,” which suggests an embrace of different points of view; then again, Star Wars is as valuable a franchise as Marvel, if not more, and DuVernay or anyone else would be unlikely to make a film that was entirely his or her vision. And if I appear to be having too good a time from time to time, it’s because I don’t know how to stay up late and because the [late-night talk show] hosts are really good at what they do. Most cinemas now sell tickets online and rely on digital projectors, which means the number of screenings can be more easily adjusted to meet demand. “At night, you freeze and, in the day time, you cook. For a long time, it seemed like you felt detached from “Star Wars” and all the insanity around it and fought on some level against how associated you were with Han Solo.

But if we spend all our time talking about me in the past, we’ll never get to talk about this movie. [pauses] I was never comfortable with talking about it. Ever since then, particularly in 1999, with the arrival of Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, camping out here became just another part of the pageantry that accompanies each Star Wars release. But this was very ambitious — correctly ambitious in every sense. [Director] J.J. [Abrams] is a hard-working, highly skilled filmmaker. [Co-writer] Larry Kasdan is back to give us access to the tablets that came down off the mountain, as it were.

Given everything you, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher went through after the original “Star Wars,” it must be interesting for the three of you to watch what that young cast is going through now. I’m both very happy for them and I hope that they’ll be as happy for themselves once they get it all figured out. [laughs] Because it takes a while. Yeah, I mean, you dress up in those clothes and you look over your shoulder and there’s a guy in a dog suit and you kind of remember what the drill is. But there were also some interesting new aspects to the character given the passage of time, and they figured out some very interesting things for us to do.

Watching them lose their minds, seeing people weeping when you say “Chewie, we’re home” in the trailer — has it hit you in a different way what “Star Wars” means to people? And I have to put that down to the fact that these films have been passed down through families to succeeding generations — and there have been a couple. And so there’s this broad awareness, this cultural — and I mean this to be in quotations — “significance.” There’s this community experience that is the reference for this enthusiasm. No, I just don’t trust old airplanes that much anymore. [laughs] Other than that, in the words of my philosopher friend Jimmy Buffett, [expletive] happens.

Each circumstance is different according to the people involved, the temperature of the world you’re releasing the film into, your own affinity for the material, where you are in the breadth of your capacity to be useful.

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